Archive for Saturday, October 8, 2016

After lewd recording denigrating women, Trump vows to press on as GOP calls grow for him to quit

October 8, 2016


NEW YORK — A defiant Donald Trump insisted Saturday he would "never" abandon his White House bid, rejecting a growing backlash from Republican leaders across the nation who disavowed the GOP's presidential nominee after he was caught on tape bragging about predatory advances on women.

Trump's own running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, declared he could neither condone nor defend Trump's remarks, which sparked widespread panic inside Trump Tower and throughout the Republican Party with early voting already underway exactly one month before Election Day.

"We pray for his family," Pence said in a statement after canceling a Wisconsin appearance scheduled with House Speaker Paul Ryan and the Republican National Committee chairman, Reince Priebus, both of whom had condemned Trump's remarks the day before but stopped short of withdrawing support altogether. The furor places enormous pressure on Trump to try to tamp down a crisis sure to spill into Sunday night's presidential debate.

Even as the fallout deepened fractures in a party already torn about Trump, many remained loyal to the political outsider.

Wisconsin voter Jean Stanley donned a shirt proclaiming "Wisconsin Women Love Trump" and called Ryan a "traitor" for denouncing the presidential contender's comments.

"He's a real human," Stanley said of the New York businessman, surrounded by Trump supporters at the Wisconsin rally where he and Pence were scheduled to appear before the videotape emerged.

Ryan and Priebus did not join a chorus of GOP officeholders from Utah to Alabama to New Hampshire who decided the former reality television star's bombshell was too much to take. More than a dozen Republicans — senators, congressmen and sitting governors — announced Saturday they would not vote for Trump. Many went farther and called on him to quit the race altogether.

"I thought supporting the nominee was the best thing for our country and our party," Alabama Rep. Martha Roby said in a statement. "Now, it is abundantly clear that the best thing for our country and our party is for Trump to step aside and allow a responsible, respectable Republican to lead the ticket."

His party in chaos, Trump spent Saturday with a close circle of advisers in his campaign's midtown Manhattan headquarters.

Most of his staff and network of supporters were left in the dark about the fast-moving developments. Conference calls were canceled and prominent supporters were given no guidance about how to respond to the explosive development, according to a person close to the Trump operation. The person insisted on anonymity, lacking the authority to discuss internal campaign matters publicly.

Trump addressed the dire situation on Saturday with a light-hearted tweet: "Certainly has been an interesting 24 hours!"

He later tweeted he would not yield the GOP nomination under any circumstances: "The media and establishment want me out of the race so badly - I WILL NEVER DROP OUT OF THE RACE, WILL NEVER LET MY SUPPORTERS DOWN!"

The political firestorm was sparked by a 2005 video obtained and released Friday by The Washington Post and NBC News. In the video, Trump, who was married to his current wife at the time, is heard describing attempts to have sex with a married woman. He also brags about women letting him kiss them and grab their genitals because he is famous.

"When you're a star they let you do it. You can do anything," Trump says in the video. He adds seconds later: "Grab them by the p----. You can do anything." He said of his impulse to kiss beautiful women: "I don't even wait."

He apologized in a video statement released by his campaign after midnight early Saturday morning.

Melania Trump said she hoped people would accept her husband's apology "as I have."

Trump said, "I was wrong and I apologize," but also defiantly dismissed the revelations as "nothing more than a distraction" from a decade ago. Foreshadowing a likely attack in Sunday night's presidential debate, he also suggested that rival Hillary Clinton has committed greater sins against women.

"I've said some foolish things," Trump said. "But there's a big difference between the words and actions of other people. Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims."

While still publicly backing Trump, the Republican National Committee is considering how to move forward.

One possibility: re-directing its expansive political operation away from Trump and toward helping vulnerable Senate and House candidates. Such a move would leave Trump with virtually no political infrastructure in swing states to identify his supporters and ensure they vote.

