The American election is a special sort of insane right now. After the Presidential debate on September 26th Trump's campaign started to look like it was spiralling out of control. As more and more stuff came to light I started logging stories because I couldn't believe the insanity that was followed. Some termed it 'the worst week for Trump' but this week has been a whole 'nother disaster. I've collected as much as I can and I am not joking when this is almost dissertation length in terms of the amount of scandals going on right now.
Firstly, on the 27th, the fact checkers began going through his claims, and investigating certain things said. The basic summary is that he lied a minimum of 34 times. Some of these lies were just things he was completely wrong about, such as him saying 'Stop and Frisk' wasn't unconstitutional, when it was ruled so years ago.
His statements that he 'never' said global warming was a Chinese conspiracy, which only required you to go his twitter to check and prove he did say it, and which his Campaign Manager went on to confirm by saying his stance is that 'climate change is naturally occurring'.
His obsession with trying to say he was against the Iraq War. His denial or historical revisionism about the size of the loan he received to start off with. The size of the loan has come up several times through the last few days in a more damning way as well.
Lied about being endorsed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and he also heavily implied he paid no taxes. And once again he got into false obstructionism about why he can't reveal his tax returns, blaming audits, which is false. Oh, and he also talked about 'the cyber' with no real understanding of what was going.
By the way, we haven't even got to the reactions directly after the debate yet. This is still just the first night. During the debate Clinton brought up his mistreatment of a former Miss World (Alicia Machado). Mentioning it seemed to anger Trump, but afterwards he doubled down on his fat-shaming.
The immediate reactions to all of this took a few hours to fully realise, but the criticisms began pretty quick. His 'makes me smart' to not pay taxes comment shocked a lot of focus groups and other billionaires called him out on that statement. And to top off that pretty awful day, Trump still wouldn't backdown from his support and championing of the Birther movement.
WEDNESDAY - So we move on to a full news cycle after the debate. People were still working their way towards some of the more incriminating comments, but the reactions were starting to pour in and the results weren't looking good for the Trump camp.
The first polls that took into account the debate began emerging, and showed Clinton getting a 4 point lead, independents and women voters were especially critical of Trump. Then the Op-Eds starting come in, and some of them were basically poison for his campaign.
The LA Times declared him unfit for president, The Arizona Republic endorsed Clinton, the first time endorsing a Democrat in it's 126 year history. The Star called him unfit, and The Guardian spoke to a Young Republican group in Texas (a state considered a safe red state) who expressed their concerns with supporting Trump.
To further exemplify his poor temperament Trump went on the offensive against the Miss World he fat-shamed, and tried to justify his decade long feud with Rosie O'Donnell.
Then more stories of Trump's poor behaviour and business actions came to light. The time he screwed a small business owner who supplied pianos to a Trump casino, his seeming relief of the housing collapse because it was 'good business' that made him money, And then there was the general nonsense that came out of Trump's mouth. Saying he didn't want to embarrass Clinton, his son talking about how courageous it was for Trump not to mention Bill Clinton's affair, his Georgia campaign manager stepping down after criminal records discovered, and the alt-right boosting his online polls and him claiming that he had won.
THRUSDAY - This was the first Thursday after the debate, just two days after the debate. All of the above happened in under 48 hours, and things exploded again. It was at this point where it became a legitimate challenge to keep up with everything that was going on because it was all so mad. But because the news stories are getting depressing let's start with something like. The artist that drew Pepe the Frog (a meme which has since become heavily associated with the alt-right and white supremacist movements), Matt Furie, said that he was voting for Clinton
Then the big scandal of the day blew up. Trump's illegal business dealings with Cuba before the withdrawal of the embargo. Newsweek broke that Trump's organisation had spent a little under $70k exploring business opportunities in Cuba, in 1998, when it was illegal to do so without government consent. As well as being illegal to do so, Trump's organisation outsourced the consulting to another firm, and then hid the evidence, apparently by making it appear like the money was spent on charity.
As well as obviously being troubling in terms of a presidential candidate believing they are exempt from the law of the land, it has bad optics for Florida, which is a key state for deciding the election. While many Hispanic voters lean towards Democrats, the Cuban population (which is a significant group in Florida) have often favoured Republicans who are harder on Cuba. Marco Rubio even said that it was especially troubling.
