After an audio tape leaked Thursday of Trump talking about groping married women everyone in the world has been trying to run from Trump. He’s lost the endorsement of almost every Republican in the country, and his corpse is in free fall.
Yesterday Mike Pence suffered the consequences of being associated with a man like Trump. It was “mainly” speculation yesterday, but now CNN has confirmed the rumors. Pence wants out of Trump’s campaign.
Here’s what happened yesterday:
Trump was supposed to attend a rally with the top Republican in the country Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin Saturday. Paul Ryan uninvited Trump, then Pence was supposed to attend. As the scandal grew more severe and the calls for Trump to drop out of the race grew more loud Mike Pence announced he was no longer going to attend that rally Saturday. The news came that he was “beside himself” after hearing the tape, and his wife was “furious”. The Pence’s are devout Christians, and this doesn’t play well into Mike’s image as a “family values” guy.
Then Mike pence took to Twitter to make an official statement responding to the tape, this while hiding from the media and likely considering his options.
Pence just issued the following statement:
My statement below: pic.twitter.com/92VYEAxIcl
— Mike Pence (@mike_pence) October 8, 2016
Then it became more severe, Mike Pence is off the campaign trail, officially.
Mike Pence’s campaign schedule has been removed from the Trump campaign website, meaning, he has no plans on the books to campaign for Trump any further.
Now, CNN confirms in a story last night:
One of the scenarios being played out by GOP party elders is convincing Pence to leave the ticket. Vin Weber, a former Jeb Bush supporter, says he would “absolutely” call for Pence to leave the ticket as a way to put “immeasurable pressure” on Trump to leave the race.
“Pence is the anchor that keeps Trump in the race,” so without him it would be over for the candidate, Weber said.
CNN: Sources reporting that Pence is considering dropping out of the race. pic.twitter.com/obmxWBoWGb
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) October 9, 2016
So, as of the early morning hours in Sunday Trump is still in the race, but this can only last so long. With the Presidential Debate scheduled for this evening the only direction Trump can move before then is down, and it’s unlikely he will be able to keep his cool during the debate, with his entire “new life” in politics crashing down around him.
Watch for any of the following to happen:
-Paul Ryan pulls Trump endorsement
-Mike Pence withdraws as VP (takes family time, whatever)
— And, there is actually nothing else. John McCain and dozens of other Republicans have already jumped off the Trump train. Meanwhile, Trump told Ben Carson that he knows the Clinton campaign has even more tapes, and he’s going to stay in the race.
Notwithstanding, the fact of the matter is that Trump’s brand is “winning”, it doesn’t work out that well for Trump to lose. If there is an option for Trump to exit gracefully and the polls show that a viable alternative is likely to win the election, it offers Trump a way out that will conform with his grand ego. If he can take credit for a Presidential win and turn his campaign into a profitable business, it’s better than staying in – disgraced.
Trump didn’t hire Steve Bannon the Former Chairman of Breitbart and Roger Ailes the Former Chairman of Fox News for nothing. While Trump’s world view and inner circle allow him to be insulated from reality to an almost shocking degree, Trump does have a knack for survival. Watch for the easy out.