I have already written three times about my thoughts on Donald Trump, who I have met on a number of occasions when I had an office in New York for over 20 years in the early 1980s. Without repeating what I said about his running to become President of the United States, I can easily summarise the man as a dangerous braggart whose business acumen is by no means to be underestimated, despite his abominably unacceptable practices.
Given all these factors, I’m not in the least surprised that he is now under pressure to step down as the Republican Presidential nominee, after a video emerged of him making fun about sexual assault on women, and detailing his attempts to seduce a married one.
The 2005 footage hit the headlines worldwide and rocked his campaign almost beyond restitution. It seriously damaged his attempts to reside in the White House as Party insiders called for running-mate Mike Pence to replace him. Senior Republicans said they were sickened by the language he used about intimate female parts and the vulgarity of his description of the forceful means to satisfy his sexual appetite. They queued up to denounce their own standard bearer as a ‘creep’ and ‘a cad’ and ‘an irredeemable pervert.’
Women’s groups accused him of fuelling sexual violence. He offended a large majority of the American people by what he said in the video, and some even took refuge by praying for his family. Although he has apologised for his actions, I can’t believe that this time round, he will be able to survive yet another media denunciation.
Who will want, I ask, a man of such demeaning character to occupy the current most powerful position in the world? I believe he has no alternative but to abandon his political ambitions and save himself the humiliation he has inflicted upon himself, seek a new way of life, and redeem the harm he has caused not only to his nation but also to himself and his family.
Having said that, the nastier Trump turns out to be, the more followers he seems to engender. The resounding question on the lips of many is how low the public perception of him can sink, if it were to prove the case