Two of the least popular presidential candidates in US history had words they hoped would never be heard exposed in leaks last week.
Most damaging was a 2005 recording of Donald Trump, now Republican candidate, disgustingly bragging that his celebrity status enabled him to sexually assault women.
It provoked widespread outrage, both real and hypocritical. Leading Republicans who had never wanted to accept Trump as the party’s candidate tested the water for dropping him.
The party’s 2008 candidate John McCain said he would spoil his ballot. House leader Paul Ryan cancelled a rally appearance and said he would not campaign for Trump.
Interim Ukip leader Nigel Farage, who in June scaremongered about refugees groping women, shrugged off Trump’s “alpha male boasting”.
But while Trump had to look across the Atlantic for politicians to support him, some 74 percent of Republican voters wanted to stand by him, a poll on Saturday found.
He pledged to jail her if elected over a series of scandals and cover-ups.
Trump’s toxic sexism did help Clinton by distracting from a leak of her own that should have been deeply damaging in its own right.
The Wikileaks website released tens of thousands of emails, including transcripts of speeches made for cash behind closed doors at corporate events.
Tax returns show her minimum fee was £200,000 for a speech.
Clinton explained to big landlords’ lobbyist the National Multifamily Housing Council that, “politics is like sausage being made. It is unsavoury, and it always has been that way.”
That means that “if everybody’s watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least.
“So, you need both a public and a private position.”
In Sunday’s debate Clinton publicly called for a no-fly zone over Syria. She privately told Goldman Sachs in 2013, that means “you’re going to kill a lot of Syrians”.
When campaigning in public she said the banks wrecked the economy, should face more regulations and have their influence over politics.
In private at other Goldman Sachs events she said they weren’t to blame and should draw up the regulations themselves.
In a September 2014 speech to law firm Robbins, Gellar, Rudman & Dowd Clinton said, “When I was a senator from New York, I represented and worked with so many talented people who made their living in finance.”
Clinton noted that she “did all I could to make sure they continued to prosper.”
The emails underline the need to build resistance to her pro-boss, pro-war agenda if Clinton wins.