Just last week, before we saw the 2005 video of Donald Trump laughing about grabbing women without their consent, he was trying to dismiss his long record of misogyny as nothing more than a joke. But no one is laughing — because there is nothing funny about Trump’s attacks on women. 

Shot:

"A lot of that was done for the purpose of entertainment, there's nobody that has more respect for women than I do," he said.

Chaser:

The release of a video Friday showing Trump’s sexist remarks in 2005 has created a firestorm of controversy that threatens to derail his campaign. But an ongoing USA TODAY investigation of Trump’s 4,000-plus lawsuits shows that he and his companies have been accused for years of mistreating women. Allegations outlined in at least 20 separate lawsuits accuse Trump and managers at his companies of discriminating against women, ignoring sexual harassment complaints and even participating in the harassment themselves.

The truth is that a Trump-Pence administration would have devastating consequences for women and for the country— and that’s no joke.