How low can you go?
Can things get even worse for Donald Trump?
Throughout his campaign, the Republican nominee for president has been both applauded and arraigned for his rude behavior, blunt personality, and crass manner of speaking.
Most recently, the former reality star and current presidential hopeful was crucified by the media after a disturbing tape from 2005 was leaked in which he casually discusses molesting women along with former Access Hollywood correspondent Billy Bush. Most infamously, aside from bragging about using his star power to force himself upon and grope women, Trump used the exact words, “And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the p***y.”
These five words have turned the Trump campaign on its head, and while many Trump supporters are brushing it off—as Donald has—as “locker room talk,” others are fleeing left and right, including prominent Republican Party leaders.
But clearly, this episode hasn’t ended Trump’s campaign. Could anything, at this point? Well, according to a former producer from The Apprentice, there’s more to come.
Behind “The Apprentice”
When the Trump taps from 2005 were leaked over the weekend, it seemed like things couldn’t get worse for Donald Trump and his campaign.
Then, Emmy Award winner and former Apprentice producer Bill Pruitt dropped some bombs on Twitter:
“As a producer on seasons 1 & 2 of #theapprentice I assure you: when it comes to the #trumptapes there are far worse. #justthebeginning”
Is this real? Or just a threat? Chances are there is plenty of truth to Pruitt’s claim.
Think about it: Trump’s defense from the Access Hollywood tapes is that it was casual “locker room talk” not meant to be taken seriously. Only he knew he was wearing a microphone, so not only did he brag about assaulting women, which in and of itself is disgusting, but he did so while fully aware that anyone could have been listening.
Now imagine he’s under the pressure of trying to film his big show, people are making mistakes, assistants aren’t doing everything he’s asking, he’s the star: The things he might say or do, while not outright illegal, are endless.
So is there more to come?
Trump Tapes, Take Two
Though Mr. Trump has apologized for his remarks on the tape, he once again defended himself saying that those who know him personally know that this isn’t what he’s really like. But he’s used this excuse before, which leads us to think he is absolutely as he seems on those tapes. So could there be more to come?
Fox News contributor Guy Benson tweeted that this indeed could be a possibility. “Anti-Trump operative tells me 2 more big oppo hits coming. Says 1 is ~on par w/ ‘p***y grab,’ the other is worse. But no details. We’ll see.”
What could possibly be worst than his p***y grab comment, which will certainly haunt him for the rest of his life? Even his dismissal of the statement as “locker room talk” is disturbing: This singlehandedly normalizes the culture which makes sexual assault a regular occurrence. This isn’t just locker room banter. It’s premeditated assault.
But does the people most central to the Trump campaign really care?
Melania Trump makes it her business to look good. A former model, Mrs. Trump is often commended for her fashion choices, as so many former first ladies and hopefuls have been before her. Donald brags about her all the time, but he brags about his daughter Ivanka the same way.
Throughout the campaign, Trump’s family has stuck by his side like glue, which is a testimony to their love for each other, or at least through the mutual benefits they know they’d get through their patriarch’s victory. But do they actually support all of the things he’s said and done thus far?
While Trump criticizes Hillary for sticking with Bill after learning about his infidelities, one could apply the same argument to Melania. After his degrading talk about women and immigrants, as well as the way he bragged about sexual assault, many women in her position might begin to get uncomfortable. But not Melania.
In fact, following last night’s debate, many people are interpreting Melania’s fashion choice as some sort of tacit support of her husband or even as an insult, but to whom? To the Clinton campaign? To survivors of sexual assault? The jury is still out.
As it so happens, the fuchsia shirt that Melania wore to the debate is a $1,100 Gucci top known as a “pussy-bow.”
Surely, as a fashion professional, Melania must have known the terminology. If not, whoever bought her the shirt or picked it out for her to wear to the debate must have known, right?
Twitter user @etoilee8 wrote during the debate, “Melania’s definitely trolling us with that PUSSY bow.” Trump’s campaign later denied that the outfit choice was on purpose. What do you think?
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