Trump: 'Deeply troubled' means 'great in bed'
On Friday, talk of Long Island's own Lindsay Lohan became part of the salacious theme in Donald Trump's history regarding women.
CNN Money reported that Trump said of her in a 2004 interview with Howard Stern that "deeply troubled" women are "always the best in bed." She was 18 at the time.
As stated in the CNN story:
"Trump and Stern would often rate, rank, and describe in sexual terms female celebrities. In appearances reviewed by CNN's KFile, Trump also told Stern he would pay not to receive oral sex from Rosie O'Donnell and teased a recently-deceased Anna Nicole Smith for her large lips.
A Trump campaign spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment on this story.
In that context, it was Trump who initiated the talk of Lohan. From CNN:
"What do you think of Lindsay Lohan?" Trump asked Stern.
"I think she's hot," responded Stern.
"There's something there right?" Trump said. "But you have to like freckles. I've seen a, you know, close up of her chest and a lot of freckles. Are you into freckles?"
"Now does the father wreck (sic), does that bother you a little bit?" Trump asked later in the conversation.
"Howard feels that the father being a wreck is a good thing," interjected co-host Robin Quivers.
"Oh yeah, because first of all, if the father's a wreck like the way he is--" Stern said.
"Right," said Trump.
"Can you imagine the sex with this troubled teen?" said Stern.
"Yeah, you're probably right," Trump said. "She's probably deeply troubled and therefore great in bed. How come the deeply troubled women, you know, deeply, deeply troubled, they're always the best in bed?"
Stern responded, "Because they're looking for love, they're looking for positive affirmation, they're looking for a father figure who will love them and tell them they're wonderful and they'll never be enough. No matter many times you tell them they're beautiful, no matter how many times you tell them you love them they want to suck it up more. They would drain you like a vampire until your head caved in if they could get more love."
"Well I have a friend Howard who's actually like a great Playboy, I mean, I don't say this about men, this guy does very well," said Trump. "He runs silent, runs deep as they say, like a submarine. He will only look for a crazy women. He says, 'Donald, Donald, please, please, I only want the crazy women.'"
"They're desperate," adds Stern.
"What is this guy all about," said Trump. "But for some reason, what I said is true. It's just unbelievable. You don't want to be with them for long term, but for the short term there's nothing like it."
The take-away: Character count
The campaign’s sharp turn to the sordid didn’t just happen because salacious sells. The bottom line, writes Newsday’s Dan Janison, goes back to what was said by one of the nation’s founders, John Adams: The people have a right to know “of the characters and conduct of their rulers.”
Playing the 'stalk' card
At least one body language expert considered Trump's pacing and mobility during last Sunday's debate a strategic plus for him. But with a Trump-as-creep gender narrative now in blossom, Clinton went on the Ellen DeGeneres show and helped feed it.
"He was really all wrought up," Clinton said, "and you could just sense how much anger he had. And so, he was really trying to dominate and then literally stalk me around the stage.”
Trump replied in the accustomed manner. “Believe me,” he said, “The last space that I want to invade is her space. Believe me. I don't want to invade her space.”
Michelle Obama: ‘Intolerable’
First lady Michelle Obama, appearing for Clinton in New Hampshire, delivered an emotional rebuke of Trump and his behavior toward women, saying it “has shaken me to my core.”
“I can’t believe I am saying that a candidate for president of the United States has actually bragged about sexually assaulting women,” Obama told the crowd. “This is not politics as usual. This is disgraceful. This is intolerable.” (Video here)
Latest from the polls
That means Clinton is still the favorite. Trump would need these three states plus Florida — where NBC/WSJ/Marist showed him 3 points down last week — to have a plausible path to an electoral vote majority. Trump appears to be giving up on Virginia, CNN reported.
A Fox News poll finds Clinton up 7 points nationally — a jump from 2 points a week ago — with 56% calling Trump unqualified to be president.
The incredible shrinking Trump
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who still supports Trump, isn’t happy with Trump’s recent complaint about Republican leaders who didn’t send congratulations to him after Sunday’s debate.
“There’s a Big Trump and a Little Trump,” Gingrich said on Fox Business Thursday morning. “The Little Trump is frankly pathetic. I mean, he’s mad over not getting a phone call?”
But Gingrich was dismissive of the latest accusations against Trump of sexually aggressive behavior. “When The New York Times goes back over 30 years to find somebody who had a bad airplane flight ... that’s sincere.”
Last chance to register
Friday is the official deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 8 elections, and that can be done online or by mail — but there’s also a one-day grace period to register in person because it’s a presidential year. See this Newsday guide for more information.
What else is happening
- Clinton submitted sworn answers about her use of a private email server in a lawsuit brought by a conservative watchdog group, Politico reports. She asserted that no one ever warned her that the practice could run afoul of laws on preserving federal records.
- New from the WikiLeaks hack of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails: frustration in an exchange between him and adviser Neera Tanden over Clinton’s hesitance to make a forthright apology for her email practices.
- Several big Republican donors including New York philanthropist Bruce Kovner are urging the Republican National Committee to cut ties with Trump and focus its efforts on more worthy party candidates.
- Clinton said at a San Francisco fundraiser that Trump’s campaign makes people “want to unplug the internet or just look at cat GIFs.” She added, “In the last few weeks I’ve watched a lot of cats do a lot of weird and interesting things.” See Emily Ngo’s story for Newsday.
- A lawyer for Billy Bush, in his exit negotiations with NBC, said the suspended “Today” host is getting an unfair rap. If Billy had been passive or responded ‘Shut the [expletive] up’ to Trump, Billy would have been out of a job the next day,” Marshall Grossman told The Hollywood Reporter.
- The latest Trump allegations have not led to a further round of defections among congressional Republicans, Politico says.
- New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito cited the “vile political climate” created by Trump’s “Access Hollywood” video in revealing that she was molested as a child. See story by Newsday’s Matthew Chayes.