Late Friday evening, the Washington Post released a video recording that has plunged the 2016 election deeper into chaos. In the video, Republican nominee Donald Trump brags to TV personality Billy Bush about groping and trying to have sex with a married woman. He goes on to state: “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women]. I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait…Grab them by the p—y. You can do anything.”
Republican leaders nationwide have denounced these statements as offensive and inexcusable, with some going so far as to call for Trump to drop out:
Donald’s comments were vulgar, egregious & impossible to justify.
No one should ever talk about any woman in those terms, even in private.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 8, 2016
As the grandfather of two precious girls, I find that no apology can excuse away Donald Trump’s reprehensible comments degrading women.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) October 7, 2016
Hitting on married women? Condoning assault? Such vile degradations demean our wives and daughters and corrupt America’s face to the world.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) October 8, 2016
These comments are disturbing and inappropriate, there is simply no excuse for them.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 8, 2016
Donald Trump’s statements are beyond offensive & despicable. While I cannot vote for Hillary Clinton, I will not vote for Trump. #utpol
— Gary R. Herbert (@HerbertForUtah) October 8, 2016
— Mark Kirk (@SenatorKirk) October 8, 2016
As of right now, the RNC has made no official statement on if they will continue to support Trump, but sources reveal conflicting stories:
A senior level Trump source with direct knowledge, says the RNC is standing with Trump, for now. RNC has not mentioned a drop out scenario
— John Santucci (@JTSantucci) October 8, 2016
Source tells me RNC officials are meeting in DC to discuss what options the party has going forward in case Trump isn’t nominee.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) October 8, 2016
It has become clear that Donald Trump is not the nominee for the Republican Party. His liberal views on issues from healthcare to the Second Amendment do not represent the ideals of the Republican Party. His ignorant and bigoted statements about women, minorities, veterans, and the disabled do not represent the dedication to equal opportunity and equal treatment for all. It is time for the Republican National Committee and Chairman Reince Priebus to stand tall and preserve the core values of conservatism, and fight for the future of our country. It is time to dump Trump.