The Trump Tape And The Rise Of Fake Outrage

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On October 7, Wikileaks released more hacked DNC emails. The latter confirm what many Republicans, independents, and Democrats have long known: Hillary Clinton, who billionaires back 20-to-one over Donald Trump, is the Bankster’s candidate, the candidate of Wall Street.
Between 2013 and 2015, Clinton raked in $20 million for speeches that she delivered to Goldman Sachs and other big banks. Clinton admits that she needs the support of the banks to get elected to office. She also acknowledges that she is a proponent of open borders and precisely the sort of “free trade” arrangements that many working-class Americans blame for the economic misfortunes that they’ve suffered.
The middle class, Clinton conceded, consists of people from whom she was “kind of far removed.”

While Big Media is scandalously apologetic on Clinton’s behalf, there’s at least a slight possibility that we would’ve been talking more about these revelations in the hours leading up to the second presidential debate had it not been for the leaked Trump audio from 2005. Here, in an exchange with Billy Bush of Entertainment Access, Trump can be heard using crass language to describe the ease with which aspiring female celebrities permit celebrity men, like Trump, to have their way with them.

It took me a few days, but I finally realized why we’re all supposed to be outraged over this audio.
I suppose it has everything to do with this oppressive, naïve Christian morality of mine, but I expected that others would react in disgust as I did to hearing Trump nonchalantly boast about his adultery. Trump, whose wife was two months pregnant with their son at the time, talked of his effort to “f**k” a woman who he (presumably) knew was married. As it turns out, though, I was wide of the mark.
The unpardonable offense, that which sent Republican regimists running for the hills and the leftist press into dizzy spells, is Trump’s…language.
Trump used such verboten terms as the “f,” “b,” and “p”-words while having a private conversation with a reporter for a television show that regularly covers….Hollywood.

Granted, Trump sounded like a classless juvenile. However, that his critics in both parties should swoon and howl over his choice of terms while saying little to nothing about his adultery reveals at least as much about them as Trump’s language tells us about him. The anti-Trumpists are like the Pharisees who Jesus excoriated for straining out the gnat while letting in the camel.
Their hypocrisy runs still deeper.

First, it is precisely those on the social Democrat left, Trump’s most vocal enemies, who have been ridiculing and castigating the traditional sexual mores of the rest of us for decades. From the perspective of the self-styled agents of the sexual revolution, anyone who displays the slightest resistance to their agenda is guilty of everything ranging from priggery, religious bigotry, sexism, homophobia—comprehensively, oppression.

Now, though, after spending the last half-of-a-century doing all that they have been able to do in coarsening the culture by hypersexualizing it, the New Libertines want for us to be repelled by Trump’s obscene language.

Second, the left’s greatest heroes, whether it is Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr. or Bill Clinton, make Trump look like a choir boy by comparison. FDR and JFK were compulsive womanizers and serial adulterers while they were president. The same, of course, can be said of Bill Clinton. What distinguishes the latter, however, is that Clinton had multiple rape charges leveled against him, and in one instance, he paid his accuser hundreds of thousands of dollars to settle out of court.

MLK never ran for the presidency, but he is the closest thing to a secular saint that contemporary American culture has going for it. Yet King bedded countless women while he was married to his wife. His adultery was chronic. In fact, according to the autobiography of his closest friend and confidante, Ralph Abernathy, on the night before he was murdered, King had relations with no fewer than two women. When the one found out that King was with the other, a fight ensued and King struck her, knocking her across the room.

Since, though, it is potty-talk that has our puritans besides themselves, they’ll be inclined to view the sexual promiscuity and adultery on the part of their heroes as innocuous. King’s remarks upon the sight of Jacqueline Kennedy kneeling with her children next to her husband’s casket may be a little harder for them to take. FBI agents recorded King as saying to his friends: “Look at her, sucking him off one last time.”
It is worth noting that during an interview with the historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. Jackie said of King that he “is really a tricky person.” She also asserted: “I just can’t see a picture of Martin Luther King without thinking, you know, that man’s terrible.”
Of course, none of this is intended to justify Trump’s comments or (much less) his actions. Rather, it is intended to illuminate the hypocrisy and phoniness of his detractors.

Third, it’s awfully difficult for people generally, and heterosexual men specifically, to know respectable society’s rules for gender-appropriate speech and conduct in 2016 America. The goal posts continually shift depending on ideological and political expediency. On the one hand, we’re told that gender is a “social construct,” that women are men are virtually interchangeable physically and mentally. This explains (I suppose) why feminists have decried expressions of chivalry as proof of “sexism.” On the other hand, we’re also assured that expressions, whether crude or otherwise, of sexual desire on the part of men for women are equally manifestations of “sexism.”
Can anyone seriously doubt that if Trump was gay and had been overheard speaking crudely about a man in whom he took an erotic interest that the very same folks acting outraged today would be castigating the judgmental for their “homophobia?”

This is a morally juvenile generation indeed.

Jack Kerwick received his doctoral degree in philosophy from Temple University. His area of specialization is ethics and political philosophy. He is a professor of philosophy at several colleges and universities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

  • Trump admit to sexual assault of women and going back stage to look at 15 old being nude and he running for president . Bill not running for anything

    • Zigman

      To be fair, Bill’s wife that that smeared Bill’s victims and lied to protect Bill is running for President. Additionally, although Trump has a lot of faults, he never really admitted to sexual assaulting anyone specifically.

    • “Trump admit to sexual assault of women” How melodramatic. I guess the majority of the male population admitted to sexual assault of women when they talked dirty to their buddies like that. Let’s lock them all up!

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