The day only got worse, as another conservative newspaper disavowed itself of Trump, The Detroit News. Some time had now passed between the debate itself, so the reactions were now moving over from the other camp being critical of him, to the Republican and conservative views, as well as Trump's own view on the debate.
First were reports that Trump was angry that conservatives were conceding defeat from the first debate. Then internal comments from his team that he was 'too lazy' to practise, and then he said the debates were rigged. This would all be enough to sink most campaigns, but with Trump we are not even half way done with this day. Because, as mentioned by the papers yesterday, Trump has an inability to separate personal feuds from campaign rhetoric. The video of Trump holding a conference to shame Alicia Machado emerged, and another contestant came out to talk about her experience with Trump and his abuse towards her.
Because two women aren't enough to insult for a day, court records showing that he wanted to fire waitresses at his golf courses who weren't pretty enough were released, a reporter who worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer during Trump's escapades in Atlantic City, and then referred to her as 'that cunt', and then a note began circulating from the Trump camp for surrogates to talk about Monica Lewinsky despite other Republicans begging him not to.
We then work into Trump's disparaging of other communities. Despite his protestations that he is a saviour of the LGBT community, which was brought into immediate question when he chose Mike Pence as a running mate, but was continued by his defense of the 'First Amendement Defence Act' which is a nice way of dressing up the legalisation of discrimination against LGBTQ (and other groups). And because there is another group to go after because 'it's a new day, why not' as Trump singled out non-Christians and asked '[s]hould we keep them?'.
Trump's finances and tax report are still news and he said he won't release them and his campaigner Conway said he wasn't hiding anything even though he won't release them, and it was reported that he may have avoided paying any income tax for the last decade or so by writing a $916 million dollar loss against his personal income in 1996.
But we did have some actual policy discussion, which is amazingly rare this late in to the election. The Commonwealth Fund said that Trump's plan would remove healthcare for 25 million Americans.
The New York Attorney General began widening its investigation into the Trump Foundation, by looking into self-dealing, and to close the day Vox gave a damning commentary on Trump's inability to deal with criticism and harsh truths.
FRIDAY - Friday was a hell of a day. The major event that lead to the Op-Eds and the major discussion happened at 5AM, and overshadowed a huge amount of the events that followed that day, so in a reversal of the normal reporting of this day, we'll leave it for last.
The story that Newsweek broke about Trump's business dealings in Cuba was essentially confirmed by Conway during a talk show. She seemed ignorant of the actual legal concerns and as a result confirmed those details during an appearance on The View. The Trump Foundation came under more scrutiny, for not having the licenses required for the kind of soliciting it does and the charity gave money to Jenny McCarthy's dangerous anti-vaxx campaigns.
Previous days comments from various Republican and conservative groups to not go after Bill Clinton were apparently ignored as Trump launched talking points that highlighted his desire to go after Bill. The ads that Clinton released were described as 'nasty' by Trump were mostly things he said, and were quoting things he said he 'never said' and showing him saying them. In connection with things Trump had never said, was his apparent reversal of his views on Angela Merkel. He had spent a good few occasions to talk about how she ruining America (mostly after she beat him TIME's 'Person of the Year') but then decided that she was his favourite world leader.
We had new polls on Friday as well, which lead to an ever increasing insanity of this election. Trump polled at zero in Detroit, Clinton took a 4-point lead in Florida, and Chuck Todd (of MSNBC) went on the attack with the Trump camps inability to recognise the illegitimacy of online polls.
This was topped off with the GOP blocking investigations into ties between Russia and Trump. And no day is complete without more disavowements and Op-Eds. Boston Globe's Scot Leigh went into a discussion of how Trump's behaviour was that of a 'sore loser' and showed him unfit for presidency. But of more significance was USA Today's disendorsement of Trump. USA Today does not get involved in endorsements, the last time it did so was the disendorsement of David Duke, the white nationalist and former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, due to their express view that he his 'unfit for presidency'.
So to the big news of that day: the Tweetstorm. Between 3-5AM Trump sent out a bunch of tweets continuing to attack the former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado. Whatever his thought for that was, it didn't go down great, with most people viewing it more as a 'meltdown' than anything productive. As more places picked it up the level of insanity behind began to grow. The final actions of the tweetstorm were to ask his supporters to go watch a sextape of the former Miss World.
