On Friday, a bombshell dropped on Donald Trump, as an audio recording from 2005 featured him bragging about trying to sleep with married women and explaining that he would go up to women and “just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p—-. You can do anything.”
On the one hand, this isn’t all that different from unseemly statements made by Trump before. On the other hand, the context is different because (a) it’s Trump’s voice that is heard, rather than statements read on paper and (b) we’re now just a month out from the election, with early voting underway.
To be sure, we’ve seen Trump in these sorts of situations before, only to have him creep back into the race. For example, the one-two punch of the well-staged Democratic National Convention and his ensuing fight with the Khan family bumped Hillary Clinton up to a 7.6-point lead in the RealClearPolitics polling average on Aug. 9; a month later, Trump had whittled the lead down to two points.