Key Republicans, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger have publically cut ties with the Republican presidential candidate. Over 150 Republicans have publically withdrawn support from Donald Trump. After a video resurfaced from 2005 of Republican presidential candidate having an “extremely lewd conversation about women”, as described in The Washington Post, many former supporters are rethinking their position in the presidential election. Here’s what they think.
Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Senator John McCain decided to withdraw support from the billionaire. Arnold Schwarzenegger put out a statement explaining his new position. Schwarzenegger said, “For the first time since I became a citizen in 1983, I will not vote for the Republican candidate for president.”
John McCain also chimed in on the matter and stated, “Donald Trump’s behavior this week, concluding with the disclosure of his demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults, make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy.”
The former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, also took a stand and said, “Disgusting, shameful, totally disrespectful ‘locker room’ garbage, privately shared between two Hollywood playboys over a decade ago.”
The former Secretary of State during President George W. Bush’s presidency, Condoleezza Rice, declared, “Enough! Donald Trump should not be president. He should withdraw.”
Even Mike Pense, the vice presidential candidate, released a statement that he was “offended” by Trump’s behavior on the video clip. Pense said, “As a husband and father, I was offended by the words and actions described by Donald Trump.” Pense canceled his appearance at a rally in Wisconsin shortly after the video went viral. A source mentioned on Yahoo News suggested that Pense’s plan to let Trump respond first to the video was a “good strategy and also respectful.”
Trump has been active on Twitter throughout the campaign and did not shy away after the video was released. He dismissed his 2005 comments as “locker room talk.” He made it clear he was not letting the video deter him from running for President of the United States.