It turns that final request is mostly false anyway, but the reaction was a general condemnation. Some viewed it as a continuation of his inability to respect women, others saw it as a demonstration of his poor temperament. Even his surrogates found it difficult to defend his exact actions.
The narrative of his poor view of women was not helped by other headlines from the day, his own affairs that lead him to plead the 5th 97 times rather than admit even though he has said his marital life has been good, his seeming joy that in Saudi Arabia divorce is exceptionally easy for men, the agreement Trump made with his daughter not to date anyone younger than her (she was 17 at the time), and his uncomfortable comments about a young Paris Hilton.
Vox went through his tax plan and looked at how it didn't offer any benefits while an aide in Florida left the campaign over 'the direction' it has taken.
SATURDAY - We now reach the first weekend since the debate. The papers have had some time to consider exactly what is going on, and some of the post-debate responses are beginning to be scrutinised. Trump's week was described as 'a nightmare for GOP' which they would have never said knowing what was coming in the next week.
The polls following the debate became less contentious, the scientific polls were able to go through scrutiny and be accounted for in the various models of various statisticians. Even Fox News conceded that Hilary won despite various anchors, mostly Hannity, saying that he had won based off of online polls. Trump also thought he won as well. The fallout of this was starting to become more clear, previously various states were becoming purple or slipping to a greater blue lead, and a national 10 point lead. And in a staggering move Trump made comments that implied his obstruction of the peaceful democratic process if he didn't win.
Going through the events of the day we have the piling evidence of dodgy behaviour by Trump charities. Outside of bribing judges, and buying large pictures of himself, the money also seemed to be funnelled back into Trump Golf Courses, and the donations to anti-vaxx causes began to get noticed by more and more people, increasing concern for any.
Newsweek continued with its investigation into Trump's illegal business in Cuba, and UNITE HERE began pushing a boycott of all Trump businesses. And back to Trump's major weakness (and this was before the reveals of the last few days): women. Clinton called him temperamentally unfit, the GOP said it was hurting outreach, and the support from the Evangelical Christians was being questioned.
Jennifer Lin (the reporter he called 'that cunt') made appearances to discuss the story more, and then we get to Playboy. It was revealed that Trump appeared in a softcore porn video with Playboy from 2000, which Clinton neatly summaried as 'a strange turn of events'. Which was topped off with reports that Trump pressured his second wife, Melania Trump, into appearing as a centrefold in Playboy. GQ went on to summarise that Trump just doesn't seem to understand women, which is a very polite way of discussing his position and history, especially with Clinton going on her own 3-5AM tweetstorm to call him out on his behaviour.
The following three stories would be damaging to a normal candidate, but these are just a part of the daily escalation of scandal involving Trump. Mark Cuban asserted that Trump was damaging his brand and the evidence seems to support it, Gold Star parent Khizr Khan continued his dismissal of Trump's behaviour, and accusations of Trump's child rape case (which has been brought up multiple times but has never stuck) was being refiled due to additional witnesses.
Then we get to comments from Trump himself. Trump went on to attack any media using 'sources' independent of their validity, which is something he does constantly during speeches, he then went on to boast that he can be 'nastier than she could ever be', which added alongside his general temper tantrum lead to The Globe and Mail's Michael Babad calling him a crybaby.
We also got another disendorsement from a conservative paper. After 148 years the San Diego Union-Tribune supported a democrat, mostly due to huge disagreements with Trump. And the Op-Eds continued with The Star commenting and speculating on how deep this tailspin could go (they were too conservative), Vox's Ezra Klein talked again about how his behaviour is spectacularly unpresidential, and The Washington Post's editorial board put out a scathing piece on Trump's normalisation of bigotry.
SUNDAY - Sunday brought to an end what NBC called 'the Worst Week in Presidential Campaign History' because no one could imagine how it could get worse. But it did. Earlier in the week reports began floating that Trump had written a nearly $1 billion loss, on the morning of Sunday the New York Times published some of his 1995 report that says exactly that. The New York Times delved into the issue further and postulated that, with the right income, Trump could have not paid taxes for two decades due to the size of his loss. Tax experts consulted by New York Times and other papers said it was almost certain that he carried the losses from his other ventures that year. His bankrupting of his Atlantic City ventures is well documented, and brings into question his actual business acumen.
