October 12

“Enough of the pussyfooting around”

Kellyanne Conway chose an interesting term when she described the recent exodus of top GOP politicians from Trump. She said on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” that “we want the support of anybody who’s going to publicly endorse us. But enough of the pussyfooting around in terms of, you know, do you support us or do you not support us?”

This comment comes after the explosive Washington Post article that published a hot mic moment of Trump talking in lewd terms about women he was pursuing. He then continued that because of his fame, he can “grab girls by the pussy.” This sparked a string of reactions, almost all negative. While he confirmed in the debate, that he never sexually assaulted anyone, the term of language which he says is “locker room talk” sparked the biggest reaction yet. In a campaign full of these ostracizing one liners, this, to many, was the last straw.

So many politicians are trying to figure out how to move forward. If Donald Trump did win, he would be the highest elected official for the Republican Party, and a politician that members in the party would need support from. But if he does not, he will be considered a bad dream, and all those associated with him will be as well. At this point, supporting Donald Trump is a risk, and one that politicians are nervous about taking.

Trump’s supporters continue to split away from him after the debate, which Trump says he won. Many GOP donors are asking for a refund. But some politicians are back with the Trump train. Senator Fischer from Nebraska said on Saturday that he should step aside, but renewed her support for him today.

With a month left till the election, it is almost unthinkable that a party’s candidate could be so polarizing. Many Republicans are still trying to figure out who to vote for, while others claim to leave the party if Trump is not the candidate. The feelings are so strong that it is hard to imagine the path forward for the GOP that resembles any sort of cohesion. It is most likely that support for Trump will flip flop all the way up until election day. As it happens at the professional politician level, it will also be happening on the voter level. For these reasons, polls aside, it is hard to tell who is in the lead for this race.