Indiana Democrats on Tuesday blasted Republicans for refusing to withdraw support from Donald Trump in an effort to increase pressure on GOP candidates in down-ballot races.
Trump’s attacks come a day after Ryan told his House colleagues he’d no longer defend or campaign for Trump – an unprecedented move for party leadership with less than four weeks to go until November 8. Over that time, Trump has put up two poor debate performances and his campaign has been thrown into chaos by the release of a 2005 video in which Trump makes lewd and offensive comments about women.
Donald Trump didn’t come up at all. But if they do call for Trump to step off the ticket, he continues, “they’re making a calculated gamble. that he’ll be replaced by Pence, a more palatable conservative”. There is, said the Democratic official, “no lack of harmony”. Looking to the 2018 US congressional election and the 2020 presidential election, Heye said: “In two to four years, the stain on our party’s soul won’t be washed away”.
Rudy Giuliani, a former New York City mayor and a top Trump surrogate, said anti-Trump Republicans will be remembered negatively no matter what happens on Election Day.
Trump’s “offensive comments make it very hard for any candidate to support him”, said Fred Malek, a longtime Republican strategist and finance chair for the Republican Governors Association. “I support the Republican ticket and it’s a Trump-Pence ticket”. You’d think they’d say great going, Don, let’s beat this crook. Vance feared Trump was inflaming trends that could spell the end of the Republican Party on the West Coast. Of those, only one, Justin Amash of MI, is still in Congress. Amash has refused to endorse Trump as well, and tweeted Saturday, “He should have stepped aside long ago”. Ryan’s trip was scheduled before Trump announced he was coming back to Wisconsin.
But rather than appealing to women with thoughtful words of contrition or an explanation of how he had changed, Trump again merely dismissed his 2005 comments about women as “locker room banter”, before veering incoherently into a tangent about ISIS and beheadings around the world. It is precisely suburban voters, Republican and independent, who are Trump’s nemesis.
“He has taken all the problems we already had with our national brand, and he has made them exponentially worse”, Vance said Tuesday.
Taking control of the Senate is well within the Democrats’ reach. On Thursday, the advocacy group American Bridge highlighted Trump’s praise of Rubio on local Florida television, even as Rubio has avoided appearing at any Trump events in the state.
Strategists say Pence would have the hardest time emerging from Trump’s shadow. The notice of the event, billed as a conversation with Ryan, promised that he would take questions from the audience for 30 minutes, but Roday said he couldn’t due to a tight schedule. Polls have shown Republican Joe Heck ahead of the Democrats’ Catherine Cortez Masto. Ryan, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Rubio followed.
“Frankly, I’m more offended by people in Congress who take our votes, make promises, go into offices, and never do anything”, Dodge said.
Separately on Wednesday, The Palm Beach Post in Florida reported that Mindy McGillivray, 36, told the newspaper that Trump groped her at his Mar-a-Lago estate 13 years ago.
King fretted that the divide between the party and its base would widen if Trump loses, and predicted that a House Republican majority would fail to stand up to a President Clinton on issues like opposing immigration and defunding Planned Parenthood, further dispiriting voters. That means a greater proportion of conservatives, some of whom are hostile to established GOP leaders, and indicates that Ryan may not be able to afford losing much support.
Trump’s campaign has long had a no holds barred quality – he has accused Mexican immigrants of being rapists and Muslims of being a terror threat. Those close to Trump suggested it was “open season” on every detractor, regardless of party.
Instead of gleefully watching the GOP’s destruction, the Democratic Party would be wise to examine itself for vulnerabilities to such a Trump-like figure who could expose them in ways they today likely don’t even think is possible.