Unfortunately the criticism of Donald Trump's latest -- or lately reported -- outburst tends to focus on his language recorded back in 2005.
“Grab them by the p---y,” Trump reportedly advises. “You can do anything.”
During 30-plus years in newspapers, I covered cops and courts for more than a few years.
And I learned this much:
Someone who does that to an unwilling woman is committing sexual assault.
That's a serious felony. Get convicted of it and you can face a long time -- and if you're Trump's age, possibly the rest of your life -- in prison.
Trump, however, wants you keep attention on his language alone.
In his "apology," Trump stays on a words-only level:
“I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.”
And even when he was whining, he sticks to language:
“Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course — not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended.”
Again, the key word is "said."
Although he's given us no reason to do so, let's take Trump at his -- yes, indeed -- word.
And I can think of no better way than doing that at Sunday's debate.
Something like this:
Briefly put the question in context by summarizing what he said and then simply ask, "Mr. Trump, have you ever raped or sexually assaulted a woman?"
I'm sure it will ignite a shitstorm from him about the allegations against Bill Clinton.
And I suspect that Hillary Clinton wishes that recording had never surfaced, or at least not until after the election.
But that should be deferred to finding out what may have actually happened.