How bad are things for Donald Trump after Porngate?

It's pretty bad when Sean Hannity, your little mascot who loves to crawl into your lap for a head pat, called the words Trump used, “wrong, insulting, outrageous.”

So bad that Trump actually apologized, promising to be a "better man" in the future.

"I've said and done things I regret," he stated. "Anyone who knows me, knows these words do not reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize."

The problem is that anyone who knows him knows well those words do reflect the cruel and nasty way he talks about women. Just listen to some of his Howard Stern rants on women.

Speaker Paul Ryan also reached breaking point, finally grew a pair and has refused to campaign with Donald Trump after the latest crisis in the Trump campaign.

The Irish American Speaker of the House pulled no punches after Donald Trump’s crude comments about women, made ten years ago when he was 59, became public.

The article appeared in the Washington Post, but I suspect it was the Clinton opposition who turned it up and there may be more.

Imagine how conflicted the Christian evangelicals and Tea Party types, notoriously prudish about sexual matters, feel reading these horrific comments from Trump.

Imagine if it was a Democratic presidential candidate who said them? There would be a chorus of “Get thee behind me Satan” for starters. The End Times and the Rapture would arrive early.

But not a peep of criticism so far from the God Squad.

Ryan got off the Trump train with alacrity after Porngate broke. He stated: "I am sickened by what I heard today."

"Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified," Ryan said in a statement on Friday night.

“I hope Mr. Trump treats this situation with the seriousness it deserves and works to demonstrate to the country that he has greater respect for women than this clip suggests. In the meantime, he is no longer attending tomorrow’s event in Wisconsin.”

Ryan has stayed on the sidelines far too long as the most influential Republican in America and the most popular figure in the party.

Now he has a fundamental decision to make. Condemning Trump’s comments while still supporting him is simply undoable. He must either state, as Mitt Romney and many other leaders, including 34 former Congressional Republicans did this week, that they cannot in conscience support Trump.

Or he can try the weasel trick of condemning while still endorsing.

Kinda like having your cake and eating it.

Ryan’s future may well depend on it. The easy decision would be to slither along seeking to have it both ways. The better option would be to speak on behalf of Republican Party, which needs a new agenda and vision which Ryan could supply after Trump the Terrible is long forgotten.

Part of Ryan’s appeal is that he is a young, fresh face, who acquitted himself well as Romney’s VP candidate and replaced the do-nothing speaker John Boehner and created new energy among the House leadership.

Now his biggest task will be to keep the GOP from splitting over Trump, no easy task, but there can only be one right way to do that.

Renounce Trump in full and without qualification.

If he does not, he hardly deserves to ever run for president.

 

Speaker Paul Ryan has said he was "sickened" by Trump's lewd comments about women.Ryan photo: WikiCommons;Trump photo: WikiCommons/Michael Vadon