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"Well, it happened in the middle of the campaign last year, John," he replied. "And the American people had their say on that as well."

Meanwhile, on Fox News, MediaBuzz host Howard Kurtz questioned why the media would "resurrect" allegations against Trump in the first place.

"He's called these women horrible liars. There's certainly a debate about whether they should be believed," Kurtz said. "There's about a dozen of them. But we had an election after that. And he won."

To hear Trump apologists tell it, the 2016 election exonerated its victor not only of any past sexual misdeeds, but also of every possible transgression or broken norm.

Such as not releasing his tax returns.

On Sunday, on NBC's "Meet the Press," White House budget director Mick Mulvaney was asked why anyone should believe Trump when he claims the Republican tax agenda will raise his tax bills, since the public still has no idea what Trump's current taxes look like.

 

Mulvaney ducked the question.

"I can't speak to the president's taxes. I think that was sort of litigated by the American public during the election," he said, echoing language that White House aide Kellyanne Conway has used on this subject.

These excuses are both dumb and dangerous.

Dumb because, well, if the American electorate was indeed serving as jury last year, its verdict was not exactly unanimous. Or even in the right direction, for Republicans' purposes.

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