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Several Five Thirty Eight staffers got together to talk about Donald Trump’s comments about sex assault and the reaction to them. blythe (Blythe Terrell, senior editor): We’re coming off an eventful weekend in the presidential election.

On Friday, we saw the release of a tape in which Republican nominee Donald Trump brags about being able to get away with sexual assault — saying, “And when you’re a star, they let you do it.” And then says, “Grab them by the pussy.” In this case, Trump was speaking into a mic in a TV show van and apparently didn’t realize he was being recorded.

Bush did nothing on the tape to change the course of the conversation or push back against Trump.

maggiekb (Maggie Koerth-Baker, senior science writer): I’ve had really conflicting thoughts about this.

christie: It’s striking to me that this was not a locker room and he was not among a group of friends.

This was a professional setting, they were two grown men and the purpose here seems to be to self-aggrandization. He was with Billy Bush, who was on “Access Hollywood” at the time and is now on NBC’s “Today” show (he’s been suspended).

christie: Wow, I’m disturbed by the idea that the video could give someone a positive feeling.

It speaks to the fact that sexism is not some feminist fantasy. The party organization was OK with Trump’s comments as long as he was attacking people who mostly don’t vote Republican anyway.

colleen: To Maggie’s point, Native American women’s assault is facilitated by the fact that it’s almost impossible to prosecute rapists who commit the crime on reservations.