The illegality of his actions were screamed by many, but what it really showed is how the rich live under different rules from the rest of us, and Trump is happy to pay as little as humanly possible into the system. And while arguments could be made that exploiting tax loopholes is valid, it's not assisted by Trump's many repeated cases of tax-shaming people. When this leaked people thought it was the most damning thing that could be shown against Trump (oh sweet summer children). Suspicions about what else was hiding in there grew even more with this leak with thoughts that it could sink his campaign or companies. And the humorous Catch-22 Trump was found in because to make any sort of legal action or mount an attack on the New York Times he would have to admit the tax page was his. At the time this was thought to be the sinking of Trump's campaign.
But this is Trump we are talking about, so a damning example of exploiting tax laws and his awful ability to run a casino is not enough for a single day of scandals. He went 'offscript' at a rally in Pensylvania confusing many reporters as, among other things, he seemed to be encouraging voter intimidation. Florida continued to tip blue as Cuba reveals became a bigger and bigger deal, Trump threatened his ex-wife's alimony when he first considered running for President when she said she would talk about his actions, and Snopes covered the case filed against Trump accusing him of raping a child.
And in a case of using his own language against him, again, other media groups began mocking Trump for hiding in the 'safe space' that is Fox News.
MONDAY - A new day. A new week. And a beginning to final month. Granted, it got off to a rocky start, but how much worse could it get. A whole lot worse.
The problem, for Trump, with Mondays is that the full staff of these outlets come back to work. Despite every day bringing new escalations to the scandals around Trump, CNN still declared that he was 'running out of time' due to the mounting accusations, but the day was only just beginning.
The view that his taxes were a death spiral were commonly shared, while the reporter on the leaked tax return said there was more to come, but it didn't seem to matter because the fallout was already beginning. Toledo of Ohio, a decisive swing state, had already made the story front page news, and people were beginning to question his actual business acumen. Adding that 1995 was a booming year for American economics Alan Cole calculated that Trump accounted for 1.9% of the Net Operating Loss of that year. Clinton went on the attack also questioning his competency with running a business, and even stated that he was adding 'nothing to our country'.
The BBC summarised his tax-shaming and Mark Cuban went so far as to accuse Trump of being unpatriotic, which adds up when Newsweek went in to Trump's shafting of US Steel Workers to use Chinese steel instead. Trump's attacks on illegal immigrants were highlighted with his tax scandal because it appears increasingly likely that if he has paid almost no tax, then illegal immigrants are contributing more. The 1995 loss is heavily tied to his antics in Atlantic City. It has already been mentioned how it refused to pay contractors, but Vox published an article from an Atlantic City resident discussing the scale of his bad business.
And in the last piece of news directly tied to his tax returns, Trump threatened to sue the New York Times. In reality, Trump threatens to sue anyone and everyone, but it implies these tax returns are accurate. But, like every damn day recently, one scandal at a time just isn't enough for Trump. Trump's organisation was tied to business done with an Iranian banker who has been linked to terrorist groups, audio tapes of him ogling beauty pageant contestants came to light, and former Apprentice cast members came forward to talk about denigrating comments Trump had made about female contestants The fact that those reports are included as an extra aside, rather than a fully expanded dive into them. But they come so frequently, and with almost no repentance that it feels basically worthless doing so.
But as people began to report on the previous day's rally it became clear to many that his campaign was in a downward spiral, he told his supporters to intimidate voters in urban areas, called soldiers with PTSD weak, and generally rambled on about all sorts of stuff.
The polls barely had time to account for this but it had Clinton 6 up nationally now, up 7 in Virginia, and up 11 in Colorado.
The campaign's, and his supporters, obsession with claiming oppression has been a key part of his appeal, which the Washington Post covered.
TUESDAY - Tuesday was a good day for Trump, there was only one scandal revealed. Joe Biden took time to discuss PTSD in relation to veterans, especially pointed given Trump's accusation of it being a sign of weakness.
Various filings from the Trump foundation seemed to show that it was giving money to right-wing political groups, as well as for his own presidency run. But the fall out from his tax returns was continuing with suggestions that he may have understated his own salary with the IRS, and the political response was growing increasingly troublesome with polls suggesting that the view of taxation is not as negative as Trump's fervent supporters suggest.
