“I’d never withdraw. I’ve never withdrawn in my life,” Trump told The Washington Post Saturday morning. “No, I’m not quitting. I have tremendous support.” —The proper response is: “If it is what is best for the country, then yes I would withdraw. However, I do not believe that is what is best for the country.” While I do believe he is toxic, at least that response would show a bit of acknowledgement about the seriousness of what he said, and has said.

“They’re not going to make me quit, and they can’t make me quit,” Trump told the Post. —Again, me, me, me.

“I do not condone his remarks and cannot defend them. I am grateful that he has expressed remorse and apologized to the American people. We pray for his family and look forward to the opportunity he has to show what is in his heart when he goes before the nation tomorrow night.” —The past 16 months have shown us his heart, and that is not his best quality. The release of the tapes and his response just confirms that it is as bad as we thought. Also, I am still waiting for the remorse and actual apology.

“Running against her, I can’t say it’d be the same if I ran against someone else, but running against her makes it a lot easier, that’s for sure,” Trump said in the Saturday morning interview. —This is the slightest acknowledgement that he knows no one else could get away with this.

And he also said of the 2005 comments that “people get it. They get life.” —Again, this shows that he does not have remorse. That he still thinks that his comments are understandable given the circumstances shows that he is clueless. And yes, people can change, but when your actions and words for the past 16months have shown us that change, if any, hasn’t been enough.

“Zero chance. I’ve never quit in my life,” Trump said. “I can give you my word that I’m never leaving.” —me, me, me, me. What’s in his heart? An enchanted mirror that reminds him every day that there is no one as great as he.

Lord, I pray for this man. I pray that he would come to understand empathy and humanity. I pray for the men that continue to excuse mysogyny and degradation of women. I pray for the women that justify this behavior and excuse it as harmless talk and to be expected. Let this not be our expectation. Give us hope to change and to love each other as beloved souls and cherished children of God. Amen.