I have been trying to glean something relevant from the past three days of non-stop coverage of Donald J. Trump’s behavior.
Here is what I think I’ve determined after watching two remarkable interviews with two women who claim to have had sexual relations with the married man who a decade later would be elected president of the United States.
One of them, a former Playboy model, said she was “in love” with Trump and said she believes the president-to-be was in love with her. She now claims to have rediscovered her religious faith, attends church regularly, and is a staunch Republican who “voted for Donald” in 2016.
The other of them is an, um, pornographic entertainer. She met Trump the same year as the former Playboy Bunny, had sex with him in a hotel room. She said she didn’t find him attractive at the time and saw their potential relationship as a “business opportunity.”
They both claim to have taken a tumble with Trump a year after he married his third wife and who had just given birth to their son, who’s now 12 years of age and is being exposed to the hideous publicity surrounding his father.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper interviewed them both. They both sound believable to me. Perhaps it’s my intense anti-Trump bias that makes me want to believe them. Whatever. I do believe their accounts.
I also consider Trump to be the biggest moral pig ever to occupy the Oval Office. Yes, he is worse than JFK and Bill Clinton, two men with their own shady personal histories.
I am left to wonder: Where in the world has become of our moral compass? How does this president — based on what these two women, and possibly other women — purport to speak with any sort of moral authority on anything to anyone at any time?
It’s not yet clear where these women’s revelations will lead us, or whether their stories will be relevant to the man’s governance. Maybe all that we’ll be left with is the belief — if not the actual knowledge — that we are being governed by someone with the morals of an alley cat.
And that leads me straight to what I consider the Big Question: How in the name of marital fidelity does this man, the president, continue to own the support of the “base” of his political party that comprises a large segment of Americans who profess themselves to be “evangelical Christians”?