The sex, lies and videotape debate: Trump struggles early but finishes strong
Shortly before Donald Trump took the stage here in St. Louis, he finished a Facebook Live video press conference with Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey and Juanita Broaddrick—a more dramatic response to the tape on which he boasted of groping women than anyone could have imagined.Of course, it’s been hard to imagine much of this reality-show campaign, but its most sensational, trash-talking elements—from Hillary Clinton’s possible role in her husband’s sexual misconduct to Trump talking about pursuing a married woman on “Access Hollywood”--collided on the Washington University stage.Anderson Cooper began with three questions about the 2005 tape, including grabbing women’s “genitals…that is sexual assault. Do you understand that?”In perhaps the strangest segue I’ve ever seen, Trump apologized for what he called “locker-room talk” and pivoted to ISIS beheadings. And the debate went downhill fr. . .