After the release of the Access Hollywood video yesterday, Donald Trump released an official video apologizing for his disgusting comments objectifying more than 50% of the world’s population. Otherwise Trump has been unusually quiet, and didn’t really lie about much yesterday.
A Trump apology is a rare thing indeed, much less one where he actually admits that he was wrong. “I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not,” Trump said in a taped statement released on Twitter. “I’ve said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than a decade-old video are one of them. Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.”
But the mea culpa didn’t last long, as Trump used this moment not to sincerely apologize for his offensive comments and the underlying disrespect for the mothers, wives and daughters that they reflect, but used it to aggrandize his own journey from womanizing playboy to Presidential nominee.
“I’ve traveled the country talking about change for America, but my travels have also changed me,” Trump said. “I’ve spent time with grieving mothers who’ve lost their children, laid-off workers whose jobs have gone to other countries, and people from all walks of life who just want a better future. I have gotten to know the great people of our country, and I’ve been humbled by the faith they’ve placed in me. I pledge to be a better man tomorrow and will never, ever let you down.”
Trump continued to change the subject to Bill Clinton, saying “Bill Clinton has actually abused women, and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims. We will discuss this more in the coming days,” Trump said, with a touch of a threat to end the video.
The hypocrisy comes in with Donald Trump early on dismissing his own shortcomings in the past as just being some words “on this more than a decade-old video.” While his own misogyny from ten years ago is now long behind him and should be forgiven, Bill Clinton’s misogyny from more than twenty years ago is apparently fair game. It will be interesting to see how Donald Trump sells Bill Clinton’s infidelity from the 1990s, as Trump was carrying on a very public affair with Marla Maples as his first marriage disintegrated.
Trump dismissed the lewd comments as a “distraction” and urged voters to keep their thoughts on the “important issues we’re facing today” mere seconds before promising to dredge up Bill Clinton’s infidelities from more than twenty years ago.
Donald Trump will keep it classy, I’m sure.