It’s hard to imagine a more disastrous week for a presidential candidate than the seven days that Donald Trump just endured.
A succession of PR nightmares was topped off by yet another heavily criticized debate performance, and prognosticators like Nate Silver are now declaring that a Hillary Clinton victory in November is a virtual certainty.
Republicans across the country openly condemned Trump following the release of footage in which he appears to boast about acts of sexual assault, and several party leaders have called for the real estate mogul to drop out of the race for the White House.
Not surprisingly, Trump says he would never consider such a move, even as his support base continues to dwindle.
Of course, Trump famously bragged that he could shoot a man in broad daylight without alienating his key demographic, and indeed, it seems that many of his supporters will stand by him no matter how egregious his words or actions.
Naturally, that group includes Trump’s children, the eldest three of whom are in the unenviable position of attempting to explain away their father’s increasingly bizarre scandals.
While it didn’t grab as many headlines as Trump’s 2005 conversation with Billy Bush, a remark that Trump made in a 2004 interview with Howard Stern resurfaced over the weekend and caused many to shake their heads in disbelief at the fact that this man is in the running for the highest office in the land.
In response to Stern’s description of Trump’s daughter Ivanka as "a piece of ass," the Donald replied simply, "Yeah."
Trump’s band of apologists made the rounds on social media and the Sunday morning talk shows in an effort to justify the remark, and Ivanka herself made a subtle but downright baffling move on Twitter.
The 34-year-old appears to have "favorited" a tweet from the Huffington Post that accused her father of claiming that "it’s OK" to refer to his daughter as "a piece of ass."
We can only guess at what would prompt Ivanka to publicly express her approval of such a damaging article, but it’s a rare misstep from the most media savvy member of the Trump family.
Interestingly, she’s not the only Trump daughter who’s garnered hesadlines for her strange relationship with her father in the past 24 hours.
Last night’s debate concluded with this awkward encounter between Donald and his youngest daughter, 22-year-old Tiffany Trump.
Naturally, the Internet had a field day with Trump’s affections being publicly rejected by his daughter.
But if you’re Donald Trump, such a snub doesn’t even make the top ten list for your most embarrassing moments of the week.