Some Thoughts About Christians, Politics and Trump’s Newest Sex Scandal From a 31-Year Old Virgin

By Dustin Siggins Published on October 9, 2016

On Friday, Donald Trump’s newest scandal broke. The thrice-married man described in 2005, using graphic terms, that he tried to have sex with a married woman — while he was also married — and also described how he can easily get action with women because of his fame and fortune.

The Stream has covered the reactions of Christian leaders. Congressional Republicans are abandoning Trump in droves, and even his wife and running mate for the White House were critical.

I wrote about the new scandal — and, more importantly, the political and media reaction — as the brouhaha was building, noting that a) this scandal offers no new information about Trump, and b) by going all-out against Trump, both Republicans and the media are carrying Hillary Clinton’s water as yet another scandal about her possibly illegal, and certainly dishonest, beliefs and behavior broke yesterday.

This is a tough time for orthodox Christians. Hillary Clinton is disaster when it comes to life, marriage and religious liberty. But Donald Trump has largely been unrepentant about his boorish behavior in the past and present, and his flip-flops on global warming, immigration, abortion, taxes and many other important public policy issues make him at best a wild card.

So what should Christians take away from this newest Trump scandal? I offer a few thoughts below, as a Christian and political observer whose (lack of a) sex life is radically different than that of Mr. Trump’s:

  1. The 2005 comments are morally reprehensible, and say a great deal about his personal ethics as of ten years ago. He’s 70 now, which means he was 58 or 59 when he made the comments causing him so much grief over the last 40 hours. Let’s not pretend this is mere locker-room banter.
  2. Donald Trump needs lots of prayer. It would be a miracle if he changed from the man he was in 2005 to a man whose beliefs and practices are more in keeping with those taught by Christ.
  3. Clinton is still an objectively worse candidate because of her terrible policy ideas.
  4. But what are those policies? Quoting The Washington Examiner, something you might have missed as the media focus on Trump — a new Wikileaks e-mail release shows that Clinton has lied to the public, likely broken the law and is willing to sell the nation down the river:

    Clinton said in a speech to Banco Itau, an Italian bank, that she supported “open borders” and free trade in May 2013.

    “My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere,” she said. Clinton pocketed $225,000 for the Banco Itau speech.

    The excerpts were described as “flags” from the Democratic nominee’s paid speeches as identified by “HWA,” likely an acronym for the Harry Walker Agency, which represented both Clintons on the paid speaking circuit.

    Other transcripts showed her touting her “great relations” with Wall Street and featured her defending big banks against the “oversimplification” people made when blaming them for the financial crisis.

    She told Nexenta, a technology company, in a 2014 paid speech that she was aware of the rules barring Blackberry use at the State Department.

  5. If we’re going to dredge up decade-old comments that indicate a presidential candidate disrespects women, let’s put it in perspective. His opponent, Hillary Clinton, both defended her husband’s philandering — which included possibly raping at least one woman — and viciously attacked her husband’s accusers.
  6. Vox‘s Emily Crockett, a liberal feminist reporter and commentator, told me that while “allegations of rape and sexual assault against Bill Clinton should absolutely be taken seriously,” the former president “is not running for President. Hillary is. And so is Trump. End of story.” However, Bill Clinton is a primary surrogate for his wife, and would undoubtedly be involved in making policy. Furthermore, leftists have been excusing or ignoring his behavior for decades (kudos to Crockett for slamming Clinton); having him in the White House should trouble anyone who thinks “triggering” and “rape culture” are an issue.
  7. All in all, this “scandal” of Trump’s is neither new nor offers any new information. Short of serious contrition and repentance, it shows he is morally unfit for the office of the President. But the bombardment by the left, members of the right and the media against Trump over what amounts to gross disdain for women (including his own wife) seem mostly timed to let Clinton’s objectively worse, and more dangerous, new scandal disappear from view.
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  • Billy Chickens

    Not one Hollywood star better say anything about this. The filth they portray on the screen, the lewdness, language and anti-God homosexuality and transgenderism, not to mention THEIR portrayals of adultery – both on the screen and in REAL LIFE – make Donald look like a grade school boy making a pass at a girl on the playground.

    • Dean Bruckner

      My thoughts exactly!

  • Hmmm…

    Stop — Hey, are you there? Good. Stop saying Trump hasn’t changed and can’t change. You can still build muscle at 90. The human spirit is much more resilent than muscle. Add to that: God can change anything, anyone. They have to cooperate, but he can set things up very strongly and his lovely spirit, his firm spirit, him Can Do! Mr. Trump mentioned that meeting people as he traveled to campaign has/is changing him. The most obvious fact of the video is that it was from 11 years ago.

    The first question should be, is there any indication that this type of talk, much less action is still going on. There is absolutely no indication of that. In fact, his persona and handling are of sufficient gentility and sincerity of heart to inspire the likes of Mike Pence, who is Mr. Character for long time, all time and for certain real. It’s Trump’s pride and vanity that pose the worst threats to destruction for him, and those were likely in play with that very irresponsible talk with the young man that day.

    • Billy Chickens

      Hmmm – Great post!! I agree.

  • Hillary’s speeches hurt her with her base. The independent voters won’t care. Trump’s remarks hurt him with the right, left, and center. It doesn’t matter if what Clinton did was worse. Bill isn’t running for office and the MSM doesn’t report Hillary’s misdeeds except as conspiracy theories.

    Trump should have been forced out at the convention. We knew his oral diarrhea would destroy us. God only knows what is being held back.

  • #EpluribusAwesome

    I thought Trump’s apology was authentic. As another comment mentions, there is no indication that Trump is still talking this way among his current coworkers, whereas I have read accounts of Bill Clinton continuing to have at least one extramarital sexual relationship to this day. There seems no clear indication that our country would not have to suffer more humiliation from new sex scandals if Bill is in the White House again. The fact he will be there on H’s coattails this time doesn’t change the danger – they are a team.

    And perhaps most importantly, as Team Trump has subtly made the point tonight by inviting Bill Clinton’s past abuse victims to the debate, we are comparing TALK with ACTIONS.

    We have only 2 choices to lead our country. Going issue by issue I see no issue where Hillary would be a better bet. The immigration issue worries me for multiple reasons but the worst aspect of immigration is that it could spell permanent Democratic rule by demographics. Please let us preserve our great country and vote with wisdom!

    • Dean Bruckner

      Don’t forget Bill being on the private phone list of the guy who has an airplane and a private island where pedophiles fulfill their evil fantasies.

  • Dean Bruckner

    Voting for Trump in self defense is permissible, bothnfor me and Stream author John Zmirak.

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