Americans have tolerated much from Donald Trump. But for many, the leaked 2005 video in which he is heard bragging that "when you're a star, you can do anything" to women—including "grab 'em by the pussy"—was a bridge too far. The comment set off a collective gag across social media. Some women were so horrified that they tweeted stories of their first sexual assaults late into the evening. As the video hit the internet Friday, The New York Times started a running tally of Republicans defecting from his campaign. As my colleague David Graham wrote, women and Independent voters in particular have bailed on him . But many Trump voters—38 percent, according to the latest Politico /Morning Consult poll —are refusing to abandon Trump. That choice raises a few questions: What exactly do they see in him that can sustain their loyalty? And how can they stomach what he’s said? For some voters, Trump’s boasting about sexual assault doesn’t mean he’s unfit to run the country. And for the men among them, what Trump’s candidacy offers seems more important than his comments 11 years ago. Many men, in fact, see Trump as the candidate who can restore men's status in… Read full this story
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