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Some Republicans Who Deserted Donald Trump After Lewd Comment Video Are Returning |The Republcan News

 

By ALAN RAPPEPORT
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, in Ocala, Fla.© AP Photo/ Evan Vucci Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, in Ocala, Fla. Republicans were fleeing Donald J. Trump after a video of him demeaning women was made public last Friday, but less than a week later some are already starting to come back to the Republican presidential nominee.

 

Senator Deb Fischer, a Republican from Nebraska who said on Saturday that Mr. Trump’s remarks were “disgusting” and that he should drop out of the race, said on Tuesday that she still planned to vote for Mr. Trump.

“Like most Nebraskans, I am fully committed to defeating Hillary Clinton,” Ms. Fischer told a Nebraska radio station. “I support the Republican ticket and I plan to vote for Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence on November 8th.”

Ms. Fischer reiterated that she found Mr. Trump’s remarks unacceptable, but added, “I never said that I wasn’t voting for our Republican ticket.”

Mr. Trump has been raging against Republicans who revoked their endorsements of him this week, warning in a series of tirades on Twitter that their lack of loyalty wold cost them at the polls on Election Day. He has been most hostile toward House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, who said that he would not campaign with Mr. Trump and instead would focus his attention on congressional races.

Ms. Fischer was not the only Republican who has reversed her endorsement of Mr. Trump this week.

Darryl Glenn, a Republican candidate for United States Senate representing Colorado, faced a fierce backlash from supporters of Mr. Trump after he said that a person who speaks about women like Mr. Trump did “should not be the face of our country to the Free World.”

But in an interview with Fox News, Mr. Glenn, who is facing an uphill battle to unseat Senator Michael Bennet, said that Mr. Trump’s apology and debate performance changed his mind.

“Donald Trump did what he absolutely had to do,” Mr. Glenn said. “ I think he reset his campaign.”

Other Republicans who denounced Mr. Trump have also said this week they planned to vote for him.

Senator John Thune of South Dakota, one of the most prominent Republicans to disavow Mr. Trump, said that he would still back the ticket.

“I intend to support the nominee of our party and if anything should change then I’ll let you know, but he’s got a lot of work to do I think if he’s going to have any hope of winning this election,” Mr. Thune told KELO-TV, in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Tuesday.

Representative Scott Garrett of New Jersey, who is facing an election next month, said last weekend that Mr. Trump should step aside, but his campaign clarified that he would vote for him anyway.

“He has always believed that Hillary Clinton is not the candidate whose leadership and policies are right for America,” Sarah Neibart, Mr. Garrett’s campaign manager, said. “Donald Trump remains the nominee of the Republican Party, and Representative Garrett has always said he will vote for the Republican Party nominee.”

That same calculus applied for Representative Bradley Byrne of Alabama. He had issued a statement declaring that Gov. Mike Pence should take over as the Republican nominee after hearing Mr. Trump’s vulgar remarks. But with Mr. Trump refusing to quit, Mr. Byrne still plans to vote for him.

“He will support the Republican ticket on Election Day, as he has pledged to do all along,” said Seth Morrow, Mr. Byrne’s spokesman. “He just believes that person should be Mike Pence.”

The Trump campaign continued on Wednesday to pressure Republicans to fall in line behind Mr. Trump despite his recent stumbles. Kellyanne Conway, Mr. Trump’s campaign manager, said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” program that dithering by Republicans was not helping the cause of defeating Hillary Clinton.

“Well, we want the support of anybody who’s going to publicly endorse us,” Ms. Conway said. “But enough of the pussyfooting around in terms of, you know, do you support us or do you not support us?”

And Mr. Trump made clear that he was still seething over Mr. Ryan

“Wouldn’t you think Paul Ryan would call and say ‘good going?’” Mr. Trump, referring to his debate performance, asked at a rally in Florida on Wednesday. “There’s a whole deal going on there and we’re going to figure it out.”

Source: The New York Times

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