All of Donald Trump's recent scandals that make him unfit for the White House
In the wise words of the classic Kenny Rogers song "The Gambler," "You've got to know when to hold 'em / know when to fold 'em/know when to walk away / and know when to run." And when it comes to the Trump train, it's time to cut your losses and flee as fast as your feet will carry you.
Actually, if we're really being honest, that time was months ago. Some may even argue that time was before the real estate mogul's campaign officially began. But the bottom line is, the buck stops here, you guys. New revelations are pouring in every day, so the proverbial cards are all on the table now.
The following garbage moments from Trump that have come to light over the last few weeks should prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that this man is unfit to be president.
Of course, if after absorbing all of this info, you still consider yourself a card-carrying member of the Trump club (or a "Trumpkin"), I imagine you'll just find a way to continue justifying your candidate's bad behavior. Hey, that's your prerogative. It's a free country! Or at least it will be until Trump builds a wall around it, repeals the 19th Amendment and throws all of his detractors in jail.
1. When he sexualized a 10-year-old girl
In footage from an Entertainment Tonight segment back in 1992 that just resurfaced, Trump speaks to a little girl in a pink jacket who (it has since been disclosed) was 10 at the time. After she goes up the escalator at Trump Tower, he quips to the camera, "I am going to be dating her in 10 years. Can you believe it?" To be clear, this qualifies as sexualizing a minor. True, she would be 20 at the time he would hypothetically be dating her. But she wasn't 20 in that moment. She was 10.
2. Or the time he sexualized his own daughter
Or one of them at least. In a clip from The Wendy Williams Show that has started making the rounds on social media, Williams asks Ivanka Trump what her favorite thing she has in common with her father is. For her part, Ivanka innocuously responds, "Either real estate or golf." Makes sense, right? You know what doesn't, though? The fact that the Donald's response was, "Well, I was going to say sex, but I can't relate that to...," gesturing toward Ivanka. Ick.
3. When he made the now-infamous lewd-slash-rapey comments
Things really started to sour for Trump when The Washington Post secured video footage from 2005 in which you can hear Trump bragging to TV host Billy Bush about kissing and groping women. "I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her,” Trump tells Bush of actress Arianne Zucker. “You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — 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.” He then adds, "Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything." For the millionth time, it's not the word pussy that offends women — it's the lack of consent. That is textbook sexual assault.
4. When he was a backstage voyeur at pageants
Perv alert! In recently aired audio from the Howard Stern radio show, Trump explained, "Well, I'll tell you the funniest is that before a show, I'll go backstage and everyone's getting dressed and everything else, and you know, no men are anywhere, and I'm allowed to go in because I'm the owner of the pageant and therefore I'm inspecting it. You know, I'm inspecting because I want to make sure that everything is good. You know, the dresses. 'Is everyone OK?' You know, they're standing there with no clothes. 'Is everybody OK?' And you see these incredible-looking women, and so, I sort of get away with things like that."
5. When his camp reportedly told Miss Teen USA he "doesn't like black people"
On Oct. 13, Maryland native Kamie Crawford — who won Miss Teen USA in 2010 — tweeted her experience with Trump, saying she was warned of his racist predilections prior to meeting him. "As the first [woman of color] to win the title in almost a decade — I was forewarned prior to meeting him that, ‘Mr. Trump doesn't like black people. So don't take it the wrong way if he isn't extremely welcoming towards you. If he is, then [you] just must be the type of black he likes,'" she tweeted, adding she apparently was his type and that she personally witnessed him being racist toward another black contestant.
6. When four different women accused him of sexual assault
As in four different women from four different times and places. First, The New York Times quoted two women as saying Trump touched them inappropriately. Then, the Palm Beach Post ran a story on a Florida woman who said Trump sexually accosted her his Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago estate 13 years ago. As that story was breaking, People magazine staff writer Natasha Stoynoff bravely opened up about an alleged incident during which Trump pushed her against a wall and started "forcing his tongue down [her] throat." At the time, Trump's wife Melania was very pregnant with the couple's child.
7. When Trump trolled his former Miss Universe
Although Trump's trolling of 1996 Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, occurred two decades ago, his misogynist remarks were brought back into the spotlight during the second presidential debate when Clinton pointed out he had called Machado "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping because she was Latina." In subsequent remarks, he has once again criticized Machado's weight, leading to Machado opening up about his appalling behavior and the eating disorder she developed due to it.
