It is no secret Democrats always accuse their Republican opponents of infidelity. The media piously points fingers at Republican politicians while ignoring Bill Clinton’s indiscretions for decades. So, such accusations against Donald Trump have proved to be no big surprise.
Trump defused the Access Hollywood bombshell during the 2nd Presidential Debate by inviting several of Clinton’s accusers to sit in the front row. That, along with Trump’s apology, forced the moderators to move on to more important issues. It was a very smart move.
It was only a temporary Band-Aid. Within days at least 10 women stepped forward to launch new sexual assault accusations against Trump. Given his political party and his opponent, the American public has every reason to question whether any of the women are telling the truth. However, it places Trump’s strategy in a bit of a predicament. Trump is telling people there is no reason to believe his accusers while at the same time insisting we believe Clinton’s.
To Trump’s defense, several witnesses have come forward to debunk some of the sexual assault stories. This is good news for Trump. Yet there is one, small detail that is making Trump different than any other Republican nominee we have ever had.
Until now, Democrats evoked damage with their accusations even though they rarely, if ever, had any evidence. As the Clinton campaign is so riddled with corruption, any accusation they level is without a doubt highly questionable. The difference with Trump is his own braggadocios evidence. For decades Trump has boasted orally and in writing about groping women and sleeping with married women. His second wife is the result of a very public affair he flaunted during his first marriage. Exaggerated or not, the bigger than life Trump persona continues to feed ammunition directly to the Clinton campaign.
Trump argues that Access Hollywood’s breaking news of an 11-year-old interview was nothing more than “locker room banter.” Such talk does not prove he actually assaulted anyone, but added to his 30-year history, it makes it difficult to dismiss the possibility.
His lustful behavior is so well documented, that Jay Leno seemed to foresee this very election all the way back in 1999.
Trump lamented in a recent speech how difficult it is to go through such pain, especially in front of his family. “To be lied about, to be slandered, to be smeared so publicly and before your family that you love is extremely painful.” He is dead on about that. It is the very reason why so many good people will not enter politics. But Trump added, “I take all of these slings and arrows gladly for you.”
It appears to be a noble act. However, he is simply now on the receiving end of the very same dirty politics that he engaged in during the primaries. He accused Ben Carson of pedophilia and claimed Sen. Ted Cruz engaged in affairs with five women. Trump is merely reaping what he has sown. To win, he must acknowledge that.
In Cruz’s case, Trump tried to play innocent by claiming he was just citing the National Enquirer. He argued for the tabloid’s reliability as they were the ones that broke the John Edwards affair years ago. Unfortunately, they are also the ones that ran several stories documenting Trump’s own infidelities and questionable behavior over the years.
All of Cruz’s supposed mistresses came out immediately and denied the accusations. Trump argues that we are supposed to believe the women. Trump’s own standard shows the allegations against Cruz were an obvious lie designed only to slander a political opponent.
At the time, Trump and his supporters dragged Cruz through the mud, badgering him to answer questions regarding the alleged affairs. Trump not only doubled down on the accusations, he further claimed Raphael Cruz, Ted’s father, was part of the John F. Kennedy assassination. Again, he cited the National Enquirer as his source. Surprisingly, those who demanded Cruz respond to Trump’s accusations of sexual impropriety are being eerily silent now that their candidate is the target and not the mudslinger on the grassy knoll.
Because of the well-worn tactics of the left and the giant Clinton political machine, there was no doubt that Hillary’s operatives in the media and her campaign would take the general election into the depths of depravity. We all knew it. Because the Clintons are so vile, a plurality reasoned that the only way to fight a mudslinger was with another mudslinger. There is rational and logic in that train of thought. Unfortunately, Trump’s own admitted history gives Hillary all the dirt she needs to fight with. She only has to add water. It seems that every time Trump lays down a winning hand, Hillary has something from his own past as her trump card.
Numerous people saw this predicament coming as soon as Trump entered the race. They rejected Trump as the nominee because of it. It also explains why so many have stayed #NeverTrump to this day.
Despite Trump’s sordid past, millions are going to pull the lever for him because Hillary is just so much worse. It is a legitimate and understandable argument. Hillary is horrible and nothing Trump has done comes close to her criminality.
But, to become president, Trump has to win over those that see his past as the single best predictor of his future. He must persuade those skeptical voters that haven’t been swayed. The only way he can do that is to completely humble himself. He has to admit that he was a playboy billionaire and he lived his life to the max, seeking out and loving the attention of beautiful women. Who wouldn’t? He needs to confess that at 70 years old, he is no longer that guy. He is worried about the future of this country for his grandchildren and your grandchildren. His life is no longer about him, but about you. That’s why he’s running for President – To Make America Great Again.
If Trump wants to fight Hillary with mudslinging, he must also fight her with contrition. It is the critical Clinton skill missing from Trumps campaign. Americans are willing to forgive such behavior if they are given a sign of repentance. After all, they are willing to vote for the wife of an impeached President – and that’s her strongest credential to the White House.
How do we know this will work? Because it’s the very tactics the Clintons have perfected over the past 30 years.
“Indeed, I did have a relationship with Miss Lewinsky that was not appropriate. In fact, it was wrong. It constituted a critical lapse in judgment and a personal failure on my part for which I am solely and completely responsible…I misled people, including even my wife. I deeply regret that… Now, this matter is between me, the two people I love most — my wife and our daughter — and our God. I must put it right, and I am prepared to do whatever it takes to do so… We have important work to do — real opportunities to seize, real problems to solve, real security matters to face. And so tonight, I ask you to turn away from the spectacle of the past seven months, to repair the fabric of our national discourse, and to return our attention to all the challenges and all the promise of the next American century.” (Bill Clinton – August 17, 1998)
The right’s Ace in the hole used to be character. But Trump’s strength with his supporters is that he tells it like it is. If so, he should be honest about who he was and what he did, not blame the Clintons for revealing it. By doing so, he takes away the stain of all the dirt he just wants swept under the rug and takes away Clinton’s strongest charge against him.
I just pray when this election is over, all Americans will learn from this experience and return to making character matter again. It’s time to recapture our right mind and spirit. It is the only true way to put this country back on a path to a better tomorrow.
But that’s just my 2 cents.