AP Photo/Julio Cortez

AP Photo/Julio Cortez

Listen To You Tell Me Texas Friday 10/14/16


I have been taken to task in the comments on the post just prior to this one by John, a listener and reader who accused me of being dismissive of the significance of Donald Trump’s comments about women. He said that his concern is driven in part by the fact that he has two daughters. (So do I, John, just for the record.)

He said that multiple women have come forward “corroborating” what was heard in the hot-mic tape of Donald Trump talking crudely about what he likes to do with beautiful women.

The fact is neither he nor anyone else knows that there is corroboration. What we know is that multiple women have, at just this particular moment, come forward. Why now? What were they waiting for? The timing is rather opportune, is it not?

I’m not proud of Donald Trump. He is worthy of strong criticism. But we need some consistency. If Donald Trump’s words regarding women are disqualifying, why aren’t Hillary Clinton’s? There is little doubt that she was ruthless in her attempts to discredit Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick and other women who accused her husband. There is little doubt that she suborned her husband’s abusive behavior.

If Trump’s words about women are such an outrage, why do Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton so enthusiastically associate with rapper Jay-Z? Jay-Z has been a guest at the White House and he is a big supporter of Hillary Clinton. Here are some of his words about women in his hit record, “Big Pimpin.’”

You know I thug em, f**k ‘em, love ‘em, leave ‘em
Cause I don’t f**kin’ need ‘em
Take ‘em out the hood, keep ‘em lookin’ good
But I don’t f**kin’ feed ‘em…

And so on. It gets much worse.

What Donald Trump said about women in private is as nothing compared to what’s out in the culture and openly celebrated by many on the Left.

John, what about your daughters vis. a. vis. those Jay-Z lyrics?

If what Trump said is such an outrage, how does Hillary Clinton remain married to Bill? How does she continue to embrace the support of the likes of Jay-Z? Trump said what he said in what he thought was a private conversation. Jay-Z sold millions of copies of “Big Pimpin’” to the public.

If Dems or queasy Republicans are “outraged,” the outrage is rather selective. If those Republicans cannot in good conscience support Donald Trump, how do they reconcile the fact that their lack of support for Trump constitutes de facto support for Hillary Clinton?

With respect to the treatment of women, are Hillary Clinton’s skirts any cleaner than Donald Trump’s?

How do these Republicans then reconcile that they are helping to elect a woman who is evidently not outraged by a rapper who donates money to her from the millions made from recordings that talk about women in the most vile ways imaginable?

How do they reconcile the possibility of sending two people with an actual history of mistreating women back to the White House?

With respect to this very tawdry election and with respect to the treatment of women by either candidate, any honest expression of outrage can only come after navigating a very congested path. There may be a less objectionable choice for president. There is no really good choice.

It is a serious issue, John, and I can assure you that I am not the least bit dismissive.

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