First of all, I did not say I was a Hillary supporter, or that she should be excused for any wrong doings that she's committed.
Second of all, while yes, character does matter to me, the problem with Trump goes far beyond "locker room talk" or being "brash".
That he is racist? Look at what he has said, his endless stream of comments putting down various races and religions. His history of discriminating against black people as both a landlord and an employer. His policies, from building the wall, to forcing registration of Muslims. There is a very good reason why white supremacist groups backed him throughout his campaign. (And note that Trump did not disavow this support, but encouraged it, and even named one as a delegate.)
That he is sexist? This is not based on a single comment on a stupid tape. Look at how he talks about women, his wife, his daughter. His fat shaming of a beauty pageant contestant. What women say about how he talks to them. How he treats them. He has a long track record of completely blatant sexism.
As for cutthroat business practices? The man's gone bankrupt multiple times, and has ripped off investors and contractors left right and center. It's a wonder anyone does business with him any more. It isn't just that he's ruthless and cares about no-one but his own self (which would be bad enough for a country), it's that he is incompetent. He started wealthy, lost tons of money, got bailed out by Daddy, and lost tons more money. Maybe he had some fleeting moments where his profits seemed high, but mostly he was just lying about his numbers, reporting gross instead of net, and the like.
Hardly what I'd call savvy business practices.
Sigh! It's funny how things that seem so obvious to some of us are just not seen by others. The propaganda machine is alive and well, and I think it's difficult for people to distinguish truth from fiction. For example, people that believe the economy has gotten worse over the last eight years when all the data shows the opposite is true. Do they even remember the recession and housing crash under Bush?
Trump's history of racist behaviour is an open record as you have mentioned, not to mention his constant re-tweeting of white supremacists and tweeting of false statistics on minority groups that have their origin in neo-nazi websites. His campaign lead was the former head of Breitbart news for crying out loud - an organization that does not hide the fact that it is the "voice of the alt-right." Now, I actually respect (yes, wait till I make my point) the white nationalist, KKK and other supremacist groups that have come out in support of Trump - because they are open about their agenda. They don't pretend to care about equality, tolerance etc. They have an agenda of their own and it's good that we now know just how many of them are out there. It's people who want to argue that Trump's behaviour isn't racist when it is that I find problematic. I think the most people could argue is that: "yes, he is a racist, and sexist but those are not issues that are priorities to me." Of course, I find that deeply disturbing and scary for our society but people are all entitled to their own beliefs (just not their own facts).
The thing though is that people need to justify their own racist behaviour/attitudes (no one wants to think they are a bad person) hence there always has to be some kind of rationalizing of why you dislike or despise a certain group. Remember comments from Trump like "People tell me that I am the least racist person they know." Who has conversations like that? This is also a man who said on a debate stage that one of the things that showed how committed he is to equality is that he allowed people of all backgrounds into one of his establishments? This is 2016 not 1950.
Another morally repugnant thing to me was bragging about not paying taxes. I actually believe paying your fair share of taxes is a moral obligation that we all have to contribute to a functioning society. Believe it or not, I don't try to be "smart" by cheating on my taxes and I would never teach my kids that that was a smart or virtuous thing to do. I am happy to contribute to roads, bridges, public service, and yes - programs that that help kids in poverty to get out of it & I would like a leader that believes the same thing.
Finally, when someone offers simple solutions to complicated problems it worries me that they have no clue what they are doing and are lying to people. It's really, really, really, sad that a lot of people have been left behind in today's economy but these issues are not because "Trade deals are bad and our government doesn't know how to negotiate and Trump is the only one who can fix it" Please. Can you undo all the technologies that took away so many manufacturing jobs? People around the world lost jobs to technology not just Americans. One of the solutions is to actually educate and train people for the new jobs that are becoming available - (e.g., they can fix, repair, program machines). Yet the same people want to gut education funding and promote anti-scientific approaches in classrooms. If you aren't pushing for more education and want to remain militantly ignorant - then you are going to be left behind. For example, if you are a climate change denier, you aren't going to be training folk for the new jobs coming up in alternative energy industry.
As a capitalist, why do you think you are entitled to have jobs stay in your country versus have the company move to give jobs to citizens of other countries who have the same/better skills and can do it cheaper? Trump himself broke the law to use Chinese steel instead of US steel for his construction because it was cheaper. Many of his products (and his daughter's company's products) are made in China because it is cheaper and allows them greater profit. But somehow this is the guy working class people think will save them? At least Bernie was open that he is a socialist - because capitalism puts profit first ahead of people. Of course, socialism is a dirty, dirty, word in America.
I get economic frustration and anti-establishment feelings but this feels like biting off your nose to spite your face. Of course, Trump is now busy appointing all sorts of track-record lobbyists and shady crooks and climate-change deniers to run his government.
Anyway, just my two cents - so so so sad that the world is so badly divided that we can't even agree on the facts - and work together to fix things - because ultimately, we all have a lot of the same problems and are pissed about a lot of the same things. It's just who we choose to blame for them, that's different.