In what may be the pivotal moment when Trump’s campaign (finally!) plunged into the realm of complete unelectability, a horrifying tape has emerged that has the hot-headed narcissist proving what we all already know: that he’s an incorrigible misogynist.
The footage – taken from a 2005 shoot for Access Hollywood – features Trump casually discussing how he uses his fame to grope and sexually assault women.
“I am automatically attracted to beautiful women. I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss, I don’t even wait … and when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything,” Trump is heard remarking to then-host Billy Bush (who, interestingly, is a cousin to George and Jeb Bush).
He further elaborates, discussing how he can “grab [women] by the pussy” because of his prominence.
Throughout this bizarre election season, mainstream Republicans – with some notable exceptions – have been loath to condemn the Republican presidential nominee. This has had a troubling effect on our democratic discourse, as Trump has normalized what any decent individual would consider deeply bigoted and violent rhetoric.
But this may be the proverbial straw that broke the, er, elephant’s back. Republicans rushed to distance themselves from Trump in the 24 hours following the video’s disclosure. From John McCain to Paul Ryan, the conservative elite have vocally condemned the flailing candidate.
Though, as can be expected from Trump’s back catalog of shameless supporters, there were still voices out there defending the self-admitted sexual predator.
In one truly exceptional moment, GOP strategist Ana Navarro held Trump supporter Scottie Nell Hughes to task for her hypocrisy. Speaking on a panel on Don Lemon’s CNN program, Navarro reasonably argued that the tape is a ethical test for conservatives: “Every single Republican is going to have to answer the question, ‘What did you do the day you saw the tape of this man boasting about grabbing a woman’s pussy?’”
To which Hughes quips: “Please stop saying that word. My daughter is listening.”
Navarro’s response was priceless, even cathartic:
“You know what, Scottie? Don’t tell me you’re offended when I say ‘pussy,’ but you’re not offended when Donald Trump said it. I’m not running for president. He is.”
Click here to watch the exchange.