In my years covering politics I’ve never been one to make a big deal out of gaffes. All of us at one time or another have said something completely wrong or embarrassing that was clearly a mistake, with a harmless mental lapse being at fault.
That being said, there’s a difference between a gaffe and saying something so incredibly stupid that you actually end up undermining the message you’re trying to push.
That’s what happened on Thursday during an interview Donald Trump Jr. had with the Charlotte Morning News. It seems the younger Trump feels his father’s disgusting comments about sexually assaulting women make the GOP presidential candidate seem more “human” and “normal.”
“There’s sort of the reality of the situation and then there’s how the media portrays it again. So I mean, listen I know plenty of people,” Trump Jr. said. “I’ve had conversations like that with plenty of people where people use language off-color. They’re talking, two guys, amongst themselves. I’ve seen it time and time again. I think it makes him a human. I think it makes him a normal person not a political robot. He hasn’t spent his whole life waiting for this moment to run for the presidency.”
While most might focus on the assertion that these comments made him more “human” and “normal,” there’s quite a bit more revealed here than just that idiocy.
First, Trump Jr. literally admitted that he’s participated in conversations where people were boasting about sexually assaulting women. In fact, he’s seen “plenty of people” do it “time and time again.”
What that tells me is this sort of language is extremely common to him, which exposes the type of person he is, the people he hangs around and who his father is. It’s clear he thinks this so-called “locker room talk” (which is nothing of the sort) is perfectly normal because he’s apparently grown up around it his entire life.
Again, this seems to be a good piece of insight to the type of “male role models” he’s had in his life — most notably his father.
I still think Trevor Noah described it best when he said, “There’s a big difference between saying dirty words and glorifying non-consensual sexual contact.”
Plus this idea that Donald Trump and his campaign keep pushing that what he said is how most guys talk to one another is preposterous.
Sure, it might be “normal locker room talk” for men who hang around other sexual predators, which Trump Jr. apparently does quite frequently, but it’s not normal “locker room talk” for the average male.
Again, like Noah said, there’s a huge difference between using crude language and boasting about sexual assault.
But then we get to his outrageous point that him saying such things makes him seem more “human” and “normal.”
Are you freaking kidding me?
Seeing someone famous drink the same beer as me, or get excited about some of the same shows I watch, that makes well-known individuals and celebrities seem more “human” or “normal.” Hearing Trump boast about being a sexual predator in a clear attempt to impress other men was absolutely revolting. If you’re someone who sees Trump as more “human” or “normal” after watching that video, I feel sorry for you.
And enough with this “his behavior shouldn’t be a factor because he wasn’t running for president then” bullshit.
While it’s true Trump wasn’t a politician, let’s not act as if he was some low-key, private citizen who nobody knew. He’s a celebrity who cashed in on his fame to help him successfully win the GOP’s presidential nomination.
So stop with this laughable nonsense about his flaws make him more endearing since all these vile things he’s said and done in his past prove that he’s “not a politician.”
Guess what? Jared Fogle, Bill Cosby, OJ Simpson, Chris Brown, Mike Tyson — they’re not politicians either — but I damn sure wouldn’t want any of them to be president. And if for some reason any of them did run, their pasts, no matter how long ago, would be a very important issue.
Seemingly without even realizing he was doing it, Donald Trump Jr. more or less confirmed that his father is a scumbag and a sexual predator. What he said during this interview is that comments like what his father was caught making aren’t remotely shocking and nothing he hasn’t heard “plenty of times.” And considering he’s cited his father as his biggest role model and influence, it seems safe to assume where he got the idea that bragging about sexually assaulting women is “normal, human guy locker room talk” — when it damn sure isn’t.
Listen to his comments below: