Trump’s midnight non-apology for his predatory and misogynist 2005 words was analyzed by a mainstream reporter here, but what I found more enlightening were the thoughts of a Twitter user named Leah McElrath, who went through Trump's statement phrase by phrase to show how it follows the patterns of an abuser:
Trump's statement is an eerie replica of psychological manipulations made by abusers after episodes of abuse. Let's break it down.I hope that's all I'll have to say about the current Trump implosion. It won't be the last, I'm sure.
1. "I'm not perfect" = you're expectations that I behave like a human being are unreasonable.
2. "I've never pretended to be someone I'm not" = you fell in love with me so it's your fault.
3. "this more than decade-old video" = it was a long time ago, why the fuss? you're so unreasonable.
4. "these words do not reflect who I am" = the reality you just experienced didn't actually happen (gaslighting)
5. "I said it...I apologize" = get over it already, I *said* I'm sorry, you're being hysterical.
6. "I've...my...me...I...I've...me...I...I..." = it's all about me; your needs, feelings, existence don't matter.
7. "grieving mothers...laid off workers..." = what are you complaining about? you have it good compared to others.
8. "I pledge to be a better man tomorrow and will never let you down" = I'm sorry I hit you, it'll never happen again.
9. "Let's be honest" = you're not being honest.
10. "We're living in the real world" = I'm sane and you're crazy.
11. "This is nothing more than a distraction from the important issues" = see what you did?! this is all your fault!
12. "we are less safe...Hillary..." = if you only held up your end of the relationship, I wouldn't have to hurt you.
13. "I've said some foolish things, but..." = you're being hysterical over nothing again, you're so crazy.
14. “[Bill Clinton has] actually abused" = the abuse you experienced wasn't *really* abuse.
15. "We will discuss this more...See you...on Sunday" = I'm in control here, not you (with menacing implied threat)
Trump ends his statement of "apology" for bragging about sexually assaulting women with a promise to attack yet another woman more viciously.
McElrath's entire string of tweets can be found on Storify.