There was a continuation of pieces that would have driven Trump mad as they attacked his fundamental weakness: his ego. New York Times discussed his business in the 80s and the failure of it, Forbes dropped him 35 places on their rich list, and Clinton poked at Trump's apparent obsession with dictators.
Then Trump's own camp in the GOP turned on him, gently at first. GOP Senators said they would be likely to work with Clinton, and Megyn Kelly went after a Trump's adviser for Trump's treatment of worker.
And Clinton had a 9 point lead in one of the usually tight fought states, Pensylvania.
WEDNESDAY - Wednesday was a day without too much in the form of direct scandals. It was the day following the VP debate so that made up a lot of the news.
The general consensus during the debate appeared to be that Kaine was a little sloppy, while Pence was better in tone. The Daily Beast even joked that it looked like Pence was giving up on 2016 and setting himself up for a 2020 run . But the problem with the debate was not Pence, or at least not really. The problem with the debate was Trump. From Trump complaining about Kaine's interruptions (when he did the same during his debate), and when Pence denied claims of insult-driven campaign (and even projecting that on to the other side) while at the same time Trump was tweeting insults. And Pence was made to defend the indefensible, which was extreme enough to lead to conservative anchorman Glenn Beck to call it out.
The second major story was about the media itself, with The Atlantic's historic endorsement of Clinton, only the third time it has endorsed a candidate (Lincoln and Johnson were the other two).
Then there were more stories about Trump, his finances, his taxes, and his knowledge on the topics. Trump's foundations was facing the possibility of a national halt on collecting money as New York state demanded it collect proper registration, Eric Trump continued to say that everything is fine with Trump's taxes despite refusing to release the returns, and a Tax Attorney who worked for Trump in the '90s said that Trump knows nothing about tax. And NYU Professor Lily Batchelder further confirmed that Trump's tax plan would not lower taxes for the middle class.
Trump also managed to have a busy day despite being low on scandals by calling the military's decision to allow transgender members to serve openly, and for women to serve on the frontline, and a chief aide for Trump admitted that they don't have a plan for Syria.
There were also two interesting Op-Eds. FiveThirtyEight reported on polls suggesting Trump is doing worse than Romney among white voters. Quartz went after the Trump/Pence tickets brash and distinct anti-intellectualism, and the damage it is doing for America as a whole.
THURSDAY - Thursday got off to a cracking start by Obama hitting new highs for his approval ratings. In what turned out, in hindsight, to be the worst timing possible, Trump defended his previous derogatory comments against women as jokes and humour.
His tax affairs continued to spiral around, with concerns about whether he actually engaged in illegal activities and then doubts about his story of being audited. Him being audited or not plays no part in whether he can release them or not, so the lack of disclosure is a continuing area of concern.
Then we have another round of disavowments, his alma mater separated themselves from Trump, and 30 former GOP members of congress came out against Trump. Lindsey Graham went so far as to describe parts of Trumps behaviour as 'disturbing'. Even further was a piece encouraging Catholics and Christians to re-evaluate their support of Trump given his un-Christian behaviour.
More polls showed Clinton up 11 in Michigan, up 3 in Florida, and 2 in Arizona, the last time a Democrat won Arizona was Bill Clinton in 1996. And another endorsement for Clinton came from the Tampa Bay Times.
FRIDAY - Friday brought us back to war crime Trump (the man who suggested bringing back waterboarding and worse, who said we should kill terrorists families, etc.) by suggesting 'wouldn't it be nice if we attacked first'.
The VP debate continued to rear it's head again with both criticisms of Pence dodging difficult questions when he was unable to defend Trump again and more discussions about Pence's awful track record as Governer of Indiana, focusing specifically on the HIV/AIDS outbreak.
Trump's lawyers came and slammed him for being a liar, saying they had to meet in pairs to avoid him lying. As well as more pieces about his failed entry in to business (hint: daddy bailed him out). Then further criticisms from within the conservative camp came as Lindsey Graham told Trump to stop making conspiracies up about the election being rigged [CNN - ], and 80 evangelical leaders condemned him..
SATURDAY - Friday night and Saturday morning was the moment which may have broken the campaign. Over the night a tape was released of Trump and Billy Bush making lewd comments about women. FiveThirtyEight did a podcast summarising what was said, but the context/intent is pretty clear. Trump boasted about his advances on married women, how he can take advantage of women because he is rich, and how he can get away with unwanted advances and sexual assault because of his wealth.