The latest Trump drama forced vulnerable Republican candidates to answer a painful question: Even if they condemn Trump's vulgar comments, will they still vote for him?

The answer was No for a growing number of GOP officeholders, including at least two sitting governors, six senators and a half dozen congressmen.

"I'm a mom and an American first, and I cannot and will not support a candidate for president who brags about degrading and assaulting women," New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte said. "I will not be voting for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton and instead will be writing in Gov. Pence for president on Election Day."

South Dakota Sen. John Thune, a member of the Senate Republican leadership team, offered a sharp rebuke as well: "Donald Trump should withdraw and Mike Pence should be our nominee effective immediately."

Nevada Senate candidate Joe Heck said he was withdrawing his support: "I can no longer look past this pattern of behavior and inappropriate comments from Donald Trump."

And Republican Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho revoked his endorsement: "This is not a decision that I have reached lightly, but his pattern of behavior left me no choice."

Election law experts suggest it would be logistically impossible to replace Trump on the ballot altogether, with early voting underway in some states and overseas ballots already distributed to military servicemen and others.

Ryan fundraising chief Spencer Zwick, however, said he's been fielding calls from donors who "want help putting money together to fund a new person to be the GOP nominee."

Zwick told The Associated Press that a write-in or "sticker campaign" relying on social media could "actually work." While there has never been a winning write-in campaign in a U.S. presidential contest, such an effort could make it harder for Trump to win.

The release of the videotape and ensuing backlash almost completely overshadowed the release of hacked emails from inside the Hillary Clinton campaign that revealed the contents of some of her previously secret paid speeches to Wall Street.

The Democratic nominee told bankers behind closed doors that she favored "open trade and open borders" and said Wall Street executives were best-positioned to help overhaul the U.S. financial sector. Such comments were distinctively at odds with her tough talk about trade and Wall Street during the primary campaign.

Republican strategist Terry Sullivan, who previously led Marco Rubio's presidential campaign, predicted Trump's defeat.

"It's over," Sullivan said. "The only good news is that in 30 days Trump will be back to being just a former reality TV star like the Kardashians, and Republican candidates across America will no longer be asked to respond to his stupid remarks."


Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 4 months ago

For those too young to remember Richard Nixon (he used to be President of the United States, was Eisenhower's vice president) this is pretty much what it is all about today. The only difference is that this "candidate" has not yet been elected (And God help us if he is)(And he WILL be selected by Kansas Republican voters). But Republican leaders have indicated that they will willingly watch this candidacy go down the toilet and drag the Republican Party with it.

Nixon was involved in what at that time was one of the most odious scandals that has ever befallen a President in office. He finally resigned in disgrace. What is churning around now will make Nixon pale in oblivion if it goes on much longer.

We have an opportunity to avoid a similar situation possibly much more serous and dangerous given the state of international affairs by rejecting this horrible and disgusting apparition that has reared his ugly head In American politics. There will be those who hate the black, Muslim, non-citizen President of the United States (According to Mr. Trump, as you remember) who will continue to support and laud this candidate because of Hillary Clinton's association with President Obama. But it is my fervent hope that now, since the "real" Donald Trump has immerged from the depths of degradation that enough of voters will be shaken into some sort of reason and soundly defeat and destroy this horror that has befallen our great country.

Calvin Anders 1 year, 4 months ago

Fred, I do think Trump is horrible and his possible Presidency would be a disaster, but let's not conflate misogynistic comments with conspiracy to commit burglary in order to rig a Presidential election and then obstruct the investigation. We should hold Trump accountable for possible fraud (Trump University) and violations of charity and campaign finance laws (Trump foundation). We should also judge him for his blatant lies and horrendous racial bigotry and misogyny. But so far, Nixon's crimes are in a different league. Hyperbole is not the way to go here. Trump's actions don't need to be exaggerated. Objectively, he is unfit to hold the office.

Bob Summers 1 year, 4 months ago

Objective Liberal speculation Trump is unfit.

Clinton on the other hand has proved she is unfit.