8. When Robert De Niro said he wanted to punch Trump
When Robert De Niro was asked to do a neutral video for a bipartisan campaign encouraging the public to vote, he agreed. Only he wasn't able to keep his cool where Trump was concerned, as evidenced by the scathing clip that leaked late last week. "He talks [about] how he wants to punch people in the face? Well, I'd like to punch him in the face," De Niro vents.
9. When his fan base called for the repeal of the 19th Amendment
I don't think I could make this stuff up if I tried, y'all. So, when FiveThirtyEight statistician Nate Silver published projections on Tuesday of how the electoral map would look if each sex was the only sex allowed to vote, it was alarmingly clear Trump would go down in flames if women had the final say. In response, Trump's fans created the hashtag #RepealThe19th to suggest — wait for it — that the country would be better off if the Amendment giving women the right to vote was repealed. As in, women would no longer have the right to vote. And, yes, male and female Trump supporters are in favor of this.
10. When Tom Hanks took him to task
Tom Hanks is such a nice, happy guy. If you can manage to piss him off, well, you might have a personality problem. It says a lot, then, that Hanks didn't mince any words about Trump this week during an interview with the Press Association. "That’s just not right, I’m sorry. It’s not right at work; it’s not right in the locker room. It’s wrong, period. The end. That’s all," he said of Trump's conversation with Billy Bush, which he said offended him as a man. He also delivered a simple yet brilliant analogy about the election: "It’s kind of like if you have a horrible, painful tooth, and you need a root canal. Who are you going to see? A guy who says, ‘Oh, I think I can figure that out, how to do a root canal for you. Lay down.' Or are you going to see somebody who’s done 6,000 of them, has a degree on the wall and has a great history and expertise when it comes down to it."
11. When he implied an alleged victim wasn't attractive enough to assault
Remember how People writer Stoynoff came forward this week to reveal her own story of sexual assault by mealy-mouthed Trump? Well, he just offered a rebuttal — and it's downright disturbing. At a rally, he said, "You take a look. Look at her. Look at her words. Tell me what you think. I don't think so. I don't think so." The obvious implication here is that Stoynoff isn't attractive enough to be assaulted by Trump. Please, Mr. Trump, take all the seats.
12. When he reportedly called actress Marlee Matlin "retarded"
On Oct. 12, former Apprentice contestant Richard Hatch came forward to tell Entertainment Weekly that, during his season featuring deaf actress Marlee Matlin as well as Lisa Rinna, Trump lobbed lewd comments at the women. The following day, the Daily Beast reported that Trump's vile behavior didn't stop there. Three sources allegedly confirmed that the now GOP candidate repeatedly called Matlin "retarded."
Matlin responded to the report in a statement via Twitter, saying, "Recent media reports have circulated that Donald Trump allegedly referred to me as 'retarded.' The term is abhorrent and should never be used. The fact that we are talking about this during a very important moment in American history has upset me deeply. I am Deaf. There are millions of Deaf and hard of hearing people like me, in the United States and around the world who face discrimination and misunderstanding on like this on a daily basis. It is unacceptable. So, what's the response? It's not about insults or taking each other down. As a person who is Deaf, as a woman, as a mom, as a wife, as an actor, I have a voice. And I'm using that voice to make myself heard...and vote."
13. When Trump called Khloé Kardashian a "fat piglet"
Eesh. And the dumpster fire that is the Trump campaign keeps burning. So, reports have now surfaced that when Khloé Kardashian appeared on Celebrity Apprentice in 2009, Trump made derogatory comments about the TV personality in front of numerous people on the show (who are now revealing this abusive behavior). According to the sources, Trump said, "Why don't we fire Khloé? She is a fat piglet. Why did we get the ugly Kardashian?" He allegedly complained often about not getting the "hot" Kardashian and often referred to Khloé as ugly.
14. When he spoke about what sex might be like with then-teen Lindsay Lohan
In yet another Howard Stern clip recorded in 2004 and now making the rounds on social media, then 58-year-old Trump focused his pervy attention on then 18-year-old Lindsay Lohan. Stern asked Trump if he could imagine what the "troubled teen" might be like in bed (at this point, it's surprising Stern isn't Trump's running mate). "She's probably deeply troubled and therefore great in bed," Trump said, adding, "How come the deeply troubled women, you know deeply, deeply troubled, they're always the best in bed?" Charming.
15. When Trump said, uh, all the things
Come on, y'all. At this point, even if you're a Trump supporter, you've gotta be having some second thoughts, right? These things that Trump says and does aren't fabricated by the media — they are verbatim. Need it put in context? Watch Bustle's brilliant associate web culture editor Emma Lord sing a song she wrote comprised entirely of words from Trump's mouth (above).
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