Speaker Paul Ryan has told the House he will no longer campaign for or defend Donald Trump. But what has changed?
For months, years, decades, it’s been well known that Trump is the kind of man who treats women as sex objects. Everyone knew what kind of man he is. Everyone knew he might have said the things he is now documented as saying.
Nobody is surprised or questioning that Trump in fact did say them. If I stood by a smelly garbage can oozing with filth from a crack on the bottom but with a shiny gold-plated lid, nobody would be surprised when the lid is removed exposing rotting meat covered with maggots.
Trump is a vile man Paul Ryan (and Wayne Grudem) should not be surprised that in forty years somebody has recorded him saying vile things.
It will be no surprise to anyone that he has said worse things or even done worse things.
This doesn’t take away from the fact that Bill Clinton did terrible things. But nobody is defending Bill right now.
Standing with Trump only to abandon him is proof that the GOP bet on the smelly garbage can only to react in mock horror at the wholly expected revelation that it is, in fact, filled with garbage.