Straws, The Camel’s back, and… Our Only Fall-back Choice is Gary Johnson?

— This article, by Jerry Cates, was first published on 14 October 2016, and was last revised on 15 October 2016. © Govinthenews Vol. 7:10(3).

I well remember the allegations that swirled around Bill Clinton’s sex life in the mid-1990’s. At first, I did not believe it. Bill was so convincing in his denials. It seemed impossible to believe that he would be guilty of such things. But he did. And he didn’t stop.

Now we have Donald Trump, and allegations about his sex life. At first I didn’t want to believe it. Then I excused it because it happened so long ago, when he was a Democrat. And then… I couldn’t excuse it any more. He’s attacking the accusers. Just like Bill did. It’s deja vu, all over again… Or is it?

After serious consideration, I initially felt I had had enough. For me, Donald Trump was toast. His alleged behavior — emphasis on alleged — could not be tolerated. He was not worth all the stomach acid and adrenalin I’d expended thus far on this election cycle. I even took back all the positive things I’d said about him over the past year. All of them. I’d thought that, at his core, he was made of gold, but at least for a while, instead, it appeared to me he is made of something else entirely.

But, while in that dark mood, I decided all was not lost.

We still had Gary Johnson.

I’d just read over his platform and his biography, and the revelations of both — with exceptions to his stance on illegal immigration, and reservations on his stance on recreational drugs — resonated with me then and resonate with me still. I vowed to explain why in the next few days.

Then I read over the biography of his running mate, William Weld. Not so good. Not good at all… His position on the 2nd Amendment, on gun control, and on a number of other important social and fiscal issues of the day, are seriously problematic. So problematic, in fact, that I doubt the Johnson/Weld Ticket has a chance.

Too bad. Johnson could have done better. He didn’t. Perhaps to his loss.

Still, everything is not yet lost. The Trump Campaign is fighting back against the allegations that Trump misbehaved with the ladies who have recently come forth at the behest of the Hillary Clinton Campaign. And the core premises being set forth in the Trump Campaign fight-back is making a lot of sense.

First came Anthony Gilberthorpe, a British man who says he was on the cross-country flight during which Trump allegedly tried to grope Jessica Leeds. Gilberthorpe claims he was present at all times and was probably the man Leeds referred to as being there, seeing Trump’s gropes, and did nothing:

“I have only met this accuser once and frankly cannot imagine why she is seeking to make out that Trump made sexual advances on her. Not only did he not do so (and I was present at all times) but it was she that was the one being flirtatious,” said Gilberthorpe.

Additional sources report that while Leeds’s story included details about how Trump carried out his groping adventure with her, by lifting the armrest between their seats in the First Class cabin, the seats on the aircraft they were flying in at the time did not have armrests that could be raised…

But there’s more. Another of Trump’s accusers, Summer Zervos, a former contestant on Trump’s NBC reality show “The Apprentice,” said The Donald kissed and groped her after a meeting in a Beverly Hills hotel in 2007. Gloria Allred, the prominent feminist attorney who often takes such cases, now represents Ms. Zervos, and claims she was rebuffed on her expectations of advancing on “The Apprentice,” and was instead offered a low-paying job at a Trump golf course in retaliation for her refusal to reciprocate on Trump’s advances.

Trump at once denied he ever met Zervos at a hotel or treated her inappropriately. Later, John Barry, of Mission Viejo, California, who is a a cousin of Zervos, stated he was shocked and bewildered by her account. According to Barry, Zervos spoke glowingly about Trump until he refused an invitation to visit her restaurant during the primary campaign:

“I think Summer wishes she could still be on reality TV,” Barry said, “and in an effort to get that back she’s saying all these negative things about Mr. Trump. That’s not how she talked about him before.”

And, yes, there is still more. Natasha Stoynoff’s claims that Trump moved inappropriately on her, aggressively kissing and groping while she was visiting the Trump family home years ago. In the midst of that alleged attack, Stoynoff said Trump’s butler intervened, informing The Donald that Melania would be down, momentarily.

Now Athony Senegal, Trump’s butler at the time the alleged attack took place, has come forward to say it did not happen:

“No,” Senegal stated, “that never happened. Come on, that’s just bull crap… Everybody is just jumping on the train… I think you’re going to see even more of it between now and the election. But these incidents never happened.”

So, who are we supposed to believe? Trump and his witnesses, or the accusing ladies, who have no witnesses? Bring on the witnesses who can corroborate the accusations, and let’s see what we can do with that. But, barring credible witness accounts of that nature, we have no choice but to go with Trump’s denials.

And, if he is correct, well, that’s no surprise. Clinton — don’t need a first name, do we? — is a world-class liar whose lips seem unable to open and say anything but lies. Good heavens, how much more of the Clinton Lie Machine can we tolerate?

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