CNN pundits on both sides of the aisle are overcome with shock and disgust over the new Donald Trump scandal. The 2005 hot mic video has Trump in his own words talking about women in the most vulgar of terms and describes him grabbing women by their genitalia and kissing them against their will.
CNN reporter Dana Bash outright called the comment something a teenage boy would say. “It’s just not the way most people think and certainly don’t — don’t speak that way unless they are as you said in the locker room and maybe 13 and 14-years-old and just learning about things like this,” she said.
The panel noted that Trump is already having a problem with women, particularly suburban women, and this isn’t likely to help. CNN political correspondent Brianna Keiler said that these simply add to the long list of controversial statements Trump has made about women.
“He has dismissed some of his past comments about women saying that was entertainment. No one respects women more than I do. He sort of tried to reassure people that in private moments he’s very respectful. Well, this is a private moment and you hear how he speaks,” she noted.
CNN reporter Jim Acosta, who has been covering Trump and the campaign since the beginning said that this latest story spells the end of the Trump campaign.
“You know, I think this could be it,” He said. “I mean, I think this is one of those moments that come in a campaign. I think this far exceeds what happened with Mitt Romney’s 47 percent moment. This is one of those moments that’s can absolutely sink a campaign. And as Dana was saying earlier Donald Trump has had a problem with women voters throughout this process. If you’re a female voter on the fence and undecided and thinking maybe you don’t like Hillary Clinton so maybe you will vote for Donald Trump this is one of those moments that’s will give somebody a tremendous amount of pause.”
He went on to note that this dropped just days before the Sunday debate, when Trump was expected to redeem himself after a poor debate performance in the first round. “She has used the term basket of deplorables. There isn’t much more deplorable than this. This is the exact definition of deplorable. He’s in his own basket of deplorables right now.”
Russian Twitter propaganda predicted 2016 US election polls
But one conclusion was unequivocal: Russia unleashed an extensive campaign of fake news and disinformation on social media with the aim of distorting U.S. public opinion, sowing discord and swinging the election in favor of the Republican candidate Donald Trump.
Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans
The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.
In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.
Conservative Ben Shapiro tweeted something many found offensive — so now he’s calling his critics ‘garbage’
Right wing "thought leader" Ben Shapiro appeared today to say not using the "N" word is nearly impossible as he defended conservative, pro-gun teen Kyle Kashuv, one of the Parkland survivors who just had his acceptance to Harvard rescinded over his racist remarks, which included repeated use of the "N" word.
To be clear, Shapiro denies that's what he meant.
Here is Shapiro on Twitter, in what many took as him appearing to call not using the "N" word – in Kashuv's case, repeatedly, over and over and over again, "an insane, cruel standard no one can possibly meet."