"Donald Trump confesses to sexual assault on tape. Congrats to [house speaker Paul Ryan] and [Republican chairman Reince Priebus] you are the party of rape."
These are the words of Michele Dauber, the Stanford law professor who is leading the recall effort against the judge who sentenced Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to just six months behind bars for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman.
In the hours after a leaked audio recording exposed the married Trump talking about hitting on and sexually assaulting women, people reacted with anger and dismay. In a statement, he said he apologised "if" anyone was offended.
"I did try to f*** her," he says to Billy Bush in the 2005 video. "I moved on her like a bitch."
Even his conservative cronies won't like it. The woman in question was married.
The exposed audio recording, reported by the Washington Post, is the strongest example of predatory language we have ever seen from a presidential candidate. What other audio recordings have yet to be leaked that span the last 50 years?
In Trump’s world of “stars”, women are objects to be hunted. They are to be bragged about and dismissed. They are objects to be assaulted.
His campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said in 2013 that rape wouldn’t exist if women were as physically strong as men and could push them away. One can imagine her sitting in Trump Tower now, her head in her hands.
Maybe sexual assault would not exist to the same extent if high-profile figures, including politicians and businessmen, did not brag about groping women who, according to Trump, "let [them] do it" because the men can do "whatever [they] want".
How to defend the indefensible?
Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski tried.
"We’re electing a leader, not a Sunday school teacher," he said on CNN. Mr Lewandowski had been arrested and charged with battery of a female reporter. He denies the charges and the Palm Beach county state attorney ordered the charges to be dropped.
His former boss - 59 when the recording was made, now 70 - is running for president. His supporters say he cannot be blamed for comments made a decade ago. Yet the idea that he has developed respect for women as equal human beings in the past decade is extremely unlikely.
As sad and degrading as the remarks are, they are not surprising.
We have seen him repeatedly talk over his wife, Melania Trump, during a 2005 interview with Larry King, focusing on his own financial contributions to her lifestyle rather than admitting she had her own modeling career.
We have heard him call women "dogs", "slobs" and "pigs".
He hired Roger Ailes as a debate coach, a man who left Fox News - with a multi-million dollar payout - after being repeatedly sued for sexual harassment. He denies wrongdoing and reached a settlement of $20 million with former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson. Anchor Andrea Tantaros has refused to settle.
Trump also hired Steve Bannon, a man who was accused of domestic violence in the 1990s in a police report. Mr Bannon pleaded not guilty and said he was never interviewed by the police, and had a great relationship with his ex-wife.
Now we have heard Trump talking about making advances on women as if he was a huntsman.
Republican National Committee chairman Mr Priebus issued a statement, saying: "No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever."
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
The timing is horribly embarrassing for Republicans. Just four hours before the leak, house speaker Paul Ryan was tweeting his support for the new Survivors' Bill of Rights Act.
"Victims of sexual assault deserve full protection under the law," he tweeted. "And now, they will have it."
How can women and men possibly expect the future president to protect women from sexual assault when Trump is apparently so comfortable talking about predatory behaviour himself?Reuse content