Some commentators, even women, dismissed Trump’s remarks as typical male locker room banter, and admitted that when women are alone together, they often make crude comments about men’s anatomy, too. One commentator listed a series of obscene comments allegedly made in private by Hillary herself, while another hauled up a quote from one of Hillary’s top Hollywood boosters, Lena Dunham, creator of the very raunchy show “Girls.” Dunham recalled gabbing with Hillary about a pop star whose male anatomy was exposed when his pants ripped in concert, and how they both wanted to see that video. Mighty presidential stuff.
Some slammed the Democrats and the liberal media for a double standard, noting that they’d spent years mocking and undermining sexual morality and arguing that a President’s sex life has nothing to do with his job, and now they’d suddenly turned into Puritans. Easily the most creative in this category were the bloggers who noted that when Trump said those things over a decade ago, he was a Democrat, so why didn’t he get a pass for crude sexist behavior, like every other Democrat?
But perhaps the most educational response came from the writers who dug up comments from past Presidents, to show that crudity is not a disqualifier for high office. These included Harry Truman’s cursing, LBJ’s barnyard vocabulary and his habit of forcing aides to follow him into the bathroom and continue meetings while he used the toilet, and even a quote from Barack Obama that included the same offensive word that Trump used. Many also cited the behavior of JFK, Bill Clinton and Democratic icon, Ted Kennedy. But the most historically enlightening was a pair of quotes from the 1800 race, in which John Adams called Thomas Jefferson "a mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father," while Jefferson called Adams “a blind, bald, crippled, toothless man who is a hideous hermaphroditic character with neither the force and fitness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman."
Kind of makes you appreciate the polite restraint of the current election season. No, I’m just joking. This is still the worst ever...