As a rule a man should never apologize to a woman. Apologies are seen as weak, and it’s better for women to think you’re too strong than to think you’re too weak. Yet Trump presents a lot of exceptions you don’t see often.
Redemption is a third act solution in novels. A bad boy can go good after some revelation or realization. In novels and other stories people are waiting for the lovable bad boy to become good, or at least not-bad.
An “apology” (Trump would not say, “I’m sorry” directly or beg for forgiveness) allows him to smuggle in a rhetorical point.
Scott Adams said this yesterday, leading to a healthy disagreement online:
Trump: I apologize to women for all the offensive things I’ve said in the past. I’m an equal-opportunity offender, but I understand the sensitivity when it crosses gender, and I apologize to women for that. No one respects women more than Donald Trump.
(Sincere apologies are persuasive.)
Trump: And I call on Hillary Clinton to do the same, and apologize for her mistreatment of the women her husband abused.
Trump wouldn’t be asking for forgiveness, which is what makes a apology status-losing proposition.
When you apologize, you put yourself at the mercy of another person to accept it. Men who apologize to women are viewed as weak, leading to women to view them with contempt.
People who demand apologies almost never do so in good faith. They are like sharks seeing blood in the water. It’s always better to error on the side of not apologizing, especially to liberals.
However, Trump would be making an apology to direct focus towards Hillary’s abominable treatment of women.
Trump wins this apology game because Trump has posted some mean Tweets where as Hillary has destroyed the lives of women.
That said, I don’t think Trump apologizes. Nor does he need to.
This would be far more effective:
Imagine this: Trump is on stage. He brings out Juanita Broaddrick to tell how Hillary covered up Bill's rapes. It's over.
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) April 28, 2016
Trump has already begun brining out moms on stage at his rallies. These moms lost their children to crimes committed by illegal immigrants.
Moms are women, and moms actually vote.
Trump brought moms on stage during his OC rally. I was there. This was a prelude to his outreach to women. You'll see more of this.
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) May 4, 2016
If you think my philosophy of not apologizing makes me a terrible person, don’t read my book as you’ll become more like me.