GOP consumed by crisis as more Republicans call on Trump to quit race

“The Republican Party plunged into an epic and historic political crisis Saturday with just a month to go until Election Day as a growing wave of GOP lawmakers called on defiant presidential nominee Donald Trump to drop out of the race in the wake of a video showing him make crude sexual remarks,” as The Washington Post is reporting.

“The fallout from the tape published by The Washington Post — in which Trump bragged in obscene language about forcing himself on women sexually — threatens to endanger the party’s hold on both houses of Congress in addition to the White House, which many Republicans now fear is lost. The episode also comes ahead of Sunday’s second presidential debate in St. Louis, which was already a crucial moment but could determine how widely the damage spreads.

“By midafternoon Saturday, more than two dozen Republican lawmakers had called on Trump to leave the race, often touting vice presidential candidate Mike Pence as an alternative. Others including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the 2008 GOP nominee, said they could no longer vote for Trump but stopped short of calling on him to drop out. Still, the Republican Party’s top leadership — including House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and party chairman Reince Priebus — continued to support Trump even as they denounced his comments.

“Trump, who offered a qualified apology for the remarks in an overnight video statement while also attacking former president Bill Clinton, told The Post he would not drop out under any circumstances.

“’I’d never withdraw. I’ve never withdrawn in my life,’ Trump said in a Saturday morning phone call from his home in Trump Tower in New York. ‘No, I’m not quitting this race. I have tremendous support.'”

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.
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11 Responses to GOP consumed by crisis as more Republicans call on Trump to quit race

  1. John Stoos says:

    Jeff, I am not in crisis because I never supported the man!

    • Chip Wilder says:

      Trouble is you all supported him for the last 6 years while he lied and BSd his way across your tv screen. You bought it for 6 years until he insulted everyones mother, wife and daughter. You said nothing when all the Birtherism crap went on and on —- Bupkis.
      You own him. He’s all yours-

    • Steve Willer says:

      The GOP John, the party is clearly in a crisis.
      I wonder, the people like Pat Robertson who thought 9/11 and Katrina were punishment from God, do you think God might now be punishing the GOP for it’s sins like denying global warming, denying a health care system for all Americans, cutting food stamps for the poorest of the poor? God does look out for America…….right?

  2. Judith Lowry says:

    Some writer once said that it is a very good thing women can’t read men’s minds.
    Being civilized doesn’t necessarily mean men don’t have prurient thoughts and lewd fantasies, they do because are wired that way, it simply means they know enough to keep it to themselves.
    “Why don’t you clean yourself up.” sounds like a pretty innocuous statement, unless it was said by a governor of a small southern state to date rape victim.
    Men can be beasts, add money and power to that and you get a Trump, a Clinton, or a Weiner.

    So, all this gasping and pearl clutching by the media over what some rich little mental homunculus said back in the nineties is hypocritical.
    We still have two odious presidential candidates and one of them will likely rule our country for the next four years, but probably not for eight.
    The time to begin to find two decent candidates for 2020 is now.

    • stevefrisch says:

      I have been in a lot of locker rooms Judith, and engaged in a lot of “man talk” if by that you mean talk between men, but I have never condoned this sort of objectification of women, or the aggressive and criminal behavior that goes along with it, to any man. It is my responsibility to object when such things are said in order to keep them from being approved of amongst men and acted on.

      • Judith Lowry says:

        Yes, Steve,

        Like that great scene in, “The Right Stuff”, when Ed Harris’ character, John Glenn, chews out his fellow astronauts for demeaning women.
        What a guy!

      • Annie Fox says:

        Steve, I appreciate your respectful attitude. You’re a good man who can distinguish the men fro the boys.

  3. John Stoos says:

    Steve I do think we are due for some judgment, but not for the ‘sins’ you have listed:
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1131312881

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