It may have been the straw that broke the camels back, because the follow up effect was even more people coming forward to talk about his inappropriate behaviour. There was also clips of him attempting to assault women in the boardroom, and his attempted apology didn't help. This was the same day that his attempted firing of Nancy O'Dell for being too pregnant to host Miss USA came to the forefront. This commentary seems to have been the final straw for many Republican lawmakers who were following the party line. Paul Ryan cut Trump from an appearence and fundraiser, Jeb Bush said the comments were reprehensible, and more and more lined up to jump ship. Notable condemnations and removal of supports include:
Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, Alabama Rep. Bradley Byrne, West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman, Maine Sen. Susan Collins, Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock, Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis, Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, Businesswoman Carly Fiorina, Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer, Nebraska Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, Texas Rep. Kay Granger, New Jersey Rep. Scott Garrett, Nevada Rep. Cresent Hardy, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Nevada Rep. Joe Heck, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, Washington Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Radio talk-show host Hugh Hewitt, Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, Texas Rep. Will Hurd, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, New York Rep. John Katko, Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk, California Rep. Steve Knight, Utah Sen. Mike Lee, New Jersey Rep. Frank LoBiondo, Utah Rep. Mia Love, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Arizona Sen. John McCain, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Former New York governor George Pataki, Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen, Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, Alabama Rep. Martha Roby, Florida Rep. Tom Rooney, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Utah Rep. Chris Stewart, Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan, South Dakota Sen. John Thune, Michigan Rep. Fred Upton, and Missouri Rep. Ann Wagner
It was also the moment Trump's number one cheerleader, Sean Hannity, jumped the shark and compared Trump to King Lear. Trump's Virginia Chair said that Trump was just acting like 'all guys do', which is a mixture of false, offensive, and stupid. And to top off what may have been the worst day in Trump's campaign, his son was yet again tied to appearing on a white nationalistic broadcast. Oh, and Louis C.K. called Trump 'miserable'.
SUNDAY - Yesterday and last night was so chaotic with Republican support dropping too quickly to keep up that people were barely able to report or stay on top of them. It was truly a bizarre evening. Refreshing news feeds to see even more Republicans turning against Trump, or removing their support. The list has grown to the point where the individuals are buried in the tidal flood.
Some claimed that standing with Trump was standing against women, the Democratic candidate for VP said it implied history of sexual abuse, Ayotte said that this a clear example of assault. The rift he had caused was real, both internally to the party and with his destruction of stalwarts of the Republican party. Evangelicals, a core support group for Republicans, were in crisis, as were Mormons (who were more in revolt).
Even more concerning is that producers on the Apprentice said that there are tapes of Trump that are wors. Considering they aired a clip where he told a female contestant that he 'bet she looked good on her knees', what he said that didn't make it to screen could go further. But this isn't a new thing, and many have said that Trump has a bad history with women (the number of times it has been brought in the last two weeks is exhausting), with the woman who sued him for sexual assault in 1997 saying the comments match his behaviour. And the lawsuit against him accusing him of underage rape was ordered for a hearing. There was little left to explain away or excuse his behaviour, though some tried.
The story that began emerging from within Trump Tower was not a good one, with Trump locking himself away, and retweeting furiously, he also ditched the travelling press corp who didn't even realise he had left New York until a tweet came out from within the camp saying he had.
But because one scandal isn't enough, it's never enough for Trump, more stories about Trump not paying contractors, and fears that Trump's requests to intimidate voters may have an effect in certain areas.
Then the endorsements. Glenn Beck said Clinton is acceptable compared to Trump, The Columbus Dispatch broke tradition and supported the Democratic candidate, and Alabama broke tradition as well, to support the Democratic candidate, the Cincinnati Enquirer also switched camps, and Cleveland closed off the day.
It was brutal series of days for Trump and his lackeys, and with the debate in a few hours and the first set of question to be about the tapes, tonight should be a mess. Keeping track of all the shit that Trump has waded through during this election is a challenge, the events of the last two weeks are difficult, and keeping up with the last 48 hours has been almost impossible.
This is not a man fit for any position of leadership, let alone president. Do not forget about everything he has done, been involved with, or said, because it can be easy to forget his tax records following his seeming admission to sexual assault, but all if it a part of the character the Republicans chose for their presidential nominee