Yashwant Raj, Washington: As Donald Trump dug in, ignoring calls for him to step aside…
Yashwant Raj, Washington: As Donald Trump dug in, ignoring calls for him to step aside over his vulgar and
sexist remarks about women, leading Republicans began moving away from him rescinding their endorsement throwing the party into its worst crisis this election season, and just the day before a crucial presidential debate.
Trump, who seemed to have decided to brazen it out, told The Wall Street Journal there was “zero chance I’ll quit”, and that “I never, ever give up”. He added, indicating every intention to continue, “The support I’m getting is unbelievable, because Hillary Clinton is a horribly flawed candidate.”
But the Republican party appears to have reached a breaking point, having watched helplessly for months Trump barrel his way to the top in an offensive, divisive campaign replete with insults and innuendoes. Starting Friday night, a growing number of its prominent leaders withdrew their endorsement, the most prominent of them being Senator John McCain.
“I thought it important I respect the fact that Donald Trump won a majority of the delegates by the rules our party set,” McCain, a reluctant backer, said in a statement. “But Donald Trump’s behaviour this week, concluding with the disclosure of his demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults, make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy.”
Others Republicans who pulled their support included Senator Kelly Ayotte, who said on Twitter, “I’m a mom and an American first, and I cannot and will not support a candidate for president who brags about degrading and assaulting women.”
Still others openly called for the nominee to leave or be dumped and be replaced on the ticket by someone else. Congressman Charlie Dent urged the party leadership to abandon the nominee as it was not longer possible to “defend the indefensible”.