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Andy Schmookler: When you’re a star, you can do anything

We should have known what we were getting when we heard Donald Trump declare, on the Hollywood Access video: “When you’re a star, you can do anything.”

It is now clear that this captured more than just what he was boasting he could get away with doing to women. It’s his attitude across the board: Because he’s such a big shot, the usual rules don’t apply to him.

When you’re as big a deal as Trump, he apparently thinks, you can do anything.

Memorably, Trump himself sized up the mentality of his supporters, during the campaign, this way: “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I would not lose any voters.”

The evidence suggests he was right. Even after all the mounting evidence of Trump’s having betrayed our country with the Russians, and even after what presidential historian Douglas Brinkley has called the “most failed” beginning of a presidency in American history, a mere 3% of those who voted for Trump regret it.

With them, it seems, he is such a star that he really can do anything.

Column by Andy Schmookler