Nobody, not even Donald Trump himself, should pretend to defend the billionaire businessman’s lewd locker room conversation with then-Access Hollywood host Billy Bush in 2005. And they’re not trying to.
However, conservatives SHOULD put it in perspective, and that’s the essence of what Fox News host Sean Hannity discussed Friday night with panelists Judge Jeanine Pirro and Fox contributor Monica Crowley.
Hannity started the segment with the obvious fact that you “can’t defend” Trump’s comments. Yes, they were “locker room” in nature, but still “wrong, inappropriate, outrageous.”
And yet, the same media that is hammering Trump “doesn’t know” (or doesn’t care) about Bill Clinton’s long, sordid history with women who he groped, abused (see how Juanita Broaddrick, an individual who was REALLY abused by Bill Clinton, reacted to the Trump controversy on Twitter), and exposed himself to.
Hannity mentioned his Twitter response to Hillary’s stones in glass houses condemnation of Trump.
Judge Jeanine weighed in with the fact that Trump apologized, which was clearly “the right thing to do,” then proceeded to draw a powerful line between crude locker room banter and real, tangible actions.
“The proof is in the pudding,” said Pirro, “For all that banter between two high schoolers on a bus, he gets off the bus and, for this woman who is so gorgeous, he gives her an air kiss. Nobody is grabbing anybody. Nobody is touching anybody…. It was shameful 11 years ago. The man was in entertainment. He was in theater. I don’t excuse it. I think it is horrific, but when you juxtapose words against the actions of a woman who sold arms to ISIS…”
The Fox host then jumped in and called for a “national discussion” about the treatment of women and words versus the actual actions of Hillary Clinton’s husband, Bill, a man who, unlike Trump, has actually been accused of sexual assault.
“Is there a double standard for Republicans who have standards and Democrats to have none?” Hannity asked.
Monica Crowley contended that Hillary Clinton’s end-debate Machado bomb was merely the “first salvo from her massive opposition research file against Donald Trump, and you know that this is the next one and there are many many more to come that she has against him.”
“What matters,” according to Crowley, is “how Donald Trump is going to react to this.”
Trump’s apology is a great start, and then he should draw a sharp contrast between what he crudely said in jest 11 years ago versus not just what people like Bill Clinton have actually done, but also the very real problems this country is facing in 2016.
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