Posted: 10:21 am Saturday, October 8th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
The day after Donald Trump’s midnight apology over the publication of a 2005 video that featured vulgar remarks about women, a drumbeat of Republicans in Congress continued to denounce their party’s nominee for President, with more taking the extra step of asking Trump to drop out of the race for the White House.
“Trump’s behavior makes him unacceptable as a candidate for president and I won’t vote for him,” said Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL), who represents a very conservative district in southern Alabama.
“Step aside and let Mike Pence try,” said Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE), who has long refused to endorse Trump.
“Donald Trump should step aside and allow our party to replace him,” said Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA), who is in a tough re-election race in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.
Out West, almost the entire Republican Establishment of the state of Utah is now arrayed against Trump – the latest, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), who Trump said could be one of his Supreme Court picks.
Democrats in the Congress also joined in, moving to pile on Trump and Republicans in tough races any way they possibly could.
If you are a Republican elected official the words you are looking for are.. "I withdraw my support for Donald Trump."
— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) October 8, 2016
Trump was also hemorrhaging support in talk radio circles on Saturday:
For the benefit of the country, the party and his family, and for his own good, @realDonaldTrump should withdraw. More and worse oppo coming
— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) October 8, 2016
But even with all the controversy over Trump, only a handful of Republicans had taken the step to reject their party’s nominee; most like Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) simply rebuked their party’s standard bearer.
The comments DJT made are lewd & insulting. There is no excuse, and no room for such reprehensible and objectifying talk about anyone, ever.
— Joni Ernst (@joniernst) October 8, 2016
Donald Trump's words and the actions he described are reprehensible and disrespectful, and I am personally disgusted by this behavior.
— Susan W. Brooks (@SusanWBrooks) October 8, 2016
As for Trump, here is his short video statement from Friday night:
Certainly has been an interesting 24 hours!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2016
A number of my readers and listeners have written me over the last day, complaining that not enough news media attention has been given to the Wikileaks release of hacked emails from a top aide to Hillary Clinton.
I wrote about that – along with the latest release of Hillary Clinton emails by the State Department.
Much more telling though, is the reaction of GOP lawmakers in the Congress – which story is more powerful, the Trump tape or Wikileaks?
Number of GOP lawmakers tweeting about Trump tape: Lots. Number of GOP lawmakers tweeting about Wikileaks – 1
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) October 8, 2016
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.