After the release of a recording of The Donald in 2005 where he touts being able to grab women where he pleases, many leaders in the G.O.P began jumping from the Trumptanic. It seemed all support was waning for Mr. Trump and that, like any captain, he would go down with his ship.
Deb Fischer, the senior Senator from Nebraska, lashed out at Mr. Trump on October 8th taking to twitter and stating “The comments made by Mr. Trump were disgusting and totally unacceptable under any circumstance.” followed by a proclamation that “It would be wise for Mr. Trump to step down and allow Mike Pence to serve as our parties nominee.”
However, after Trump declared he would not be stepping aside for Governor Pence, she indicated during an interview with Lincoln radio affiliate KLIN that “He decided he would not step aside. I respect his decision, I support the Republican ticket, and it’s a Trump-Pence ticket…. To me, it’s not a tough choice.” And she isn’t the only one flip flopping on Trump.
Darryl Glenn, the Republican nominee vying for one of Colorado’s Senate seats announced in a statement that “America cannot have a man who speaks this way about women be the face of our country to the Free World.” However after facing an uproar from Trump supporters the Senate hopeful quickly backtracked his earlier statement claiming the debate on October 9th changed his mind stating in an interview with Fox News on October 10th that “Donald Trump did what he absolutely had to do.” and that “I think he reset his campaign.”
It is during this time we have to wonder, what happened to the party of Lincoln and Eisenhower? These were principled men that stood by what they said and had the courage of their convictions. The Republican party raised the minimum wage, improved unemployment benefits, protected Social Security. They fought to bring assistance to low income communities, and fought tooth and nail to strengthen unions. The party of Lincoln even fought for equal pay regardless of gender back in the 50s. This coming just 30 years after women gained the right to vote. They were a party of progressives that truly seemed to care about the well being and success of their fellow Americans.
It would seem that Republican strategist Steve Schmidt was right when he stated on Meet The Press October 9th that the Trump campaign ‘has exposed the intellectual rot’ in the Republican party. They have only themselves to blame.