Billy Bush got fired and Donald Trump got elected president.

Just a year ago this month, the infamous 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape of Republican presidential nominee Trump speaking with the then host of the NBC program was released. In it Trump was heard saying, “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.” He specifically boasted of grabbing women’s genitals. Bush laughed and laughed, encouraging the Donald to tell other stories, including one about Trump’s failure to seduce a married woman whom he had targeted.

Release of the tape last year prompted 11 women to accuse Trump of sexual assault, with Trump firing back that he would sue all 11 women and provide the public with evidence that they were lying. He also characterized several of them as “too ugly” to have attracted his attention. We all continue to wait for Trump’s evidence and threatened lawsuits. Additionally, 20 former staffers and contestants on “The Apprentice” claimed Trump, the star of this reality TV program, behaved toward women in “lewd and inappropriate” ways.

Comedian Bill Cosby, former Fox executive Roger Ailes and his former henchman Bill O’Reilly, and more recently movie mogul Harvey Weinstein have been taken apart by the activist media for behavior remarkably similar to Trump’s. The difference, of course, is that Teflon Donald has escaped public prosecution because he is, alas, the president. Were Bill Clinton to have had it so easy.

You have to wonder about the rule of law, treating everyone equally for equally criminal behavior. I doubt, however, that Trump wonders about this. Trump never admits mistakes, errors in judgment, or rookie assumptions. Instead, he goes on the attack, warning every detractor that a price will be paid for challenging his actions and his ideas. Trump is, by nature and experience, an aggressor, a trait that may have served him well in the world of real estate but is of dubious value in the world of politics, let alone in government.

Pugnacious, quarrelsome and arrogant, Trump’s aggressive treatment of women has been especially ugly and crude. During the GOP presidential primary he said of challenger Carly Fiorina “Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that?”

Against primary challenger Ted Cruz, Trump retweeted a photo of his super model wife — also his third — Melania standing alongside Cruz’s wife, Heidi. After then Fox News commentator Megyn Kelly challenged Trump on his insulting comments about women during a 2015 presidential debate, Trump said during a CNN interview, “You could see blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”

In July, Trump referred to “Morning Joe” co-anchor Mika Brzezinski as “ low IQ Crazy Mika.” And never to be overlooked, he said in a 2003 appearance on “The Howard Stern Show” his daughter Ivanka “ has got the best body,” and on “The View” in 2006, “ If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”

To argue, as some have, that Trump is trying to normalize misogyny is to give The Donald too much credit for having a plan. Trump’s entire professional life — as property huckster, reality TV host and sponsor of Miss Universe pageants — has been devoted to demeaning women. Why the media do not dwell on this sorry record of disordered behavior probably makes Weinstein, O’Reilly and Cosby wonder why it’s only Republican presidents who get a pass.

Roger Bowen is a selectman in Gouldsboro.

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