Frank Bruni in Sunday’s NYTimes has a great piece on the feigned shock from Republicans:
Listening to the 2005 recording of Donald Trump’s comments to Billy Bush, I had many reactions. Disgust was one.
Amazement was another: I still struggle to comprehend how Americans let Trump get this far.
Which has been my response as well. Surely, the “Family Values” party of a decade ago would never nominate Trump. And I’ve wondered if this final straw for so many Republicans is that there is a truth they can’t escape in the video footage.
But surprise at what he actually said? Please. And I don’t believe for a nanosecond that it’s what the Republicans now denouncing and even fleeing him felt.
The biggest shock is their charade of it, because the recording revealed nothing new.
Finally, I agree, as do so many of those I follow on Twitter, with this point:
Any Republicans who are discovering and proclaiming moral outrage only now aren’t entitled to it. They should have found it on any number of previous occasions.
Also published on Medium.