Republican Chairman On Sunday Talk Show: Trump’s Sexism Doesn’t Matter To Our Voters

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Today on “Fox News Sunday,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus brusquely dismissed Donald Trump’s sexism both public and private as an issue totally irrelevant to the presumptive nominee’s standing with the GOP. Host Chris Wallace pressed Priebus on the matter, given the revelations in a recent “New York Times” article regarding Trump’s behavior toward women over the years. Unmoved, Priebus continued to claim the accusations had no bearing on the race:

‘Well, you know, a lot of things bother me. And obviously, I’m the wrong person to be asking that particular question.’

But when Wallace pressed him, Priebus said:

‘People just don’t care. I think people look at Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and say, Who is going to bring an earthquake to Washington, D.C.?’

Priebus added that he didn’t think the presumptive nominee’s personal life mattered too much to anyone in his party:

‘I don’t think Donald Trump and his personal life is something that people are looking at and saying, Wow, I’m surprised that he’s had girlfriends.That’s not what people look at.’

Wallace wasn’t having it, though:

‘Whoa, forgive me, sir. It’s not whether or not he had girlfriends. The question is whether or not he mistreated women, whether he made unwanted advances, whether he humiliated women in the workplace. I don’t understand why you say people don’t care about that. And are you going to look into the allegations?’

And Wallace is right. These are serious allegations that ought to be a concern to anyone, even if they weren’t aimed at a presidential candidate. Priebus’ response is all too telling:

‘I’m not saying people don’t care about it. I’m just saying that the reason he is where he’s at is he represents something different than the traditional analysis of individual candidates. And yes, everything bothers me, Chris. But I don’t know the truth of these things. All I’m saying is that after a year of different stories, nothing applies. That’s all I’m saying.’

Priebus has in the past made his feelings about Trump clear and it’s been with obvious reluctance that he’s asked his party to embrace the real estate mogul as their candidate. The frustration Priebus expresses is understandable, but is it forgivable to say that a presidential candidate’s personal behavior and ethics are simply irrelevant to an election? Absolutely not, and Priebus doing so on national television is only further evidence of just how far his party has recently fallen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rW2bSmJQiwk

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