Without a doubt, the 2016 election season is going to go down as one of the lowest moments in United States political history. The fact that someone like Donald Trump managed to reach the level of success he has — even if he doesn’t win — will definitely be a moment we look back on with shame and embarrassment.
While Trump has said and done many outrageous things during his campaign, his continued attempts to turn Bill Clinton’s affairs into some sort of negative attack on Hillary is something that’s made absolutely no sense no matter what angle I try to put on it.
First, Bill’s behavior has nothing to do with Hillary. In fact, it’s incredibly sexist to imply that she should be held responsible, or at least judged, because of the character flaws and indiscretions of her husband.
Furthermore — Donald Trump has had at least one extramarital affair. Not only that, but Trump has a very extensive (and well-documented) history of sexism and derogatory comments about women. So it makes absolutely no sense for an adulterer who’s frequently demeaned and degraded women to attempt to use the infidelity of another man — to attack his wife.
But the truth is, there’s actually more to this hypocrisy.
During an interview with Trump surrogate Kayleigh McEnany, CNN’s Jake Tapper brought up a few great points concerning the GOP candidate’s behavior and the sort of people with whom he’s surrounded himself.
“Kayleigh, I am not one for bringing in people’s personal lives, but it doesn’t seem to me that Donald Trump — whose extramarital exploits filled tabloid after tabloid in the ’80s, ’90s and more, has that much of a moral high ground when it comes to the question of his rival’s husband’s infidelity,” Tapper stated.
That’s absolutely true. As I just said, it’s rather absurd for someone like Trump to apparently be the main person behind recent pushes to make Bill’s personal issues Hillary’s problem based upon his own past.
However, Tapper’s point about who Trump has surrounded himself with was the best part of the entire segment.
After McEnany said she felt that people “around” Trump should bring up Bill’s behavior, not the campaign itself, Tapper asked her who exactly she felt should do that.
“Kayleigh, which people around him should bring it up?” Tapper asked. “Roger Ailes, Steve Bannon, Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich. He is surrounded by a philanderers club. Why would any of them have a leg to stand on?”
Each and every one of those men has had at least 3 marriages or is currently in the midst of an extensive sexual harassment scandal that cost him his job as CEO of Fox News. Let’s just go ahead and call this grouping of staunch Trump supporters and campaign advisors a cornucopia of masochistic bottom-feeders from a sexist era we’re desperately trying to leave in the past.
I consider myself someone who can usually find some sort of “rational spin” to justify decisions — but not this.
Not only has Trump had an affair, while also having a rather lengthy resume filled with sexism, but he’s also surrounded himself with deplorable men who’ve treated women like they’re beneath males. So it’s absolutely laughable for, of all people, Donald Trump to make morals (especially as it pertains to marital promises or respecting women) the focal point of his latest attacks against Hillary Clinton — a woman who had nothing to do with her husband’s behavior.
Watch Tapper’s comments below via CNN: