Trump Couldn’t Care Less

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By now everyone on earth knows that Trump sometimes behaves like a pubescent middle school jerk.

His excuse is that this sort of stuff goes on in places where men gather all the time. As a man who has spent a lot of time in locker rooms from my youth to the present day, I can testify that many men tire of these conversations as we grow older. About the time that we become parents or uncles, we appreciate the hurt that objectification can cause. We choose not to associate with those men who remain focused on their own desires. We certainly don’t encourage it, as Billy Bush did. But some men never grow up. Trump appears to be one. The significant difference is that 12-year old boys are talking about what they would like to do. 70-year old billionaire celebrities have the power to live out their adolescent fantasies.

He said it was all talk. No harm was done. He didn’t actually do any of the things that he claimed he did on that video. He admitted that it was a mistake. He asked voters to forgive him and move on.

What moving on in this case means is criticizing perhaps the highest profile woman in US politics today who happens to be his opponent — Hillary Clinton.

The primary point of attack is Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State. This particular incident has been thoroughly investigated by both the Congress and the FBI. No charges were filed. Clinton admitted that it was a mistake. She said that no harm was done to anyone. She apologized for her mistake and has asked voters to move on.

Trump has built his campaign on the claim that Clinton did something illegal.Unbiased fact checkers dispute that claim. So I’m not going to dwell on the details of his false claims. They appear to motivate his base and they certainly are doing damage to the whole political process.

Hopefully the hypocrisy of these similar requests for forgiveness is obvious.

But there is more here that needs to be discussed.

That’s the claim against Clinton that her email use was an arrogant disregard for the law. That perceived arrogance is what fuels the deep distrust and even hatred of many Trump supporters.

Trump’s claims regarding this tape, whether true or not, also reveal an arrogant disregard not only for the law, but also for the dignity and respect that all women deserve just because of our common humanity.

Trump blames his actions on the way that beautiful women make HIM feel. He can’t resist the urge to go up and kiss them. What’s worse, there are many documented incidents where he has done just that. He has a pattern. People with OCD who also struggle with impulse control have behaviors that they repeat over and over again. Trump’s pattern involves consuming a breath mint so that his breath will not offend prior to “stealing” a kiss. What he doesn’t seem to realize is that it isn’t his breath that is offensive. It’s his assumption that every woman would welcome that sort of unsolicited embrace. This is the core of his arrogance. He can’t imagine why a woman would object.

He feels that his process of rating women based on their appearance is a complement to those at the top of his scale. He fancies himself as a connoisseur of beauty. But if a woman fails his test, or worse yet, objects to being treated that way, then he feels entitled to demean her in every way imaginable. Worse, he feels no remorse because, in his own words, they deserved it. They deserve it for their failure to “take care of themselves”, or their gall to reject him.

Some of his comments about groping women reveal another dimension to his delusion. Women allow themselves to be groped because he is powerful.

In Trump’s mind, his ability to assault them without consequence is part the privilege that he has earned as a star and a billionaire. Even if this were true, and women did allow those with that sort of power to fondle them without complaint — what sort of man would take advantage of this power?

That’s the difference between Trump and Clinton.

Clinton has used her power and position to protect her private life from those who would seek to use that information to attack her. She uses her power to defend herself and her family from powerful men like Trump who have attacked her from her earliest days in politics. As the first woman to be nominated by a major party for the most powerful political office in the country, she has had to confront sexism her whole life. Her success can in part be attributed to her willingness to acquire and use the power that she needs to accomplish her ambitions. Trump’s supporters admire his unbridled ambition. Unfortunately, an ambitious powerful woman is still feared by many in our country.

Trump has used his power for self-gratification. He doesn’t appear to have any concerns about how his actions affect others. I suspect he equates empathy with weakness. He celebrates his ability to prey on beautiful women because it supports his basic narcissism. When asked by Howard Stern about how he satisfies all of the women that he sleeps with, Trump said “I couldn’t care less”.

20 Responses to “Trump Couldn’t Care Less”

  1. Keith says:

    Blah blah blah….

    Take out trumps name and incert Hillary’s. Same story. Have you seen any wiki leaks emails in the last couple of days? I know many are taken out of context but the mountain is huge.

    If you believe this is about Hillary’s email you are very much incorrect.

    I don’t want her growing the govt and I certainly my don’t want her naming 2-4 Supreme Court justices. She’s part of the team that totally botched the Middle East. She have very little track record of success and no one trusts her.

    Take this test Jeff. Trump is the most popular person, they say, to ever run for president, Hillary second only to him. Yet your blog, which very much reflects CNN, MSN, Huffington Post, and NBC have only bad things to say about Trump while saying very little, good or bad about Hillary.

    I look at huffing post, NYT Washington post this morning. Many many negative article about trump while zero, count them, zero positive. All about the tape and how he’s getting killed. How the Republican Party is fracturing and breaking apart. Not a single bad comment about Hillary or the dems. How can this possible be? She the second worst candidate ever! Also, scantly a mention of the massive email dump which if you haven’t seen any of it, isn’t pretty. It basically shows a corrupt government if true.

    Cheers.

  2. Jeff Beamsley says:

    Take out trumps name and incert Hillary’s. Same story. Have you seen any wiki leaks emails in the last couple of days? I know many are taken out of context but the mountain is huge.

    This post DID talk about Clinton and Trump.

    It’s not the same story. Clinton has used power to protect herself. Trump has used power to impose his will on women.

    Your willingness to accept Trump statements and his denials are remarkable.

    The rest of this month is going to be a waterfall of additional Trump tapes and women coming forward to document that they were victims of his sexual assaults.

    The NYT published two accounts this evening.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/13/us/politics/donald-trump-women.html

    How many more of these women need to come forward before you agree that Trump is unfit for office?

    You don’t have to vote for Hillary, but voting for Trump is endorsing this behavior.

    I’ve already posted a comment regarding the Newsweek story that at least one of the leaked emails was a fake and the curious timing that suggest that someone in the Trump campaign got a copy of this email before it became public.

    Trump said that he never did the things that he bragged about on a tape. We now have evidence that he lied.

    Trump said his campaign has no connections to Russia. It now appears that this may also be a lie.

    How many more lies will he have to tell before you’ll finally tumble to the conclusion that this guy isn’t qualified to be President regardless of who he may appoint to the Supreme Court.

    As far as the middle east, I’ll post something else comparing their policies, but Trump’s plan for the middle east is worse than his tax plan. If you look at history, until recently Trump pretty much agreed with most everything that Obama did in the middle east.

    If public trust is what earns your vote, neither candidate had earned the trust of a majority of voters. In early September, roughly 30% of voters trusted Clinton and 40% trusted Trump. Clinton, however, has been gaining dramatically in the polls overall. I suspect that as the next round of polls come out, she will surpass Trump in the trust category too. When she does, will you change your vote?

    Finally your going to drag that old dead media bias cat out again?

    It’s not true.

    Here are the stats if you would like to review them.

    Both candidates have had about the same amount of negative coverage, and any preference detected in the study was VERY small. Some biased for Trump and some for Clinton.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/09/20/is-the-media-biased-toward-clinton-or-trump-heres-some-actual-hard-data/

    You may have also heard Trump complain of bias during the second debate. When the time speaking for both was calculated, Trump actually spoke one minute more than Clinton.

    Media bias is a myth, but your interpretation is worse.

    You expect me and the print media to say something bad about Clinton for every bad thing that I point out for Trump.

    That isn’t my job or the media’s job. My job is to express my opinions. The media’s job is to report the news. If there is more bad news about Trump, as there appears to be right now, it’s going to get reported. But EVERY major new outlet also has articles about the WIKIleaks too. Your bias just makes it difficult for you to acknowledge that they are there.

  3. Jeff Beamsley says:

    You are also likely to drag the old assault claims regarding Bill Clinton into this. That’s certainly what most of the rest of those who are still supporting Trump are doing.

    Bill isn’t running for office.

    Hillary is.

    Hillary decided to stay with Bill. That is her choice.

    If ANY of these women want to attempt to prosecute Bill for their claims, they are welcome and they should.

    Here’s the history that we know.

    The 1970 Juanita Broaddrick rape allegation is the most disturbing as far as I’m concerned. There are some things that don’t add up, but I don’t believe in blaming the victim. I don’t know why she didn’t press charges, but still continues her public crusade. I do know that when Ken Starr reviewed her case, and he obviously had a bias against Bill, he determined there wasn’t enough there.Slate did a good job of going through the details.

    Kathleen Willey claimed that Clinton groped her in the White House. Ken Starr gave her immunity for her testimony but never used it. That’s because Linda Tripp testified under oath that Willey told her the meeting was consensual and was initiated by Willey.

    Paula Jones claimed that Clinton exposed himself to her. She did file a case during the Clinton impeachment trial. That case was originally denied, but Jones appealed. Clinton chose to settle the case without an admission of guilt.

    As far as Hillary Clinton’s involvement in these cases, their claims are weak soup. Broaddrick claimed Hillary said something mean to her. Willey claimed all sorts of strange events in her life were the result of a Clinton plot. Jones said that Clinton tried to discredit her. Politifact found their Hillary claims “mostly false”.

    The case of Kathy Shelton is just sad. She was raped at the age of 12 and doesn’t appear to have recovered. She blames Clinton who was appointed as a public defender for the rapist for the reduced sentence that the rapist received. Clinton was just doing her job as a defense attorney. Shelton’s claim is that Clinton is heard on a subsequent interview tape laughing at her is false according to Politifact. She was laughing at the poor job that the prosecuting attorney did. On that same tape, she expressed compassion for the victim.

    So what do we learn from all of this.

    1. Bill Clinton did have extra marital affairs.
    2. Those affairs nearly ended his political career and have been used by his opponents ever since.
    3. Of the women who were willing to appear with Trump, only one ever filed legal action and that person was willing to settle. The other two cases were reviewed by Ken Starr who declined to prosecute them.
    4. Hillary Clinton decided to stay with Bill. That’s her decision, not yours.
    5. There is no credible evidence supporting the claim that Hillary Clinton destroyed the lives of any of these women or somehow enabled the sexual contact that was claimed.
    6. The only reason that the Kathy Shelton is involved in this is pure political propaganda on the part of the Trump campaign.
    7. There are no tapes or transcripts that anyone has been able to find of Bill Clinton boasting of his sexual conquests or in any other ways describing women in the same terms that Trump did.

    I ask the question again, how many more women will have to come forward with their stories of being sexually assaulted by Trump before you agree that he isn’t fit for the office?

  4. Jeff Beamsley says:

    Well there you go.

    Right on cue.

    The post has a story that summarizes the NYT story of two women and adds a third who talks about an incident in 2003 at Trump’s Palm Beach Florida resort. There is a also a disturbing tape of Trump tell a young girl that he will be dating her in 10 years. That’s not assault, but it is VERY creepy. Particularly given the unsubstantiated claim that he raped a 13-year-old.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/10/12/two-women-accuse-trump-of-unwanted-sexual-touching/

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/more-unearthed-footage-trump-says-of-10-year-old-i-am-going-to-be-dating-her-in-10-years/

    How many more do you need?

    As I’ve said before, this is just the beginning. Trump is going to have a very difficult time explaining his denial to the american people in the next debate on October 19th. Chris Wallace will be under a lot of pressure to hold him accountable.

  5. Jeff Beamsley says:

    BTW BTW

    Here’s a USA Today fact check on the accuracy of some of Trump’s Wikileaks claims.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/10/12/fact-check-trump-clinton-wikileaks/91967506/

  6. Keith says:

    How many times do I have to say this. I’ll do it again. I am not a trump supporter. Period. They both are unfit for office. I’m the only one of us who can be honest about that. She’s a train wreck and so is he. I’m not defending him in the slightest. I didn’t vote in 2008 because MCCain is a loser and I would never vote for Obama. As such he nominated two justices and gave us the affordable care act. He blew what Bush had accomplished in the Middle East, right or wrong. He spent trillions for 1% or so GDP growth etc.

    I hate DC I can’t stand the republicans who are there. Both parties are pathetic and I want it blown up. Vote them all out!!!!

    So, given to pathetic choice of two unfit people you choose one. I don’t want either.

    Why do you call them Trumps wiki leaks?

    You read a claim about Trimp a women brings up as charges against him as true yet call the women who charge foul against bill and Hillary as unproven, just like the media I might add. He’s not a president, you just can’t get your arms around the same about Hillary.

    What you take my defense of him is only putting her right back at you. Your bubble, which I read, doesn’t show you enough.

    Have you even read the wiki leaks emails. Not good. AND I AM ASSUMING MANY ARE TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT SGEN THEY ARE IN NEWS ARTICLES!!!!!

  7. Keith says:

    See Jeff, I read you blog for the spritual wickedness analysis by a Christian. I am encouraging you to do this!!!!

    I think your writing is great. Your detail phenomenal and I very much appreciate your perspective. Just stop choosing where you see wickedness.

  8. Keith says:

    This is the non-sense that we can do with out. 40% cap gains tax on anything less then Two years? If that’s correct that’s just confiscation. Gotta wait 6 to reach 20%????? She clearly doesn’t live in the real world.

    Clinton’s plan to overhaul the taxation of capital gains by creating a six-year scale of graduated tax rates would raise $35 billion over 10 years on a static basis, but would actually reduce revenue by $47 billion under the Tax Foundation’s scoring. Her plan for capital-gains taxes, which is designed to reward long-term investors, would apply a 20 percent rate to gains on assets held more than six years. The rate would gradually increase for gains on assets held for shorter time periods, topping out at 39.6 percent for assets held less than two years.

  9. Jeff Beamsley says:

    How many times do I have to say this. I’ll do it again. I am not a trump supporter. Period. They both are unfit for office. I’m the only one of us who can be honest about that. She’s a train wreck and so is he. I’m not defending him in the slightest. I didn’t vote in 2008 because MCCain is a loser and I would never vote for Obama. As such he nominated two justices and gave us the affordable care act. He blew what Bush had accomplished in the Middle East, right or wrong. He spent trillions for 1% or so GDP growth etc.

    Thanks for the clarification. Happy you aren’t voting for Trump.

    We deeply disagree regarding Obama, particularly the claim “what Bush had accomplished in the Middle East”.

    Here’s a little reading for you on the subject.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/14/jeb-bush-isis_n_7284558.html

    Bush’s ill-advised invasion of Iraq may go down as the single worst foreign policy decision a US president ever made.

     by invading Iraq, the United States did more to destabilize the Middle East than we could possibly have imagined at the time. And we—and so many others—will pay the price for it for a long, long time.

    BTW, Obama is enjoying one of the highest popularity ratings in recent history for an 8 year President. Only Clinton and Eisenhower did better at the same point in their presidency. Important to note, Clinton’s ratings were AFTER he survived an impeachment attempt.

    Why do you call them Trumps wiki leaks?

    I did not call them Trump’s wikileaks. I said “Trump’s Wikileaks claims”. I was referencing his claims about the Wikileaks emails. I was not suggesting that he in some way owned the wikileak disclosures. I do believe that there has been some communication between the Russians, whom the US Intelligence community blames for the hacks, and the Trump campaign, but we don’t have all of the information yet to support that claim. We may have to wait until after the election for that.

    You read a claim about Trimp a women brings up as charges against him as true yet call the women who charge foul against bill and Hillary as unproven, just like the media I might add. He’s not a president, you just can’t get your arms around the same about Hillary.

    I am simply listing the claims of women. Without a video or some legal proceeding, most of these will be recollections. I have not said all of the claims of all of the women who have lodged claims against Bill are untrue. I said the Broaddrick case is very disturbing. The other two WERE investigated by Ken Starr. He chose not to pursue them.

    I AM upset about the claim by Kathy Shelton. She was traumatized by a terrible rape when she was just a child. In her delusion, she has chosen to blame the lawyer assigned to defend her rapist. Her rapist was found guilty, but of a lesser charge because of prosecutorial incompetence. That’s how our legal system works. We choose to place the burden of proof on the prosecution rather than on the defense. We have chosen to let some guilty people get away with stuff to prevent innocent people from being wrongly convicted. The defense lawyer happened to be Hillary Clinton. It was her DUTY in our legal system to do everything that she could to minimize the charges against her client even though she KNEW that he as guilty. It is unconscionable for past Clinton opponents and now the Trump campaign to take advantage of this poor woman for some attempted political gain.

    There are two BIG differences between Trump’s behavior and Bill Clinton’s behavior.

    1. Trump is running for President. Bill is not.
    2. There is NO credible evidence that Hillary either enabled Bill or retaliated in any significant way against the women who accused Bill. You may chose to believe otherwise, but that’s what the fact checkers say.

    IMHO, the choice to stay with Bill is Hillary’s ALONE. It should not be part of the discussion. Just like Trump’s decision to end two of his three marriages. That was his choice. By attacking Hillary for her decision, however, he does open himself up for criticism regarding his admitted past infidelities.

    Have you even read the wiki leaks emails. Not good. AND I AM ASSUMING MANY ARE TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT SGEN THEY ARE IN NEWS ARTICLES!!!!!

    I am very suspicious of the the leaked emails. We know that at least one of them was faked. So I don’t know how many others were also fake. The fact that whomever hacked and leaked the emails had to fake an email in order to connect Clinton to Benghazi suggests that there probably aren’t any REAL emails in the bunch that reveal anything that we don’t already know.

    Doesn’t it bother your that the only emails that have been leaked in this campaign are from the DNC and the Clinton campaign. Why haven’t leakers hacked the RNC and the Trump campaign?

    Please tell me why these hackers, whom the US intelligence community says are Russians, have only targeted the Clinton campaign?

    This isn’t a rhetorical question. I’m sincerely interested in your opinion.

    BTW, since I’m familiar with the underlying techniques, I don’t think that this was purely opportunistic. All of these systems are more or less equally vulnerable to concentrated attacks. Also it can’t just be the bigger splash. The country is more or less equally divided. They would get just as much publicity for releasing Trump and RNC emails as they would releasing DNC and Clinton emails. And it can’t just be targeting the front runner because Trump was the front runner for a while. So why have they chosen to target only Clinton?

  10. Jeff Beamsley says:

    This is the non-sense that we can do with out. 40% cap gains tax on anything less then Two years? If that’s correct that’s just confiscation. Gotta wait 6 to reach 20%????? She clearly doesn’t live in the real world.

    Clinton’s plan to overhaul the taxation of capital gains by creating a six-year scale of graduated tax rates would raise $35 billion over 10 years on a static basis, but would actually reduce revenue by $47 billion under the Tax Foundation’s scoring. Her plan for capital-gains taxes, which is designed to reward long-term investors, would apply a 20 percent rate to gains on assets held more than six years. The rate would gradually increase for gains on assets held for shorter time periods, topping out at 39.6 percent for assets held less than two years.

    Let’s try not to cherry pick.

    Happy that we are able to move past the personalities involved in this campaign and talk about issues.

    I’ll post something comparing both tax plans.

    The big numbers, however, are the most important and the best place to start.

    the Trump plan would add about $7.2 trillion to the national debt over the next decade. Because Clinton’s tax plan would reduce interest costs, it would trim the debt by $1.6 trillion over the next 10 years (though her spending proposals would likely soak up much of that revenue).

    Depending on who you quote, the numbers will vary a little bit, but the bottom line is that Trump’s tax plan has the same supply-side weakness of many recent Republican proposals. None of those that have been implemented actually delivered on the promised economic growth, so all of them ended up adding to the deficit.

    You may not like where Clinton is getting her tax revenue, but at least she is making an attempt to balance her spending increases with increases in revenue. Trump isn’t.

    More to come in the near future.

  11. Keith says:

    http://m.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2016/white_house_watch_oct13

    Every major news network is reporting on how poorly Trump is doing and he’s dead. Really. Note- I do not believe trump will win. I’ve said that all along

    I will be voting for Trump. With all his flaws his flaws are far more acceptable then voting for her.

