Karma, baby.

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Whatever else might happen, our Republican friends can’t say that nobody warned them. They were told over and over again that their love affair with Donald Trump was going to end in something like this, and they refused to listen. So now they pay the hellacious price.

Let’s take a quick moment to review, shall we?

— Donald Trump brags to Howard Stern several years ago that as the owner of several beauty pageants, he just walks unannounced into dressing rooms so he can see these beautiful women naked, and nobody has the power to stop him.  “And so, I sort of get away with things like that,” he proudly tells Stern. Multiple women, including former Miss Teen USA contestants, have now come forward to confirm that yes, Trump was exactly as creepy and perverted as he claimed to be.

Trump then denies it, calls them liars and threatens to sue.

— Trump brags on tape to Billy Bush that as a powerful celebrity, he just walks up to beautiful women, sticks his tongue down their throats and gropes them, without regard to consent. “When you’re a star, they let you do it,” he says. “You can do anything.” Multiple women then come forward to confirm that yes, Trump did exactly what he claims to have done, and often.  (Here’s a particularly creepy first-person account of such an assault.)

Trump denies it, calls them liars and threatens to sue.

— To top it all off, the Trump campaign is now complaining about the nasty turn that things have taken and insists that the media drop this tabloid-style coverage and start covering the important policy issues that confront this nation. They issue this demand three days after they paraded long-ago accusers of Bill Clinton into the presidential debate hall at Washington University and attempted to stage-manage a nationally televised personal confrontation with Clinton.

We can talk on and on about what this tells us about Trump’s lack of character, his sense of entitlement and his attitude toward women, and how it ought to disqualify him to be president. But let’s take a different tack. Let’s talk instead in terms of basic competence, judgment and strategic sense, because the level of sheer stupidity on display here also constitutes grounds for disqualification.

First, Trump knows the type of life that he has led.  He knows that there is tape of him saying and admitting to outrageous things; he knows that there are dozens if not hundreds of women with not-so-good stories to tell about him. Given that background, the decision to take the campaign in this direction makes as much sense as a man wearing a gasoline-soaked suit deciding that it’s a good idea to light a match.

How could they have possibly thought it was a good idea?

And make no mistake: Trump did choose this battle. He chose the weapons, he chose the low ground on which to fight it. He’s been hinting since the beginning of the campaign that before it was over he would try to hang Bill Clinton’s misdeeds around his wife’s neck and drag the whole thing into the gutter.  And if you have any doubts about his intentions, look at the team of political thugs that he assembled.

Steve Bannon of Breitbart, who was grinning ear to ear about the debate stunt. David Bossie, a gut-level Clinton hater and fabricator since the ’90s. Roger Stone, the renowned back-alley streetfighter and Nixonian dirty trickster. Jeffrey Lord, a gleeful character assassin. This isn’t a team of high-falutin’ policy advisers. These are hired guns who have been wanting their entire lives to run this kind of ugly, no-holds-barred campaign against the Clintons, and Trump has given them free rein to do it.

And that too is nuts. Back in the ’90s, when Ken Starr and “bimbo eruptions” were in all the headlines, Republicans used these issues to try to drive Bill Clinton from office. Instead, thanks to their own excesses, they turned a lying adulterer into a figure of national sympathy and gave Clinton the highest approval ratings of his presidency.

Bill did pay a price, however.  He was impeached, he was publicly humiliated, his presidency and reputation will always be tarnished and he was stripped of his law license. But it’s 20 years later, he’s moved on, we’ve moved on and his name appears nowhere on this year’s ballot. So the idea that a moral cripple like Trump could win the presidential election of 2016 by dredging all that back up again has to be one of the stupidest calculations in American political history.

In the end, Trump and his alt-right zanies wanted a knife fight, and they got it. As a result, Trump is standing before the American public, sliced and diced as neatly as a piece of high-priced tuna at a sushi restaurant.

It’s poetic justice, really.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Peggy Wilson
Peggy Wilson

Nothing Trump has done holds a candle to what Hillary has done. Remember, she was in public office while committing soooooooo many crimes

Mike Harris
Mike Harris

How can the leftists at AJC possibly think Trump has a larger karma bill to pay than Clinton?

H.D. Ross
H.D. Ross

all of this horse crap has been debunked bookman...you are one desperate weasel....come back on nov 8th when trump destroys cankles in a landslide

Cathy Keene
Cathy Keene

Guess it is TIME to stop the AJC and maybe they will go out of business - they deserve too....

