He’d Be in Jail: If Trump’s Words Were Actions

Over the weekend the news cycle was dominated by the release of Donald Trump and Billy Bush’s 2005 lewd “hot mic” conversation. For the sake of argument let’s assume someone actually engaged in the conduct Trump describes on the tape. And, as Days of Our Lives, where the infamous Access Hollywood bus was ferrying Trump and Bush, is filmed in California, Trump would be subject to that state’s law, rather than his native and home New York’s. The first thing Trump described was being automatically attracted to beautiful women and kissing them without obtaining their consent. That’s simple battery, a violation of Penal Code section 242. Contrary to popular perception, a battery can occur any time there is an ‘unwanted or offensive touching.’  Simple battery doesn’t… read more →