GOP Rats Flee Sinking Ship As USS Trump-Pence Goes Down In Flames – Here’s The List So Far (VIDEO, TWEETS)
The last 24 hours have been a bloodbath for Donald Trump, ever since The Washington Post dropped a video in which the Republican vice presidential nominee can be heard and seen describing women’s body parts in disgusting and vulgar fashion.
Trump’s campaign has that sinking feeling
Dozens of Republicans across the country have condemned Trump’s comments, following the release of the 2005 video. Some are pulling their support and canceling their endorsements of the real estate mogul, and their ranks are swelling.
Yes indeed, the GOP Faithful are fleeing
Some of the faithful include:
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenneger
As proud as I am to label myself a Republican, there is one label that I hold above all else – American. My full statement: pic.twitter.com/biRvY8S3aZ
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) October 8, 2016
This is interesting when you consider that Schwarzenegger ran into problems for allegedly groping women in 2003. Hypocrite much, Arnold?
Onward to more of the faithful:
Arizona Sen. John McCain
Statement from John McCain withdrawing support of Donald Trump. https://t.co/vppY30Tgpg
— Team McCain (@TeamMcCain) October 8, 2016
A number of Republicans are requesting that Trump step down in favor of Mike Pence. Here’s a few who are delusional enough to think Pence stands a chance against Hillary Clinton:
Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan
Im calling on Trump to step aside for Gov. Pence. Trump can’t lead on critical issue of ending dom violence & sexual assault. Full statement pic.twitter.com/e47h6MAdmH
— SenDanSullivan (@SenDanSullivan) October 8, 2016
Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner
If Donald Trump wishes to defeat Hillary Clinton, he should do the only thing that will allow us to do so – step aside. My full statement: pic.twitter.com/hadKP4gIrr
— Cory Gardner (@CoryGardner) October 8, 2016
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard
Enough is enough. Donald Trump should withdraw in favor of Governor Mike Pence. This election is too important.
— Gov. Dennis Daugaard (@SDGovDaugaard) October 8, 2016
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo
I can no longer endorse Donald Trump. Read my full statement: pic.twitter.com/lfa9mYZbdC
— Senator Mike Crapo (@MikeCrapo) October 8, 2016
The rest of the list includes:
- Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
- Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski
- South Dakota Sen. John Thune
- Nevada Rep. Joe Heck
- Businesswoman Carly Fiorina
- Utah Sen. Mike Lee
- Utah Gov. Gary Herbert
- Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman
- Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz
- Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk
- Former New York Gov. George Pataki
- Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse
- West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito
- Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake
- Alabama Rep. Martha Roby
- Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock
- Radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt
- Utah Rep. Mia Love
- Rob Engstrom, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President
Indeed, more than three dozen Republicans have rescinded their endorsements or have urged their supporters not to vote for him. This includes New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who never endorsed Trump to begin with.
Kasich didn’t think Trump was a suitable candidate to begin with
“Nothing that has happened in the last 48 hours is surprising to me or many others,” Kasich said, in reference to the video.
“Many people were angry and questioned why I would not endorse Donald Trump or attend the Republican Convention,” he said. “I’ve long had concerns with Donald Trump that go beyond his temperament. We have substantive policy differences on conservative issues like trade, our relationship with Russia, and the importance of balancing the federal budget.”
Kasich said he’d hoped Trump would change his position on these issues, but that didn’t transpire. He added that he encouraged him to “change his behavior for the better and offer a positive, inclusive vision for our country, but he has not.”
“It’s clear that he hasn’t changed and has no interest in doing so,” Kasich said. “As a result, Donald Trump is a man I cannot and should not support. The actions of the last day are disgusting, but that’s not why I reached this decision, it has been an accumulation of his words and actions that many have been warning about. I will not vote for a nominee who has behaved in a manner that reflects so poorly on our country.
“Our country deserves better.”
John McCain loses patience
And McCain, who put up with Trump’s crappy criticism about his being a prisoner of war and his doing next to nothing for veterans, has also finally thrown in the towel and walked back his endorsement.
“I thought it important I respect the fact that Donald Trump won a majority of the delegates by the rules our party set,” McCain said in a statement to POLITICO. “I thought I owed his supporters that deference. But Donald Trump’s behavior this week, concluding with the disclosure of his demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults, make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy.”
And McCain brought up issues that other Republicans didn’t mention in their statements rescinding their support of Trump. The Arizona Sen. targeted Trump’s stubborn insistence that the five men in New York who were accused of a 1989 rape were guilty even after they were exonerated.
“Just this week, he made outrageous statements about the innocent men in the Central Park Five case,” McCain noted. “There are no excuses for Donald Trump’s offensive and demeaning comments in the just released video; no woman should ever be victimized by this kind of inappropriate behavior. He alone bears the burden of his conduct and alone should suffer the consequences.”
But Trump is a stubborn fool
Even with his campaign in free-fall, Trump says he has no intention of dropping out of the race.
“I’d never withdraw,” he told The Washington Post. “I’ve never withdrawn in my life … No. I’m not quitting this race. I have tremendous support.”
He said he also intends to take part in Sunday’s debate against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. USA Today notes that it’s not clear how, or even if, Trump could withdraw, were he so inclined. Some states have already printed ballots with his name on them, while other states have begun early voting.
The GOP rats are in panic mode, but by nominating Trump, they have no one to blame for this but themselves.
Frankly, I have trouble understanding how Trump can even show his face at the debate, in light of all this.
But that’s me.
John Lennon sings about the rats leaving the “magic ship” in the video below. I’m quite sure he would think it is “Cleanup Time” for Donald Trump.
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