Lucy Myslek Williams
Lucy Myslek Williams

This happens every 4 years...politics of search and destroy! If you don't like the other parties candidate, throw everything at him or her and see what sticks! This is why so many people hate the media, politicians and Washington in general! This is not about"we the people" it's about the elites and power! #termlimits

Keith Halstead
Keith Halstead

There Is A War Developing and The Trump Campaign Is Encouraging It With Hate, Racism, Bigotry, Sexism, Treason and Ignorance. Enough Is Enough Vote Blue. We Will No Longer Be Bullied, Threatened and Insulted; The Democratic Patriots

Jennifer Susanne Daugherty
Jennifer Susanne Daugherty

Wake up America while we are debating and fighting over party affiliations serious things are happening. This is international news (not party affiliated news or from the US)...real facts! Read!!! "But it is Syria — Aleppo — that has brought the simmering tension between the world's top wo nuclear powers to a near boil-over, enough for international politicians and analysts to start publicly warning of the possibility of an outright U.S.-Russia war." Not a good time to poke the bear and declare cyber war. Keep reading.... And let's remember Russian leaders don't like Obama and can't stand Hillary! http://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.3803720

Naomi Jones
Naomi Jones

About to unfollow AJC. This site has become garbage.

Scott Shockley
Scott Shockley

Except all accounts have been debunked. Every accusation against Trump hasn't moved beyond assumptions. After all the lies and falsehoods the only ones losing support are the media. Liars just like you Mr. Bookman. Karma is about to free the donkey from the plantation. #MAGA

Reggie Miller
Reggie Miller

The socialist will believe anything about trump but won't bat an eye at the corruption of Hillary and the dnc, speaks volumes

Deborah Levey
Deborah Levey

All àccounts have been debunked? Bwhahahahahahahaha

Jessica Conroy
Jessica Conroy

Debunked by men who think like you. Says everything to why we don't buy it or allow it

Scott Shockley
Scott Shockley

Nope, sorry Jessica, debunked mostly by lies of the accusers, their family members, and women who were with them at the time. Try Again.

David Smith
David Smith

Women think about more filthy stuff than men ever do,its true Dr. Ruth said so and she,s a sex therapist, get over it

Gerald Shinn
Gerald Shinn

Yes. BUSH should have been the nominee. ROFLMAO!!!

Debra Fish
Debra Fish

Do not believe the media. Go to Right Side Broadcasting on youtube and see the crowds that Trump has at his rallies. They turn the cameras.

Shundra Henderson
Shundra Henderson

Dumbass weather they turn the camera it us still going on at the rally

Harry David Poole II
Harry David Poole II

Lol you trash rag, one sided much? Email leak after email leak reveals the dnc and hillary yet you refuse to even acknowledge it...you are not a news organization..and I'm not even a republican

Debra Fish
Debra Fish

WikiLeaks DNCleaks...media is as corrupt as the democrats.

Mary Rider
Mary Rider

Trump 2016...all the way to the Whitehouse.

Goldie9
Goldie9

yeah Baby-- Karma!  You reap what you sow, and the Repubs are reaping themselves into the trash bin today. 

whatcanIsay
whatcanIsay

If Karma exists, Jay and his billionaire owner would receive what they have dished out. 

Trevor Stricklin
Trevor Stricklin

Fake liberal outrage.. pathetic and laughable.. #NextFakeTrumpVictimPlease

Sherrie Chaney
Sherrie Chaney

Lying media again right before the debates! All set up just like the ones before

Sheri Bradley
Sheri Bradley

I have said that a cute little boy would be a lady killer when he grew up. If he was a pervert he wouldnt wait til she was 20, you all are so judgemental about things that arent meant in a bad way.

Sheri Bradley
Sheri Bradley

Its still looking at a child in an an adult way, Trumps words always fall out of his mouth because hes honest, doesnt stop to think how to be a liar. We need more honesty. I meant the same as he did, I just said it differently. If he was a pervert he would act on it, but hes not. One by one these women who are accusing Trump are being shown to be lying.

Marc Chessler
Marc Chessler

Bookman...you are a political hack. Not one f'n word about WIKILEAKS which makes Nixon look like a girl scout

Demaris Travers
Demaris Travers

We knew it would happen it's Trump, but he is what we need right now in this country. Hillary is a liar,Cheater, murderer and self oriented.