  12. Keith says:

    If you are going to post from Huffington post then I’ll post from Rush Limbaugh. Iraq was fragile but stable after the surge. Obama gave up that stability. We are still in Germany and Japan. We should have remained forever in Iraq. That’s my personal opinion.

  13. Keith says:

    For the record I am not concerned with Bills behavior. I am concerned with Hillary’s regarding it.

  14. Keith says:

    To the wiki leaks and their credibility. Ask Debbie Wassherman-Schultz if they are real. Don’t be nieve Jeff. And I believe the exact same things go on in some circles on the right. I’m sure the same emails amoung top Republicans trying to stop Trump exist also.

  15. Keith says:

    http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/oct/12/hillary-clinton-campaigns-wikileaks-emails-reveal-/

    Also your title of this one is “trump couldn’t care less. ”

    I remember from ’93 or ’94 while perusing her healthcare plan there was some concern what it would do to small companies. She responded “I can’t be held accountable for every underfunded company in the country.”

  16. Jeff Beamsley says:

    http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/oct/12/hillary-clinton-campaigns-wikileaks-emails-reveal-/

    Also your title of this one is “trump couldn’t care less. ”

    I remember from ’93 or ’94 while perusing her healthcare plan there was some concern what it would do to small companies. She responded “I can’t be held accountable for every underfunded company in the country.”

    Sorry but Washington Times doesn’t qualify. BTW, I’ll post a similar article to the one that you objected to from the Huff Post from a source you are more comfortable with.

    What I really wanted to talk about here was Tony Snow. That’s the guy responsible for this quote, not your memory.

    Please post a link to an article from someone else than Tony Snow regarding this quote.

    Tony Snow was a Fox corespondent before he was Bush II’s Press Secretary. He’s not a reliable source. I don’t know that even he said it.

    This quote is widely cited on conservative sites, but I can’t find any primary source of the quote. As a result, until you can prove that Hillary actually said this, it goes into the pile of stuff that various right wing sources have made up about her. Please try to do better. 🙂

  17. Jeff Beamsley says:

    If you are going to post from Huffington post then I’ll post from Rush Limbaugh. Iraq was fragile but stable after the surge. Obama gave up that stability. We are still in Germany and Japan. We should have remained forever in Iraq. That’s my personal opinion.

    Here are some other references regarding the birth of ISIS.

    First politifact does confirm that the roots of ISIS were during the BushII administration.

    http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2015/may/28/jeb-bush/jeb-bush-says-isis-didnt-exist-when-my-brother-was/

    The second is a good article from Newsweek on the subject. Bush II negotiated a major withdrawl of troops with a deadline of 2011. Obama wanted to extend that deadline but the Iraqi government refused.

    http://www.newsweek.com/2015/07/03/isis-george-w-bush-barack-obama-342613.html

    Once our troops were gone the Iraqi government began to persecute the Sunni’s. That drove the local Sunni’s into the arms of the ISIS fighters when they began to slip across the Syria border.

    A residual U.S. force might have produced a better-trained Iraqi army and generated better intelligence on ISIS. But other analysts scoff at the idea—now a Republican campaign mantra—that such a force would have stopped ISIS. “The Iraqi sectarian divides, which ISIS exploited, run deep and were not susceptible to permanent remedy by our troops at their height, let alone by 5,000 trainers under Iraqi restraints,” Jeffrey wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.

    You can continue to create some other alternate history if you would like, it just won’t be true

  18. Keith says:

    We discussed this before. Obama should have be able to politely tell iraq we were staying.

  19. Jeff Beamsley says:

    Just how do you tell Iraq that even though they have asked us to leave, that we don’t want to?

    Also how would Obama, who had recently been elected by a comfortable majority based on his promise to leave Iraq that he had changed his mind?

  20. Keith says:

    Precisely. Le left because he wanted to. He shouldn’t have. Bad call.

    We simply would have told Iraq we are staying. We’re still in Japan, Germany and anywhere else we wanted to stay. Why this so different?

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