Amy Davidson: DONALD TRUMP AND THE CLINTONS’ MARRIAGE

New Yorker – Trump interjected, “Heh, heh,” pronouncing each syllable in a way that validated the realism of countless cartoon voiceovers, and removed any doubt that he was talking about sexual, rather than political or financial, loyalty. But it was also a remarkable reminder of the proximity of all of those qualities in the Trumpian mind. (Earlier, speaking of Hillary’s donors, he had said, “They own her,” as if the mystery of a woman in politics lay in figuring out who held the deed.) In the first debate, Trump said that he could have said something “rough” about Clinton’s family; afterward, he claimed he hadn’t for Chelsea’s sake, while making it clear that he might the next time. Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s campaign manager, and others around him have argued that there is a perfectly respectable way for him to talk about other people’s marriages: Hillary, they say, played a role in besmirching the reputations and the credibility of women who either told the stories of their affairs with her husband (many of which he’s now admitted) or accused him of nonconsensual acts (which he and his lawyers have denied), and this says something about her lack of respect for women…

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