The problem for Donald Trump’s supporters as they rush for the exit over that 2005 tape of him bragging about sexual harassment and assault: answering why this was what pushed them over the edge on him, or if it even did.
Anyone who bails or rushes to condemn him now implicitly accepted everything that’s come before—his saying Mexicans are rapists, that Megyn Kelly must have been menstruating when she aggressively questioned him at an early primary debates, that Muslims should be banned, that he didn’t know enough about David Duke to condemn the former Ku Klux Klan wizard, that women should be punished for having abortions, all while welcoming the support of Nazis and white nationalists, mocking a reporter for his disabled arm, insisting a judge with Latino heritage couldn’t rule fairly against him, smearing Khizr and Ghazala Khan, suggesting Hillary Clinton be shot, keeping up his birtherism softshoe and encouraging Russian hackers to go after his opponent’s files.
“Since day one, Donald Trump has spewed racism, xenophobia and sexism, and if Republicans are just waking up to that now it’s only because they realize the magnitude of their moral failures this election cycle,” said Melissa Mark Viverito, the speaker of the New York City Council. “They should be ashamed it’s taken this long and even if they do the bare minimum and un-endorse now, it’s still not enough: the Republicans are Trump and Trump is the Republicans.”
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