Donald J. Trump has apologized–twice–for his vulgar remarks about women which threatened to thwart his attempt to win the White House. The first time, he was dismissive–calling the crude comments mere “locker room banter” and going on to imply that President Bill Clinton was even more vulgar when talking with the boys. “This was locker room banter,” he said,

“…a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course – not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended.”

But after conferring for hours with his key advisers and his children, Trump released a second apology after midnight in which he came closer to acknowledging the severity of his transgression.

“I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not. I’ve said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than a decade-old video are one of them.

Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize. I’ve traveled the country talking about change for America, but my travels have also changed me. I’ve spent time with grieving mothers who’ve lost their children, laid-off workers whose jobs have gone to other countries, and people from all walks of life who just want a better future. I have gotten to know the great people of our country, and I’ve been humbled by the faith they’ve placed in me. I pledge to be a better man tomorrow and will never, ever let you down.”

But then, he couldn’t resist the urge to once again bring the Clintons into it, despite his adviser’s warning that if he mentioned Hillary in the apology, it would fail. He seemed to imply that the incident in question was in the distant past, and he’s a much wiser, kinder, nicer guy now. Then, in an attack reminiscent of the kindergarten playground, Trump added:

“Bill Clinton has actually abused women, and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims.”

See the transcript of his full remarks here.

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WELL, SO HERE WE ARE.

We can’t say we’re surprised: We knew before Friday that Trump was a loose cannon, that he had a penchant for vulgarity, that he was sexually promiscuous. The question is, What are we going to do now?

In September, I took the unusual step of reversing my earlier position and endorsing Donald Trump. (See that post here.) My attitude toward Trump was not the enthusiastic support one might have for a true statesman, a visionary, a Ronald Reagan. Rather, it was the exasperated shoulder-shrug of “What other choice do we have?” Are there better men in America? Yes! Are any of them running for president? Yes! Can any of them get elected? NO!!

But Americans are backed into a corner. Having gone dumpster-diving for candidates in the 2016 election cycle, we have two totally unacceptable candidates. Trump is a depraved blowhard; Clinton is dishonest and crafty, and insists that religion must “change its teachings” to accommodate her ideas regarding the moral issues confronting society. She is flagrantly pro-abortion, and she stands in opposition to everything that I believe.

The best thing that could happen, in this unfortunate election, is that Trump/Pence could be elected, and Trump could then resign, leaving Pence to lead America. The next best thing, which is not a “good” thing at all, is that Trump could be our president for the next four years.

But the WORST thing that could happen is Hillary could move back to the White House, this time claiming the Oval Office for herself, and continue on the course that Barack Obama set. Our religious liberties will be seriously compromised, abortion will be enshrined in law and practice, the right of parents to educate their children will be trampled, the military will be hamstrung and only bad people will own guns, and on and on goes the litany of problems which Clinton would create.

I stand by my earlier post in support of Donald J. Trump, the unlikeable candidate who, in a vulgarity-laced video, bragged about groping and kissing a married woman. Not that I like him, my friends–no way!

But for the good of America, the ill-mannered Trump with his entourage of pro-life, clear-thinking advisers is our only hope.

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