GOP leaders scrambled their condemnations like jet planes to defend the national border. Evangelicals fell silent.
Notably, Florida Governor Rick Scott said he was "too busy" to respond, but Hurricane Matthew was already off the Florida border with Georgia. Truthfully, Scott is all-in with the pussy-grabber as his national campaign finance chair. Senator Marco Rubio, who is now stuck to Donald Trump like Crazy Glue, went looking for his weather-vane.
Trump offered a mouthy pout: "I'm sorry if I offended anyone."
We've never met, but I feel like I know Donald Trump. I know Donald Trump from the playground where bullies imposed their will on the younger and more vulnerable. His is the apology of a schoolyard bully caught in the act by a teacher, hauled into the principal's office, apologizes then ordered to "say it like you mean it".
Trump is the bully who had to apologize twice but you knew in your gut, he never meant it. Just like as an adult, he "never meant" to stiff contractors and consultants with whom he had legal agreements. Or xenophobia, racism, misogyny, homophobia or mocking the disabled.
Here is the thing about bullies: they have a scent for weakness. In their wounded view of the world, when they zero in they "grab it by the pussy". That just "makes them smart". That's what Donald Trump did when he belittled Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio in the GOP presidential primary.
America has never elected a schoolyard bully to the White House. I don't believe our nation will elect one, in November.