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Trump's Rape & Fraud Problem

A GOP frontrunner has never before captured as many primary votes as Donald Trump has but it hasn’t come at a cheap price. Donald Trump, from the day he announced, has been a firestorm of media frenzied soundbites and catchy name calling coupled with Alinsky style rhetoric. His meteoric rise has been the freshness of a Nationalist campaign that taps into the anger, frustration and disenfranchisement of the American voter and to a large extent a large part of the Republican party’s base that the establishment party bosses have ignored and demeaned. This is actually the least of the party’s problems as the now recent allegations and court decisions put the Republican party in a place it’s never been.

A suit in California has been filed, alleging Donald Trump raped an underaged female while working for convicted pedophile Jeffery Epstein. You may also remember that former President and husband of Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton had traveled to Epstein’s private sex-slave island using Epstein’s private jet, however, denying any criminal or sexual behaviors. So the likelihood that this is a Clinton leak is slim and if this were some sort of Cruz leak it would seem too little too late and if known should have been used earlier in the campaign. This story could be problematic for both Trump and the Republican party and this may only be the start. Within the last few days of this story breaking, with the suit being filed by Katie Johnson and alleging two corroborating witnesses, the Trump University scandal has been moved forward in the court system, being cleared for trial. Both cases, although unrelated, go towards major questions about the character and credibility of the candidate. Trump of course categorically denies the allegations, releasing a statement and saying “There is absolutely no merit to these allegations. Period.” But what doesn’t help Mr. Trump’s case early on in this process is his own admitted history of sexual promiscuity, his former wife Ivana’s non-criminal charges of rape, yet inhumane treatment, while married to Donald Trump and Trump’s own comments about pedophile Epstein. Trump once said of Epstein, “I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it -- Jeffrey enjoys his social life.” Ehhww.

This, I believe, is only the beginning. Until now, the media has basically treated Donald Trump like the reality show star that he is with celebrity kit gloves. Hot mics asking him what softball questions he’d like to receive to media outlets setting record viewership numbers while defying the election process by not attending debates and ripping off wounded warriors with false promises of charity just to avoid going on the record and exposing his lack of serious presidential substance. Even his recent incoherent foreign policy speech was given a pass with multiple contradictions within the speech not receiving the scrutiny that a serious presidential candidate should be required to have. A candidate with the unfavorables as high as Trump, only bested by Hillary, negativity among female voters higher than even Hillary’s by double digits creates an uphill battle before the fight even begins and yet Trump’s philandering past, possible teen rape, disparaging comments about women and the details around his failed marriages are yet to have been placed under the microscopes of the main stream media. The GOP may have nothing left after all is said and done so conservatives had better just hang on because our time of rising and reforming the GOP may yet be to come.

Written by Trey Roberts

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