Observe, the Liberal web site Politifact scrambling to blame her handing over uranium to Putin, on anyone or anything but her. It's kinda cute.

Don't get me wrong. I do think she is perfect for people like you. She is your truth to power.


Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 4 months ago

Well Randolf, your -point is well made. There are significant differences in Nixon's "crimes" and in the "crimes" of sexual assault that Mr. Trump seems to think is appropriate to advertise and advocate to his peers I take your suggestion that his actions need don't need to be exaggerated. Somehow though, I do ot regard my observations as "hyperbole", My main issue is that he is not even a legitimate candidate because of the flawed election process used I the primaries. There was much made of how he received the "most" votes, but with a bloated field of 10 or 12 candidates, the vote that he did NOT received tells the tale. People have jumped on me for pointing this out, but runoff elections are very common in these sort of circumstances in elections and someone, some where, some how should have stood up and said "We are not doing this correctly. 25 to 35 percent of a vote count is NOT any sort of a majority for such an important decision as to who should be the nominee of a major political party. But we are now stuck with this candidate and the flaws of the selection process are clearly apparent.

Steve Jacob 1 year, 4 months ago

Trump got the most votes, he earned the nomination. Looks at the April 26 primaries. He got at least 54% in all five states in a three man race.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 year, 4 months ago

As a woman, Randolf, I disagree. I think his apparent approval and practice of sexual harassment is every bit as bad as breaking and entering to rig a campaign.

Michael Kort 1 year, 4 months ago

Well,........does this mean that Donald Trunp will no longer be on Kris Kobacks "FRIENDS LIST" ? ? ?


Of course, The Donald may be in need of some serious Stealth Libertarian "CON"-SERVE-THEM-SELVES-Republican-Spiritual-Counseling................and isn't that what God invented Sam Browniback for ( to be a self proclaimed "spiritual advisor" to Donald Trump ) ? ? ?........WHO MADE THIS STUFF UP ? ? ? ! ! !

How about this for spiritual advise ? ........... lie really fast......point out the sins of others, when you get caught....... or just make up a sinful something, about another to distract........ never admit anything ( unless you are caught on tape )......... and even when caught on tape then,........ blame it on the media, who is out to get you, to take you down politically ! )

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 year, 4 months ago

Seriously? Killing children? Want to tell us what your lord and master's foundation has done? Oh yeah, bought some sports collectable, paid off a politician, bought approval of a business venture, and most importantly bough a huge portrait of the man himself.

"How well respected is the Clinton Foundation? What has it accomplished? Below are some of its major initiatives, and how they’ve been viewed in the philanthropic world.

What Work Does It Do?

Although the foundation has a wide array of initiatives — promoting economic equality for women, boosting entrepreneurship in emerging markets and tackling climate change — it is perhaps best known for its health care initiatives.

It has several separate entities through which it deploys its health programs, including the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Established as part of the Foundation in 2005, CGI essentially acts as a launching pad for programs by bringing together a variety of stakeholders, including NGOs, executives, entrepreneurs, politicians, and others, who then commit to various ambitious projects. CGI doesn’t actually implement those projects itself—rather, it says it serves as a “catalyst for action.” For instance, in 2015, as a participant in CGI’s events, the infant and maternal health group Embrace Innovations pledged to bring its innovative Embrace infant warmer (which doesn’t require a fixed electricity source) to 100,000 babies in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Since 2005, according to CGI, it has spawned initiatives that:

Raised $313 million for R&D into new vaccines and medicines; Helped provide better maternal and child survival care to more than 110 million people, and; Provided treatment for more than 36 million people with tropical diseases. Private firms are also in the mix. Biotech giant Gilead GILD -1.27% and the NAACP joined forces to recruit religious leaders in the African American community to help fight HIV/AIDS, which disproportionately affects blacks in the U.S. Medical tech company Becton Dickinson bd , which ranked among the 50 companies in Fortune‘s Change the World list this year, has committed to dramatically cutting the price of CD4 immune cell tests for HIV-positive people across 55 countries."

