Watching the presidential race, I’ve been thinking to myself that Hillary Clinton will not beat Donald Trump. But, Donald Trump will beat Donald Trump.
For the second time this election cycle, I’ve been contacted by a media representative to make a comment about Donald Trump. The first was after I posted MOORLACH UPDATE — Tim Clark — April 13, 2016 april 13, 2016 john moorlach.
Barbara Venezia of the Daily Pilot followed up with her observations in MOORLACH UPDATE — Opposition — April 22, 2016 april 22, 2016 john moorlach (also see http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/opinion/tn-dpt-me-0422-barbara-venezia-column-20160421-story.html).
The reporter for the OC Register is an alumni from the Daily Pilot, so I made an unusual request: "May I e-mail you my answer?" She agreed. Here is what I sent her:
"The sexual escapades of influential and prominent people has been the staple of tabloids and romance novels for centuries.
"Stories about Presidents Lyndon Johnson, John Kennedy and Bill Clinton are replete with sexual exploits.
"We have a choice between two flawed Presidential candidates, both who have abused their positions of wealth and power.
"And we have a society that is confused about morality, marriage, and proper boundaries. Although inappropriate, it seems like most people are guilty of some form of trash talk. But, it is usually not done near a microphone.
"It will still come down to individuals voting for whom they believe is the best of these two top candidates to be our next President, flaws and all."
With some sense of irony, there were two ads below the OC Register article below, which are referred to as "Click Bait." I do not recommend that you click on them. The section was titled "FROM AROUND THE WEB – Selected for you by a sponsor." There were six photos and captions from which to click on.
One photo had a caption that reads "Lions Capture Injured Fox, But What Happened Next Is Incredible." Then there were two separate photos of Walter Mondale’s daughter, Eleanor. The captions were "Bill Clinton Affair with Vice President’s Daughter: REVEALED" and "Bill Clinton’s White House Affairs Including Vice President’s Daughter." (You can’t make this stuff up.)
O.C. Republican backlash against Donald Trump
Orange County Supervisor (sic) John Moorlach said of the latest Trump remarks that "We have a choice between two flawed presidential candidates."
JEB HARRIS, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Former Republican presidential hopeful and Arizona Sen. John McCain withdrew his support of Donald Trump in light of a recently released recording that showed the presidential nominee bragging about groping and kissing women without their consent, joining the number of party members who are increasingly distancing themselves from their party’s presidential nominee.
California Republicans are among those calling for presidential hopeful Donald Trump to resign or are urging their fellow Republicans to vote for another candidate.
Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Tweeted Saturday morning that this year would be the first in his 33 years of citizenship that he doesn’t plan to vote for a Republican candidate. The state’s former leader and “Terminator” star did not say who will get his vote, but said it won’t be Trump.
“I want to take a moment today to remind my fellow Republicans that it is not only acceptable to choose your country over your party – it is your duty,” Schwarzenegger tweeted Saturday.
Republicans closer to home also condemned their party’s nominee. Chapman University professor and former Orange County Register columnist Hugh Hewitt urged Trump to step down.
“For the benefit of the country, the party and his family, and for his own good, @realDonaldTrump should withdraw. More and worse oppo(sition) coming,” Hewitt wrote on Twitter early Saturday.
In the three-minute recording first published by the Washington Post, Trump can be heard saying that as a celebrity “you can do anything” to a woman. In the recording Trump told former Access Hollywood anchor Billy Bush he felt compelled to kiss beautiful women “like a magnet.”
Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang who represents North Orange County and parts of east Los Angeles has vocally disavowed Trump for months, and strongly criticized the presidential nominee’s words about women.
“Trump’s comments are disgusting, offensive and an embarrassment to the Republican Party,” said Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang in an email to the Register. “He can’t apologize enough to the women he insulted. As I have publicly stated before, America would be better off with a better choice, as Trump’s boorish behavior is unacceptable and Hillary’s dishonestly is appalling.”
Others, some of whom are in hotly contested elections themselves, had more tepid words of condemnation.
“This type of behavior has no place in American politics, especially not from those seeking to lead our great nation,” tweeted Congressman Darrell Issa, who represents south county and a handful of San Diego cities. As of Saturday morning he had not withdrawn his endorsement of Trump.
Earlier this year Issa supported presidential hopeful Marco Rubio, but after Rubio bowed out of the race he firmly backed Trump, penning an opinion piece encouraging other Republicans to do the same.
Some experts speculate that resounding endorsement may have cost him constitutants at home. In previous years Issa was overwhelmingly reelected, but in June’s primaries the margin shrank between him and political newcomer Doug Applegate, who was vastly outspent by Issa.
Assemblywoman Young Kim is in a close race against Democratic challenger Sharon Quirk-Silva, who she unseated in 2014. Late Friday she issued a brief statement on Twitter about the leak.
“As a mother of 3 daughters I’m shocked at Trump’s remarks re: women. Some of the most disgusting comments I’ve ever heard & I condemn them,” wrote Kim, who has stayed clear of endorsing Trump this year.
Others, like state Sen. John Moorlach who represents central Orange County cities from Huntington Beach to parts of Laguna Niguel said Trump’s actions are par for the course in politics.
“The sexual escapades of influential and prominent people has been the staple of tabloids and romance novels for centuries,” said state Sen. John Moorlach said in a statement provided to the Register.
“We have a choice between two flawed presidential candidates, both who have abused their positions of wealth and power,” Moorlach said. “And we have a society that is confused about morality, marriage, and proper boundaries. Although inappropriate, it seems like most people are guilty of some form of trash talk. But, it is usually not done near a microphone.”
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Congresswoman Mimi Walters did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Staff writer Martin Wisckol contributed to this report.
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