We won’t even go into that whole “Access Hollywood” tape or his personal attacks on Hillary Clinton. Let’s just say that nothing that Wolf said in her comedy routine Saturday night was anywhere near as insulting and degrading as those and many other comments by Trump, our reality star turned president of the United States.
You may also recall that in a 2016 primary debate, Kelly confronted Trump about his history of attacking women on the basis of their looks. Merely by daring to ask the question, Kelly drew boos and hisses from the Republican crowd. And when Trump responded smugly that "I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct," the audience went wild with cheers and applause.
In short, it’s not that they like Trump despite that behavior -- it’s not something that they have to overlook as part of the overall Trump package. Quite the contrary. Much of his base finds his public cruelty appealing --they adore him because of it, not despite it. It not only thrills them, it gives them permission to say and do similar things in their own lives.
So please, spare me the sanctimony.