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From The Reporter’s Notebook
Donald Trump faces a mounting list of sexual misconduct allegations after several women accused the GOP nominee of inappropriately touching them in a series of reports published Wednesday night. TPM’s Kristin Salaky and Esme Cribb compiled a timeline of four decades of Trump’s alleged acts of misconduct, in the chronological order in which they were said to have happened, from the early 1980s to the most recent accusations.
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Josh Marshall: “This is the consequence of a major political party tethering itself and its fate to a deeply damaged psyche. Not just the entire party but the entire country is forced into the chaos and drama that might only exist in such a person’s head and for [Trump’s] family members and work associates. People with severe personality disorders create drama and chaos around them. They create more when placed under stress. This is one of the most basic and enduring facts of human experience. We’ve seen it play out with Trump. As we’ve discussed in recent weeks, everyone who crosses into Trump’s orbit, into his gravitational pull, gets damaged. No one gets out unhurt.”
“I think it makes him a human. I think it makes him a normal person.”
– Donald Trump Jr. defended his dad’s comments about how fame allows him to forcibly kiss women and “grab them by the pussy.”
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From a TPM Prime member: “In the Donald’s case, sexual harassment of “weaker” or vulnerable women is just the context in which he operates, because it takes the least effort and lowers the risk of reprisal. I don’t really think it’s about sex at all, or if it occus, is just viewed as a lucky coincidence. I could very likely be wrong about this, but he really seems to me to be all about the bluster and the posturing. The show. On the other hand, an affair would involve a more long-term commitment of time and resource, and it seems to me that it represents a different set of needs. Either he doesn’t have a big history of affairs…or he marries them. I’m thinking number two.”
Related: A former Trump employee said that she “absolutely” believes the allegations against him, calling Trump a “blatant sexist.”
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What We’re Reading
Michelle Obama’s stylist on dressing the first lady. (Harper’s Bazaar)
Long hours and low wages alleged at one Ivanka Trump shoe factory. (Racked)