The GOP, as well as it’s speaker, Paul Ryan, are in dire straights due to the nomination of Donald J. Trump to be the presidential candidate representing their party. Perhaps never so much has he spelled the death of the Republican party, though, as he did when he said on a leaked audio during an interview with Billy Bush of Access Hollywood that he can do anything to a woman because he’s such a big star.
‘You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful – I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss…I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything […] Grab them by the p*ssy. I can do all that.’
Speaker Paul Ryan led a conference call the morning after Sunday night’s debate, when the GOP establishment had to be hoping Trump would do at least some work in the redeeming himself department. He didn’t. When asked about his statements during the debate, Trump dismissed them as “locker room talk” and immediately deflected to personal attacks against his opponent.
POLITICO senior writer Jake Sherman tweeted about the call:
BREAKING– @SpeakerRyan tells house republicans he won’t defend trump and will focus the next 29 days on keeping the house majority.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) October 10, 2016
Ryan told concerned GOP candidates on down ballot tickets that he would not support Trump, nor would he be seen campaigning with the GOP presidential nominee due to his statements. He also indicated that the RNC would no longer be financially backing Trump’s campaign efforts and would instead divert those funds to backing the campaigns of down ballot candidates in order to keep the GOP majority in the House of Representatives.
In the most telling quote from the conference call, Ryan advised those candidates regarding whether or not they should continue to back Trump to:
‘Do what’s best for you in your district.’
In other words, if your voters are cool with sexism and racism, back Trump so they’ll like you. If they aren’t, be sure to tell them how appalling his words were and back away.
As Hillary Clinton reminded GOP voters, however:
Ryan is still endorsing Trump. https://t.co/L30EZvUbm0
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 10, 2016
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