An off-the-cuff lewd remark about women made in 2005 has come to haunt US Presidential nominee Donald Trump 11 years later.
Just like drug violations a decade or so ago are now beginning to land athletes in trouble, costing them their gold medals and fame. But let me avoid getting into that farce for this post.
I will confine this to the latest revelation about Mr Trump who wasted no time to own it up, apologising for the “locker room banter”.
In a video that just surfaced yesterday, thanks to pro-Hillary American media, Mr Trump boasts about how he had a way with women, claiming, “when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”
Disgusting remarks whichever way you look at it, rightly earning the indignation of the Republican National Committee chair.
But, to me, the episode may fetch him more votes than he loses. Women may turn against him, they have always been anti-Trump. However, those used to seeing business realities may not hold it against him.
“Not a Perfect Person”: The honesty in his apology may work in his favour, too, at least over this episode. “I’ve never said I’m a perfect person nor pretended to be someone I’m not. I pledge to be a better man tomorrow.”
He has had several other affairs over the years, including with one of his business associates who later sued him over alleged sexual assaults.
She had even claimed that she kept quiet then despite his behaviour having violated her physically because she was pursuing business deals with Mr Trump.
It is not difficult to correlate this with Mr Trump’s statement that “they will let you do anything.”
There may be a thousand reasons for the American electorate to reject Mr Trump, but this 2005 episode is unlikely to be one.
G Joslin Vethakumar