The fallout from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s secretly recorded comments made in 2005, where he described gleefully his ability to sexually assault women and “grab ’em by the pus*y” while avoiding any repercussion due to his wealth and fame, continues to grow. Senate Republican leadership are becoming exceedingly nervous that Trump will drag down the entire party and they are weighing the benefits and detriments to distancing themselves from their party’s standard bearer.
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IF Senate GOP leaders were to move away from Trump, it would signal their own weakness for endorsing him in the first place. If those same leaders choose to stand by Trump they will appear to condone his horrible comments, and therefore hurt their own chances at election. The question for them becomes how do they best protect their space in congress, while essentially conceding that Hillary Clinton is going to be the next President of the United States.
Sen. John McCain, the former Republican presidential nominee, said of Trump:
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.
While McCain took the step to rescind his endorsement of Trump, other Republicans are taking the step to condemn Trump’s words while still standing by him. The top Republican in the senate, Mitch McConnell, the Majority Leader, called Trump’s audio recording “repugnant and unacceptable.” He, however, did not lift his endorsement.
The time has come for all Republicans to draw their line in the sand. They can either admit to having bad judgment or they can admit to supporting a sexist. Either is a poison pill, but one may not be as detrimental as the other.