Things didn’t go too well for Gina Loudon Friday night when she tried to brush off the sexual allegations against Trump. She engaged in a strange sort of wordplay, first asking for “any” evidence that Trump disrespected women and then insisting that the allegations of nearly a dozen women didn’t count. “They’re just allegations,” she said repeatedly as if sexual misconduct doesn’t almost always rely on the victim’s testimony.
This sort of over-the-top rhetoric has been common among Trump’s campaign lately. Rather than simply saying he isn’t racist he insists that he’s “the least racist ever.” And “no one respects women more” than Trump; not even the millions of Americans who don’t have a dozen pending sexual assault charges.
What Trump is hoping is that people will pick up the “no apologies” message and simply deny reality at every turn. Normally, political campaigns can’t rely on their supporters to be so bold, but Trump is a different sort of candidate who inspires a different sort of stupidity from his followers. The way that politics is decided by voters is by the stories we tell and by what is “okay” to say in mixed company. Trump is hoping that millions of brainwashed Americans will go out into their daily lives and repeat his “no evidence” rhetoric.
The only weapon that the reasonable portion of America has at its disposal is laughter. We’ve all seen the tapes, we’ve all heard Trump talk and we know what he means. To anyone who tries to argue that Trump is “the most” or “the least” enlightened, the answer is just to laugh and cite the evidence. And that’s exactly how CNN’s panel handled Gina Loudon’s remarks. At one point Don Lemon even said that “people in the studio” were laughing off camera.
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