Donald Trump Under Fire
For many Republicans, Donald Trump’s most recent scandal was the last straw. Almost every Republican politician condemned the statements made on a hot mic from 11 years ago, where Trump was talking in disrespectful way towards women. The Washington Post, which hired a team of investigative journalists to dig up information on Trump, published the video on Friday. The reactions have been tremendous. Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, canceled her Sunday morning show circuit. Trump, for once, apologized in a video. But for Republicans who were on the fence, or part of the #nevertrump movement, they are officially done supporting the GOP nominee.
Condoleeza Rice, the former Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, is calling for Trump to resign. She said, “Enough! Donald Trump should not be President. He should withdraw. As a Republican, I hope to support someone who has the dignity and stature to run for the highest office in the greatest democracy on earth.” Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz, John McCain, and many other Republicans joined in condemnation of Trump’s comments, and are stepping away from their party’s nominee. An unprecedented two dozen high profile GOP members pulled out from Trump. With a month left until he election, this is not great for the Republican nominee.
But Donald Trump, despite calls from other politicians, has promised to not leave the race.
Now that Trump literally has nothing to lose, we can expect a very lively debate tonight. Trump has made political history. And as we have seen over and over again, when we think it’s over, Trump proves that this race is everything but the status quo. In his campaign announcement speech, Trump made not so politically correct comments about Mexicans, and while that would seem like the kiss of death, the result is Trump winning the primary. The point is that every time we think it’s over for Trump, he somehow pulls it around.
So while last debate, we saw Trump as a respectful candidate who did not want to make any lowball comments to Hillary while her daughter was in the audience; tonight, we can expect a much different story. Furthermore, those who have stood by Trump this whole race will continue to do so. In a recent poll, Clinton is only up by three points in Florida. After a scandal like this, it would be expected for Clinton to be up double digits across the board.