How awful that they didn't spend all those donations on themselves. Especially since they didn't get paid. How stupid it that? The Clinton's must be chumps, right? They could have gilded their whole house instead. I mean Trump is the perfect leader for your religion and the religion that has rapidly become our nation's national religion - GREED.

Bob Summers 1 year, 4 months ago

What are you going to do with your copy of 50 Shades of Grey?

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 year, 4 months ago

Never read the stupid book or seen the movie. It's disgusting trash. They only way I would have read it, if someone told me that she had the jerk arrested in the end. And what's funny, the women I know who claim to be religious and right wingers loved the book. They have been totally brainwashed.

Michael Dennis 1 year, 4 months ago

Bob, you are a small man. Cancel your account.

Barb Gordon 1 year, 4 months ago

I've never read it, but I'm pretty sure it's about a consensual but kinky relationship and not about sexually assaulting people without their consent and then bragging about it into a hot mic.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 year, 4 months ago

"“Are his words perfect? Absolutely not,” Lewandowski said. “Is this defensible? I don't think so.” But he praised Trump for apologizing “if anyone was offended” and said “we want a leader who is going to lead America, and is that rough sometimes? It is.” “He speaks from the heart,” Lewandowski added. “He speaks the way many times people talk around their dining room table.”"

If someone talked like Trump around my dining room table, I would tell them to leave.

Michael Dennis 1 year, 4 months ago

Bart, your kind is dying off, thankfully. Bye.

Michael Dennis 1 year, 4 months ago

I wish we had more than a few weeks left so Trump could make sure to swing the Senate our way, too. Four more years of social progress is just the punishment the Deplorable Party deserves for putting this piece of garbage so close to power.

Bob Summers 1 year, 4 months ago

Trumps talks the talk.

Bill Clinton, Hillary's sweetie that defended Bill's rapes with kinetic femininity, walks the walk.

FLASHBACK: President Bill Clinton Discusses His Lewd Behavior In The Oval Office

Bob Forer 1 year, 4 months ago

An anarcho-misogynist. How quaint. Is that kinda like an anarcho-syndicalist?

Chris Golledge 1 year, 4 months ago

I think people have too much of their own identify wrapped up in what are essentially voting clubs, the Republicans and Democrats. A club that you belong to does not define who you are, and disavowing a member who expresses ideas you find repugnant, like it is OK to sexually assault women if you are famous, does not imply a lack of personal integrity or even disloyalty to the club.

Let's be clear, Trump apologized for saying some vulgar words. Fine, I don't really care. What he did not apologize for, nor would any apology be acceptable for, is his eagerness in describing how he could sexually assault women with impunity because he is famous.

Meanwhile, he has described blacks as lazy. He has denigrated the parents of a man who gave his life in service to this country because they are Muslim. He has advocated for unwarranted search and seizure, which is not only unconstitutional in principal, but racist in implementation. He claims he will build a wall and make Mexico pay for it, but somehow did not convey this to the President of Mexico when they met; never mind that the wall will be hugely expensive and walls have a long history of failing to achieve the purpose for which they were built. He brags about not paying any taxes despite being huuugely wealthy. It is almost a footnote at this point that he also claims he can't disclose his tax reports because he is being audited, despite it being easy to prove you are being audited, which he hasn't, and even if he were, would not prevent him from disclosing his returns. (Not that it matters, but it is easy to show you are being audited; the IRS sends you a letter saying that you are. I happen to have one in my file cabinet.)

I am unable to think of a rational reason why he still enjoys the support that he does, and the only answer I have found is that it is not a rational reason. His supporters have bought in to the idea that they have to vote for this deplorable man or they will be disloyal to their party. Loyalty is a virtue, but in this case it is expected where it has not been earned.

Bob Summers 1 year, 4 months ago

Trump wins. imo. Obama, depending on what Clinton has on him, pardons her.

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