After more than a year of hateful, racist, misogynist and dangerous comments, some top Republicans seem to have finally woken up to the idea that Donald Trump might not be a good person after a tape leaked yesterday of the Republican presidential nominee talking about groping women.
The video published by The Washington Post is taken from a 2005 taping of “Access Hollywood.” In a conversation with host Billy Bush picked up by a hot mic, Trump recounts his efforts to have sex with a married woman and then describes his usual courtship techniques:
“I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her,” Trump says. “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,” he continues. “Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”
With these obscene remarks, it seems that Trump may have gone too far offending the wrong demographic as virtually every Republican running for office has promptly condemned Trump’s comments.
“We are simply shocked that Donald Trump would say such things about white suburban women in battleground states.”
— Sam Adams (@SamuelAAdams) October 8, 2016
One of those leaders was former US ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, who only one week ago said that he would be voting for Trump.
Huntsman, the former governor of Utah, has long been seen as a moderate Republican, who isn’t a total loony. He served as Ambassador to China from 2009 to 2011, and currently co-chairs the No Labels Organization, a centrist group which aims to work toward a policy agenda that enough Republican and Democratic law makers can hopefully embrace. Back in May, he tentatively voiced his support for Trump, saying, “If he’s the nominee, I’m a Republican and I tend to gravitate towards whomever the nominee is.”
Then, last week, Huntsman backed up that statement by declaring that he would vote for Trump despite disagreements on a “range of issues,” because he believed that Trump would “take on the Washington establishment,” the AP reported.
Now, Huntsman seems concerned about in exactly what manner Trump would take on Washington. He has called for the Republican nominee to drop out of the race in favor of his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence (who is strictly against the grabbing of pussies for any reason).
“In a campaign cycle that has been nothing but a race to the bottom — at such a critical moment for our nation — and with so many who have tried to be respectful of a record primary vote, the time has come for Governor Pence to lead the ticket,” Huntsman told The Salt Lake Tribune.
— Clayton Cubitt (@claytoncubitt) October 8, 2016
While many top Republican leaders have condemned Trump’s remarks, Huntsman is one of the few to actually drop his endorsement (most of the rest are also from Utah). House Speaker Paul Ryan said he was “sickened” by Trump’s comments and cut Trump from a joint campaign appearance the two had planned for Saturday in Wisconsin; but he is apparently still comfortable with voting for him in November.
Trump himself even seems to realize that this scandal is different from those in the past. For perhaps the first time this campaign, he has apologized for something he said. In a video statement, Trump said that his words in the video “don’t reflect who I am,” before calling it a “distraction” and pointing the finger at Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Here is my statement. pic.twitter.com/WAZiGoQqMQ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2016
Since the video was released, more allegations of Trump’s inappropriate sexual behavior have surfaced and a child rape case against him is being moved forward. The second presidential debate takes place on Sunday night, alleged sexual harasser Roger Ailes is helping Trump prepare.