Michael Freeman
Michael Freeman

Disturbing political theater in this country. When will the divisive rhetoric from one side to the other end? People keep treating this !@#$ like it's UGA v/s UF or Auburn v/s UA. It's not a game. Why demonize a group of people and on top of that rub their nose into the ground because they want something outside of the political hell? I'm not voting for Trump or Clinton but this is the kind of stuff that makes me hate both sides. Instead of the US being front and center your party is.

Chris Penland
Chris Penland

The Atlanta Journal Clinton, no objectivity just sheer bias.

Kathryn S Wilson
Kathryn S Wilson

When my daughter was in Miss Teen cont they were told to watch for people walking around when undressing some choose to be seen

Ric Hendrix
Ric Hendrix

So now you are blaming the girls (some as young as 15) for getting undressed at a pageant and having the sick pedophile of a pageant owner walk in to look at them while naked? He knew exactly what he was doing. Hell he even says he knew what he was doing. You are one sick individual.

Don S. Rowley
Don S. Rowley

Question: What do Donald Trump and a pumpkin have in common? Answer: They're orange on the outside, hollow on the inside and should be tossed out in early November.

Aaron Mcgruder
Aaron Mcgruder

Anytime a woman is a victim of sexual misconduct it should always be taken seriously no matter what that person status is. Women are put on this Earth to love to cherish to nurture to care for. But when you have someone like Donald Trump calling all of his accusers Liars by saying it's politically motivated. We all heard what Donald Trump said on that audio and to see all of his supporters continually to stand by Donald Trump is a slap in the face to every woman that has been victimized by a coward like Donald Trump

Jeannie Casey
Jeannie Casey

Aaron Mcgruder, bill settled out of court to keep it as quiet as possible. Several of these women accused him before he ran for president.

Bonnie Bingaman
Bonnie Bingaman

What about Bill Clinton shoving a cigar up Monica Lewinsky, is that treating a lady with respect.

Cletus Johnson
Cletus Johnson

What about the victims of Bill Clinton's rapes and Killary's cover ups and threats towards those victims? But I guess they don't count to you libtards

Aaron Mcgruder
Aaron Mcgruder

Bill Clinton is not running for president. Have you heard Bill Clinton on the bus degrading women bragging that it's okay to disrespect women because he is a celebrity and he can get away with it. we are talking about a candidate that's running for the highest office in this country. not to mention that Donald Trump got a child rape case coming up in December. Here is what you can do for me stop smoking the loud go get you two Excedrin and sit your dumbass down

Aaron Mcgruder
Aaron Mcgruder

Okay why haven't these women still not push the issue .now if Bill Clinton have really rape them or disrespected them or even did something inappropriate why are they not pursuing this now can anybody answer that for me

Cletus Johnson
Cletus Johnson

Probably the same way these women that are claiming that Trump sexual harassed them are now just coming out of the woodwork. And when Trump said that crap 11 years ago he wasn't running for president. And I'm sure that you and your homeboys have never said that kind of crap about women

Aaron Mcgruder
Aaron Mcgruder

First of all I don't have no home boys. Second I have four daughters of my own. And finally I treat a woman the way I want my daughters to be treated with respect dignity and like a human being. It's amazing how you Trump supporters are willing to look the other way because he is running for president. bottom line Donald Trump is a victim of his own stupidity plane and simple that audio speak for itself

Cletus Johnson
Cletus Johnson

But I see that you are a ghetto superstar, seeing how you got you a ugly fat mudshark white woman. Congratulations

Jay Barton
Jay Barton

Aaron Mcgruder Funny how Blacks comment on Trump but yet Black Rappers say more deplorable things than even Trump could think of. So you quit looking the other way, your daughters will be listening to that Rap

Aaron Mcgruder
Aaron Mcgruder

let me guess. You probably staying in your mother's basement. And probably have a collection of blow up dolls. Here is what you can do for me. Get your mother's permission to go down to your basement. And tell your mommy you want cookies and milk before she put you to bed. Take you to Excedrin listen to Ray J One Wish and sit yo dumbass down. See how that works

Aaron Mcgruder
Aaron Mcgruder

Well that goes to show you if you can be paid off to keep quiet then that means you have no Integrity you have no morals. Because a strong woman can not be bought or silence