Is it time to invoke the 25th Amendment yet? That’s the only logical reaction to the news revealed in The New York Times today that Donald Trump told a senator this year that the infamous Access Hollywood tape — you know, the “grab ’em by the p*ssy,” “moved on her like a bitch” tape — was “not authentic”. The Times reports that Trump repeated the claim to an advisor recently.
The report does not give any evidence to back up the President’s claims which he has thankfully not yet made publically, although it would be interesting to hear if he’s claiming to have been kidnapped and replaced with a body double on the tape or whether he thinks the tape was secretly doctored to make the words come out of his mouth as if he were really speaking them. It would be an unbelievable lip-synch job if they managed to pull that off.
If the report is true, either Trump really believes this and is suffering from an advanced case of Alzheimer’s disease, in which case he should be removed from office immediately due to an inability to perform his duties, or Trump is again bearing false witness for political purposes, in which case he should be removed from office immediately for high crimes and misdemeanors.
All of this comes in the context of Trump’s refusal to denounce accused pedophile and Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has denied the multiple allegations of his pursuit of teenage girls. Trump apparently feels that the uproar over Moore’s behavior is no different than the furor over his own comments.
While the accusations against Moore come from credible women with no political axes to grind, at least the behavior he’s so fervently denying wasn’t caught on videotape for the world to see and play over and over and over.
While Trump may not be in the running for Time magazine’s Person of the Year designation this year, he certainly deserves the George Orwell “War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength” Award for stretching the limits of credulity.