The flames in the dumpster fire over Trump's "extremely lewd" sexual comments about women just keep getting bigger.
While America waits to see if Trump will have a follow up public address to the nation ahead of tomorrow's presidential debate as he suggested he might in his interview with the WSJ, earlier today his wife, Melania, came to his side when she issued a statement saying that while she was offended by her husband Donald Trump's "unacceptable" sexual remarks about women, she asked the nation to accept his apology.
In her statement she said that the “words my husband used are unacceptable and offensive to me" but “this does not represent the man that I know. He has the heart and mind of a leader.”
Melania Trump Statement pic.twitter.com/NRVt3yK2UO— Colin Campbell (@colincampbell) October 8, 2016
She added that she hopes "people will accept his apology, as I have, and focus on the important issues facing our nation and the world."
However in keeping the public attention, and media pressure on Trump, CNN reported moments ago that Trump engaged in "crude and demeaning conversations about women over a 17-year-period with radio shock-jock Howard Stern, according to a review by CNN's KFile of hours of newly uncovered audio."
While hardly surprising considering the venue, among the topics Trump discussed: his daughter Ivanka's physique, having sex with women on their menstrual cycles, threesomes, and checking out of a relationship with women after they turn 35. Some quotes from the just released recordings seem relatively benign, and in line with what one would expect from a Howard Stern interview:
In more than one interview with Stern, Trump took part in conversations about Ivanka Trump's appearance, including one about the size of her breasts. In an October 2006 interview, Stern remarks that Ivanka "looks more voluptuous than ever," and asked if she had gotten breast implants. Trump is willing to engage in the discussion about his own daughter, telling Stern that she did not get implants.
Trump frequently talked about his personal sex life on Stern's radio program, which included him willingly engaging in a discussion about having sex with women on their menstrual cycles. "Will you have sex with a woman if she's having her period? Go ahead," Stern asks Trump in a 1997 interview. "I thought he was looking at Kate when he said that," Trump responded, looking at his "Art of Comeback" co-author and fellow guest Kate Bohner. "She's done that."
In a 2008 interview, Trump said he was still having "a lot" of sex with his wife Melania. Later, when co-host Artie Lang asked Trump if he ever had a threesome -- describing multiple women together weighing 300 pounds -- Trump willingly responds in the affirmative, and actually suggests he has slept with three women collectively weighing 375 pounds.
In an 1993 appearance, Stern and Trump discussed wealthy men who cannot get dates, when Stern says the difference with Trump is that he satisfies the women he sleeps with. "And I couldn't care less," Trump replied.
In an April 2005 episode, Stern asked Trump if there was ever a time when he had sex with Miss Universe or Miss USA contestants. "I never comment on things like that," Trump answered.
In a 1993 interview, Trump and Stern engaged in a conversation about fidelity in marriage, with Stern relaying how Trump was shocked when he told him that he doesn't cheat on his wife.
To be sure, Trump has long engaged in sexually explicit banter over the years, particularly on Stern, and now CNN has decided to once again refocus the public's attention with the leading article on CNN's web site.
Meanwhile, as new historical cases of Trump's derogatory language emerge seemingly by the hour, some of Bill and Hillary Clinton's old accusers have taken to the public arena.
One such public appeal was smade by Bill Clinton rape accuser Juanita Broaddrick who weighed in on Donald Trump’s controversial comments from 2005. “How many times must it be said,” she tweeted Saturday morning. “Actions speak louder than words. (Donald Trump) said bad things! (Hillary Clinton) threatened me after (Bill Clinton) raped me.”
How many times must it be said? Actions speak louder than words. DT said bad things!HRC threatened me after BC raped me.— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) October 8, 2016
In a subsequent tweet, she again targeted Hillary for calling Trump's remarks "horrific" while "she lives with and protects a "Rapist". Her actions are horrific."
Hillary calls Trump's remarks "horrific" while she lives with and protects a "Rapist". Her actions are horrific.— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) October 8, 2016
Broaddrick has previously accused then-Arkansas Attorney General Bill Clinton of raping her in a Little Rock hotel room in 1978. She says Hillary later confronted her in an attempt to intimidate and silence her.
Another old adversary of Bill Clinton's emerged today when Paula Jones, former Arkansas state employee who sued U.S. President Bill Clinton for sexual harassment, also weighed in with a post on Facebook, “I don’t recall that Bill or Hillary has ever apologized to me and Juanita Broaddrick or Kathleen Willey yet Bill was getting his wee wee sucked under the Oval Office desk and still won a second term, Unbelievable!" she said as she slammed "two faced hypocritical liberals."
Kathleen Willey, a former White House volunteer aide who, on March 15, 1998, alleged on the TV news program 60 Minutes that Bill Clinton had sexually assaulted her on November 29, 1993, during his first term as President, also took to twitter, saying "[Donald Trump] apologized.Where are Bill, and the Hag's apologies to Juanita,Paula,Eileen,Gennifer,Dolly,me?We're waiting,we're not holding our breaths."
DT apologized.Where are Bill, and the Hag's apologies to Juanita,Paula,Eileen,Gennifer,Dolly,me?We're waiting,we're not holding our breaths.— KATHLEEN WILLEY (@kathleenwilley) October 8, 2016
In subsequent tweet, she continued her attack on Hillary saying "The Hag has called us bimbos,sluts,trailer trash,whores,skanks. From one woman to her rapist's victims.When will u resign from ur campaign?"
The Hag has called us bimbos,sluts,trailer trash,whores,skanks. From one woman to her rapist's victims.When will u resign from ur campaign?— KATHLEEN WILLEY (@kathleenwilley) October 8, 2016
Some have speculated that the emergence of the Trump tapes at this time is to preempt an attack by Donald on Hillary regarding Bill's past during tomorrow's debate, which increasingly appears will be focused on "family values", or the lack thereof, as well as providing some much needed cover for Hillary over the actions of her husband.
Hillary's CTR propaganda goal today is to stop Bill "sex predator" talk. Block the "Bill's not running" people. They're all getting paid. pic.twitter.com/H9XEjthEaL— Pat the Berner (@SilERabbit) October 8, 2016
As for the question whether it is "deplorable" for a potential president to have engaged in trash talk in the past, there are numerous examples of precisely that, starting with president Obama...
... continuing through JFK, LBJ, Nixon...
... And then back to Obama again.
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So what to make of today's relentless assault on Trump's 2005 statement? It probably suggests that sexual infidelity and treatment of women will be if not on the agenda of tomorrow's debate, then certainly one of the key discussion points as both candidates veer away from the prepared narrative and into the one topic that has no bearing on the future of the US economy and nation, yet everything to do with an election that has now become all about the personal failings of the two most disliked presidential candidates in American history.
It is unclear how anyone can win that particular debate, as the thin gloves of cordial demeanour fully come off, and the mudslinging begins in earnest.