I think it’s worth noting that Oklahoma’s most well-known supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump—Gov. Mary Fallin—didn’t say anything publicly about his latest controversy until right before Sunday’s debate.
Trump, as we all know, was caught on a tape recorded some 11 years ago making vulgar and bragging comments about sexually assaulting women. The tape became public last week, prompting even more prominent Republican leaders to withdraw their support from the candidate who heads the GOP ticket going into the Nov. 8 general election.
Here’s part of Fallin’s statement, according to a Sunday media report:
Both of our nation's presidential candidates are very flawed and have made mistakes. I am disappointed and offended by the comments made by Mr. Trump 11 years ago. His comments about women were totally unacceptable. I hope he uses this debate to show his sincerity with his earlier apology and takes the opportunity to demonstrate he has the character and leadership skills to be president. In the end, I trust the American people to make the right decision. America is still the greatest nation in the world.
Well, Trump had no apologies Sunday night in the presidential debate. He does not apologize in any real sense in terms of personal awareness for anything, ever. That’s how fascism works. Dictators always lie.
As more and more people all across the political spectrum express their outrage over Trump’s remarks, many of his longtime detractors are grateful and some maybe with too much of “it’s-about-time” attitude. Trump’s outrageous comments and sordid conduct have been on display for years, of course, but partisan politics creates strange unities and myopic thinking.
Stopping Trump from becoming president is too important to waste time on “told-you-so” jubilation. This is a genuinely serious time in our country’s history. On Sunday night, Trump actually promised to put his opponent Hillary Clinton in jail if he’s elected president. The dictator lies and jails people. Again, that’s fascism.
Fallin’s silence for so long on the issue was deafening. She had been an unquestioning Trump supporter for months and she was supposedly even considered by the Trump camp for the Republican vice presidential slot. More importantly, she’s Oklahoma first female governor, and although she had no duty or mandate to speak for all women here, her take on Trump’s comments will be widely shared in a state not known for treating women very well.
The Oklahoma Republican Party has indicated it continues to endorse Trump even though its communications director has resigned after its chair declined to issue a statement withdrawing the organization’s support for Trump.
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