In-fighting tears apart the GOP

In-fighting tears apart the GOP

 

The phrase “October surprise” came about during the 1972 presidential election. The term describes a shocking maneuver made by one party to discredit the other, late in the campaign. Sex scandals, secret deals and the like usually deliberately take place in October, because they have a greater influence over voters’ ultimate decisions.

In other words, October has not been a very good month for the GOP so far.

House Speaker Paul Ryan disinvited Trump from a political event in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, after he declared Trump’s lewd comments in a video released by the Washington Post “sickening.” Although he has not completely unendorsed Trump, Ryan has made it clear that he will neither defend nor campaign for the Republican nominee.

Trump tweeted his displeasure.

 

Trump’s unabashed comments regarding his treatment of women have ignited a greater strain of the phenomenon which many have dubbed the “Trump Effect.” Of those Congressional Republicans attempting to detach themselves, many are notably concerned with down-ballot races.

        The Video

On Oct. 8, exactly a month before Election Day, the Washington Post released a decade-old video.

The three-minute-long video, which opens with “This video contains graphic language,” has received over 1 million views.

The conversation between Donald Trump and Billy Bush, the host of NBC’s “Access Hollywood,” contains an anecdote about a woman Trump found attractive, saying that he “did try and f*** her. She was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony t*** and everything. She’s totally changed her look.”

The bus pulls up to the set of Access Hollywood, and as Trump notices Arianna Zucker, an actress on Days of Our Lives, Trump announces that because he is “automatically attracted to beautiful [women],” he “better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her.”

Trump: “Allow Me to Retort”

Trump released a video in which he apologizes for the coarse, vulgar comments he made about women more than a decade ago. “I’ve said and done things I regret,” he explained, “and the words released today…are one of them. Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.”

A few would disagree.

Less than a month before polls officially open, Donald Trump is at war against his own party. Many Republican lawmakers are retracting their endorsements for Trump after the Washington Post’s release of the 2005 video.

Right after Gary Herbert, Governor of Utah, dropped his vote for Trump after viewing the video, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah) followed suit. The Republican member of Congress declared, “I’m out” on a local TV station, according to the Huffington Post.

In the words of NBC News, “Whether or not Trump prevails in November, the GOP is set for a rebuilding process like none in recent history.”

 

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Authored by: Emily Warner

Emily Warner is a freshman English major with a minor in Communication. Born and raised in Greenwood, South Carolina, Emily loves having the opportunity to call Charleston her new home and is excited to see where this part of her journey will take her. Emily is an active member of the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta, where she has made lifelong friends and has enjoyed participating in several philanthropic opportunities and countless fun experiences. Emily loves to go on adventures here in Charleston, exploring this beautiful city and making the most out of what it has to offer. She also loves traveling, and hopes to study abroad in the near future. A lover of all things English and literature, Emily’s dream is to become a journalist or writer, where she can immerse herself in doing what she loves.

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