Ms Soapbox has the flu and missed Thanksgiving dinner last night with her family and friends.
She stayed home and watched the second Presidential debate. It almost finished her off.
But even in her foggy state of mind Ms Soapbox couldn’t help but notice that Mr Trump is a peevish, unapologetic lout.
Sorry? Who me?
It took a nanosecond for the moderators to turn to Mr Trump’s vulgar comments about women. You know the ones I mean, the ones associated with Mr Trump’s droit du seigneur because he’s a TV star.
It quickly became apparent that Mr Trump was not going to apologise—he’d apologised on Facebook and made his wife say nice things about him so he was done.
- He pointed the finger of shame at Bill Clinton. Would someone please tell Trump that “he did it too” is not an excuse used by grownups and Bill isn’t running for president, Trump is.
- He called it “locker room talk”. This doesn’t make it any more acceptable. What he described in his “locker room talk” is called “sexual assault” in a court room.
- He said he wasn’t “proud” of what he said (really?) and then pivoted to ISIS chopping off heads and drowning people in steel cages. Okay, I’ll give him that one: ISIS is worse than Donald Trump.
- He tossed in a gratuitous reference to other nations taking our jobs and our wealth…wait, what? Was that Trump’s version of yelling “squirrel”?
- He said he has “great respect” for women…while at the same time pacing around behind Clinton, crowding her space and looming over her. That’s not a sign of respect; it’s intimidation.
They’re picking on me
Trump wasn’t just ticked off with Clinton, he was annoyed with the moderators Martha Raddatz and Anderson Cooper as well.
While Raddatz and Cooper were pressing Clinton about the missing emails and what Bill Clinton meant when he said Obamacare was the craziest thing in the world, Trump was timing Hillary’s response. He wasted minutes of valuable air time complaining that the moderators let Clinton go past her alloted two minutes. At one point he was so disgusted with the moderators that he grumbled “It’s nice—it’s one (Trump) on three (Clinton, Raddatz and Anderson).” No doubt this is part of the “it’s rigged” rationale he’s going to roll out when he loses.
Ms Soapbox wasn’t really on her game last night, but it didn’t take a rocket scientist to see that Mr Trump is not fit for public office.
Not to worry. Trump has a Plan B. The Economist recently reported Trump is thinking about starting a “mini-media conglomerate”, a cross between Fox and Breitbart News.
Oh joy, something else to watch when you’re down with the flu.