Trump's 'Access Hollywood' unmasking and the searing power of video to shape the historic moment

October 14, 2016 10:01 AM

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Everyone thought they knew Donald Trump. We’ve heard the stories, the blustery asides. A brash ornament in our celebrity-driven culture, he’s devoured the spotlight for decades. But it was a hot mike and video clip on a bus that exposed him, as if for the first time, in the unfiltered glare of public opinion.

Scoured of spin before a nation in disbelief, his degrading comments about women portrayed him as a sexual predator, made more unseemly by the schoolboyish laughter from sidekick Billy Bush. The video distilled Trump’s essence with the force of gravity. It was fitting, some would say ironic, that th...

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