Well, there it is.
Donald J. Trump has issued — seemingly — the first full-blown, unqualified apology of his life.
“I apologize” for saying and doing “foolish things,” he said.
I’ve watched the video — it’s only about 90 seconds long — three times already. I do not perceive a sense of actual shame for the things he said in 2005 about women, about his attempt to have sex with a married woman, the access his star power had in allowing him to start kissing women whenever he felt like it, his desire to grab them in their private areas.
No, he called it a “distraction” from other issues. Those ghastly comments don’t reflect his true character, Trump said.
I … don’t think it’s quite that easy to dismiss.
Maybe that’s just me. My gut tells me I’m not alone.
The video was obtained by a major newspaper and aired in the past 24 hours. It reveals to me the character of an individual who’s said some pretty hideous things about women over a number of years.
It’s part of a pattern that the Republican presidential nominee has exhibited.
I do not think this issue is going away.