Posted: 4:37 pm Saturday, October 8th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
While Donald Trump proclaimed that he was not getting out of the race for President, his bid for the White House was undermined almost every few minutes on Saturday, as a number of elected Republicans denounced Trump’s remarks on a video tape from 2005, while others outright demanded that he get out of the race.
“I cannot and will not support Donald Trump for President,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). “He has forfeited the right to be our party’s nominee.”
“The abhorrent remarks made by Donald Trump are inexcusable,” said Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), as others from the GOP chimed in as well.
Sen. John McCain: "Cindy and I will not vote for Donald Trump… We will write in the name of some good conservative Republican…"
— Jenna Johnson (@wpjenna) October 8, 2016
As for Trump, he was huddled with top advisers at Trump Tower in New Yor, but in interviews and on social media, he gave no hint that there would be a white flag waving later in the day.
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! #MAGA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2016
In the afternoon, Trump had been scheduled to appear at a GOP unity event in Wisconsin with Speaker Paul Ryan, but that was scrapped by Ryan after the video tape surfaced on Friday.
In his remarks, Ryan never mentioned Trump by name, but made clear his displeasure with what was on the 2005 tape.
“It is a troubling situation,” said Ryan of Trump, as the Speaker of the House was heckled at times during his remarks. “I meant what I said and it’s still how I feel.”
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) October 8, 2016
Ryan though did not take the next step, and call on Trump to drop off the GOP ticket, but a number of other Republicans did, totaling in the double digits in both the House and Senate, along with a number of Governors.
It even spread to those who weren’t in the Congress as yet, like the Republican Sheriff of Sacramento County, California, who is running for a seat in the Congress.
“I can no longer explain to my daughters why I am voting for Mr. Trump,” said Sheriff Scott Jones, who is hoping to knock off a Democratic member of Congress in November in a swing seat.
Trump’s situation was especially perilous in two western states, where the GOP Establishment fled en masse against him in both Nevada and Utah – two states with a strong Mormon population, which has been reluctant to support Trump.
All of this political drama was overshadowing the next Trump-Clinton debate on Sunday night; one would assume that Trump will have to address the issue directly during this forum, in which undecided voters will ask the questions.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.