The election is about a month away now. Thank heavens it is almost over now, though our heartache and headache at the plight of our nation will continue, unfortunately. I mean, really, how can it not be when you look at the options of who will end up as Leader of the Free World?
Donald Trumps’s terrible treatment of women has been widely reported throughout this campaign season. For reasons that continue to elude me, many women (and men) continue to dismiss this aspect of his character, one that is prevalent, it seems. Well, the AP has more astonishing revelations about Trump’s treatment of women who were on, or worked for, “The Apprentice.” Check this out:
The staffers and contestants agreed to recount their experiences as Trump’s behavior toward women has become a core issue in the presidential campaign. Interviewed separately, they gave concurring accounts of inappropriate conduct on the set.
Eight former crew members recalled that he repeatedly made lewd comments about a camerawoman he said had a nice rear, comparing her beauty to that of his daughter, Ivanka.
Randal Pinkett, who won the program in December 2005 and who has recently criticized Trump during his run for president, said he remembered the real estate mogul talking about which female contestants he wanted to sleep with, even though Trump had married former model Melania Knauss earlier that year: “He was like ‘Isn’t she hot, check her out,’ kind of gawking, something to the effect of ‘I’d like to hit that.’ “
Okay. As if this isn’t disgusting enough, that Trump compared another woman’s rear end to his DAUGHTER’S is just perverse. Seriously perverse. Again, how is it that so many women, and religious leaders, support this man?? UGH.
Naturally with Trump, there is more:
A former crew member who signed a non-disclosure agreement and asked not to be identified, recalled that Trump asked male contestants whether they would sleep with a particular female contestant, then expressed his own interest.
“We were in the boardroom one time figuring out who to blame for the task, and he just stopped in the middle and pointed to someone and said, ‘You’d f… her, wouldn’t you? I’d f… her. C’mon, wouldn’t you?'”
The person continued: “Everyone is trying to make him stop talking, and the woman is shrinking in her seat.” […](Click here to read the rest.)
Good heavens. There is more, and you can go read it, if you can stand it. But yeah – this is the man a number of Republicans want to be President, even people whom we had (formerly) respected. Wow.
And then there is Hillary Clinton. There are so many things about this woman many of us supported 8 years ago that have come out since then. I wrote years ago that Clinton would be tarnished by being Obama’s Secretary of State, but I had no idea just how badly tarnished she would be. Between the emails and Benghazi alone, Clinton’s reputation has justifiably taken a big hit. Not as big as either one of those stories should have had, I think. Either ONE of them should have been sufficient to torpedo her run. But no. Perhaps people are just tired of hearing about the emails since the FBI let her off the hook, and Benghazi, so they have stopped paying attention – if they ever did, that is.
But there is one man who knows firsthand about his life being torpedoed by Hillary Clinton. That would be Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the filmmaker Clinton (and Obama) blamed for the terrorist attack in Benghazi. As Legal Insurrection highlighted, his life has been destroyed:
Hillary’s treachery and lies are now well-known because of documents uncovered against the State Department and Hillary’s wishes. Those documents show that as she was blaming Nakoula’s film for a supposedly spontaneous mob attack, she privately told her daughter and others that it was a planned terrorist attack (which it was). Hillary lied through her teeth to preserve her own political future and that of Obama.
Nakoula was immediately arrested after publicity about the film revealed that he used the internet in violation of probation terms. While Nakoula’s life is murky, there is no doubt that his life has spiraled downward since the false claim that his movie led to the deaths. He spent a year in prison.
Fox News reported on September 12, 2016, Blamed for Benghazi: Filmmaker jailed after attack now lives in poverty, fear:
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the Coptic Christian whose short video “The Innocence of Muslims” was initially faulted for sparking the Sept. 11, 2012 terror attack at U.S. diplomatic compounds in Libya, is now living in a homeless shelter run by First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, Calif. He has served time in prison, been shamed publicly by the White House and threatened with death.
“I don’t believe in democracy anymore,” Nakoula told FoxNews.com. “I don’t think there is such a thing as freedom of speech.” …[…]
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Uh, yeah. That is where Naboula is now – a homeless shelter, his life in tatters. I reckon that’s what happens when you have the Secretary of State and the President bring the full force of the Government on you to cover up their own failings.
But hey – what’s the destruction of a man’s life – five, if you count those killed in Benghazi – to those who want the first woman to be President? I mean, really. It will be “historic,” after all!
In all honesty, I had considered not voting for anyone for the first time in my adult life. I am so disgusted by the choices we have before us, the thought of pushing the button for any one of these people, the whackadoodle Johnson included, literally makes my head hurt.
But then I saw the following piece in The Federalist, and I thought the author made a good point, one he frames in terms of Conservative Christians, but I think it applies to others of us as well:
Voting for Gary Johnson is really voting to advance the Libertarian Party, and this is good for conservative Christians for two reasons. First, it weakens the current Democrat-Republican duopoly, opening up opportunities for real alternatives in the future. Second, it promotes the cause of limited government, which should resonate with conservative Christians.[…]
It’s highly unlikely Johnson will win this election. However, if he musters enough votes, it will put the Libertarian Party in a better position for 2020. Then, they could nominate a better candidate—one more attractive than Johnson to conservative Christians and more in keeping with libertarian principles. In effect, Johnson becomes a placeholder for 2020. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
And for what it’s worth, Johnson’s VP pick, Gov. Weld, has changed his stance on gun control, too, so there is that.
In any event, I thought the author made a good point about breaking up what, to me, is really a monopoly of the two parties, which are flip sides of the same coin. O I am reconsidering my decision.
Bottom line, while I have said this before, I have to say it again: I cannot believe these are our choices this time around. Just cannot believe it.
This Mary Chapin Carpenter piece seems appropos, the title, if nothing else:
This is an Open Thread. Talk about whatever is on your minds!
On a personal note, Suzy, the animals, and I are safely ensconced in a lovely Hilton property in Columbia, SC waiting out Hurricane Matthew. Despite a long 4 hr trip for what should have been 2 1/2 – not because of traffic, which was fine,, but traveling with a dog, and one of the cats meowing THE ENTIRE TIME, it was the right decision. As of this writing, the hurricane appears to be heading toward our island. Prayers and good thoughts that it veers away… Thank you to everyone who has checked in with us. It is much appreciated!