In last weekend’s stampede of Vermont Republicans distancing themselves from Donald Trump, there was one high-ranking GOPer who clings stubbornly to The Donald.
That would be Assistant House Minority Leader Brian Savage of Swanton. According to VPR, he first posted a Facebook message saying he was done with Trump, making the dutiful Republican shoutout to his daughter and two granddaughters.
He then apparently thought better (or should I say “worse”) of it, because he later deleted the Facebook post and undeclared his unendorsement of Trump.
“Was it the right thing to say? Is it the right thing to say amongst people? No,” Savage says.
But, he says he agrees with Trump’s characterization of the exchange as ill-conceived locker-room banter.
“We’ve probably said similar things in our lifetime, you and I,” Savage says. “It’s just that the microphone probably wasn’t on.”
Yeah, er, no. Please don’t indict the entire human race with your locker-room misogyny, Mr. Savage. Maybe you talk that way in a roomful of The Boys, but I, for one, have never ever boasted about my ability to commit sexual assault.
Then again, Savage is a Franklin County Republican, so perhaps he shares a locker room with Norm McAllister.
Well, I’m sorry, but if anything, Franklin County politicos should be especially sensitive to crude, offensive remarks about women.
And now Savage might be forced to change his mind for the third time in less than a week, because reports of actual sexual assaults by Trump are blossoming forth like mushrooms on a manure pile. Throughout today and this evening, multiple media outlets have posted stories about women who are going public with their victimization at the wandering hands and tiny fingers of Trump.
The women’s accounts hew remarkably closely to Trump’s “locker-room talk” — kissing them without warning, groping their bodies, and yes, grabbing them by any orifice within reach. It’s all there.
Ball’s in your court, Mr. Savage. When does The Donald finally break your astoundingly malleable standards of morality? This isn’t going to get any better, you know.