Hours after announcing that his campaign would represent the “bright and clean” future of politics in America, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump sent out a tweet during the early morning hours on Friday urging his supporters to search for a non-existent sex tape featuring former Miss Universe Alicia Machado.
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Ruthledge — one of Trump’s unfortunate campaign surrogates — went to MSNBC to defend her candidate’s indefensible behavior, and she didn’t seem to be having a great time doing it.
Host Stephanie Ruhle grilled Ruthledge about why Trump would feel it appropriate to urge his supporters to “check out sex tape” with only 38 days remaining before election day.
While displaying one of the most uncomfortable and tense-looking smiles ever witnessed on TV, Ruthledge tried to use the old default excuse surrogates like to make for all of Trump’s bad behavior: she blamed Hillary Clinton.
“It’s unfortunate that this issue was raised by Secretary Clinton during Monday night’s debate,” she said. “She’s the one that jumped off in the ditch, bringing back comments from the ’90s. So it’s unfortunate that it turned to that, rather than turning to jobs and the economy and national security.”
However, Ruhle swatted that argument down like a slow fly.
“OK, that was Monday, this story was dying down,” Ruhle said of the Machado affair. “Donald Trump told America — told the millions of people following him on Twitter, our children who in their own schools have their own little elections — [to] look at a sex tape. And it wasn’t just Alicia Machado: Monday night he doubled down and said, ‘The views on Rosie O’Donnell, they’re universal.’ He’s been saying this for years.”
Still probably wishing she was anywhere and doing anything other than defending Donald Trump, Ruthledge again tried to repeat the same talking point like a good Trumpbot is programmed to do.
“Well, again, Secretary Clinton is the one who jumped off in this ditch, and it was not Donald Trump,” she repeated. “We have seen, for the past several months, that he has been focused on talking about jobs and the economy, bringing back jobs to the inner cities.”
Ruhle nimbly ignored her spin and continued to needle the Arkansas AG, telling her that it was Trump himself who made the decision to go on Twitter at five a.m. and prompt his supporters to look for a sex tape. Ruhle asked Ruthledge if she felt that this was a smart strategy for her candidate.
Rutledge, who was looking more uncomfortable than ever, paused for three seconds before she reluctantly addressed the question.
“Well, I am a fan of tweeting during waking hours of most folks,” she said. “So I’m not up tweeting at 3 a.m. generally, so I don’t know if that’s great advice, but perhaps there are people who are interested in other issues at 3 a.m.”
However, she said that Trump’s behavior paled in comparison to how Hillary Clinton dealt with women who had affairs with her husband over 20 years ago.
Trump surrogates find that they have to spin more and more unacceptable behavior from their candidate on a near daily basis, expecting voters to overlook his childish attacks and of focus on why they should not elect one of the most qualified people ever to run for higher office.
One day Ruthledge may come to regret the fact that she sacrificed her self-respect and dignity as a woman to defend a man who makes her skin crawl.
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