Thursday, October 13, 2016

Evangelicals Without Standards - UPDATED

Lanny Davis must be dizzy from the déjà vu.

Davis was a famously stalwart defender of Bill Clinton during the scandals of the 1990s. Little did he know that the excuses and rationalizations made for Clinton then would be repurposed by some of Clinton's harshest and most moralistic critics for a Republican presidential nominee.

Such are the gymnastics that Donald Trump requires of his most loyal evangelical backers. One day, historians will puzzle over how a man representing the mores of a debased celebrity culture became not just the nominee of the Republican Party, but the candidate of the religious right. After the “Access Hollywood” tape emerged of Trump bragging about an act of attempted adultery and getting away with groping women, representatives of “values voters” jumped most eagerly to his defense.

In a weird and depressing year, this has to rank among the strangest and most dispiriting phenomena. The salt has lost its savor as the price of a place at the table on the Trump Train. Read More

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The Allegations:
New: Trump Faces Another Accusation — This Time, He Looked Up Models’ Skirts
New: Trump accuser: He touched me 'wherever he could find a landing spot'
Make-up artist who sued Donald Trump in 1997 harassment case says ‘p---y’ grabbing is ‘exactly what he did to me’
A Timeline of Donald Trump's Creepiness While He Owned Miss Universe
Teen Beauty Queens Say Trump Walked In On Them Changing
Donald Trump’s Creepy Stewardship Of The Miss Teen USA Pageant
In Donald Trump, I See My Own Attacker
Trump faces more groping allegations
Donald Trump Faces Accusations Of Inappropriately Touching Women
Palm Beach Post exclusive: Local woman says Trump groped her
People Magazine writer claims Donald Trump physically and sexually abused her during 2005 interview: 'It wasn't just talk in my case'
Physically Attacked by Donald Trump – a PEOPLE Writer’s Own Harrowing Story
Four women accuse Trump of inappropriate touching
More Women Come Forward With Donald Trump Groping Allegations
Four Women Accuse Trump of Inappropriately Touching Them Years Apart: Reports
Donald Trump once joked about wanting to date a 10-year-old girl, as five women claim the GOP candidate groped them
The Allegations Women Have Made Against Donald Trump
SEE IT: Donald Trump says if he wasn’t caught cheating on his ‘beautiful wife’ Ivana with girlfriend Marla Maples, life would’ve stayed 'a bowl of cherries’ in 1994
Lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of raping 13-year-old girl gets December hearing

Trump's Response:
New: Trump goes full Breitbart
New: Trump warns that Clinton and international banks are plotting 'the destruction of global sovereignty'
New: Trump: The Suffering Messiah Of The Alt-Right
New: Feeling Burned by Media, Trump Turns Up Heat
New: Trump hasn't sued a newspaper for libel in decades, records show
New: Trump Debuts 3-Part Defense Against Sexual Abuse Allegations
Trump Calls Sexual-Assault Claims Conspiracy to Defeat Him
'New York Times' to Trump's lawsuit threat: Bring it
Trump staunchly denies sexual-assault allegations: 'These vicious claims ... are totally and absolutely false'
Trump Attacks Female Accusers; Blames Clintons, Press
Trump Threatens To Sue His Female Accusers
Trump Suggests He Didn’t Assault People Writer Because She Wasn’t Hot Enough to Assault
Donald Trump on accuser: 'Take a look at her ... I don't think so'
Trump against the world
Walking into a room full of young women in various states of undress is not a propriatory right. It is the misuse of one's position as the sponsor of a beauty pageant. It is the kind of behavior reported by victims of sexual abuse: the perpetrator walks into the victims' bedroom when she is dressing or undressing or into the bathroom when she is taking a bath or about to take one. Note also Trump's response to the allegations of the women who are reporting that he made unwanted sexual advances toward them. He is not satisfied to deny the allegations but threatens the women with retaliation in the form of a law suit and spins their allegations as a part of conspiracy involving them, the media, and the Clinton campaign.

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