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Republicans’ rescindment of Trump endorsement welcomed, but should have happened months ago

Shouldn’t have taken bragging about sexual assault for GOP leaders to pull their support
Amos Mayberry

Unless a dramatic scandal involving former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton occurs right before the election — anything seems possible at this point — it’s safe to say Republican nominee Donald Trump will lose the election in November.

I wasn’t confident that he was going to lose up until a week or two ago. But the recently released tape of Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women, his two dismal debate performances and a threat to jail his political opponent leave him dead in the water.

In the hours and days following the release of Trump’s comments on sexual assault, some congressional Republicans came to their senses and finally rescinded their endorsement of the Donald.


Ryan shows true leadership in denouncing Trump

Though establishment backing has never been particularly important to Trump’s success, losing the endorsements of big names within the Republican Party does play a small role in his downfall.

A big congratulations to those Republicans who finally had the courage to stand up for what the rest of us have known is the right thing to do since Trump entered the race.

You did it, you un-endorsed Donald Trump.

(Not you, Wisconsin Republicans.)

The question we should be asking, though, is why it took so long for these men and women to rescind their endorsements. Better yet, we should be asking why they endorsed Trump in the first place.

Frankly, the Republicans who so “heroically” rescinded their endorsements this past weekend deserve to deal with the consequences Trump will have on their party only slightly less than those who have chosen to stick with him.

Every single one of them stood with him through months of vile, ignorant campaigning.

They backed him when he floated absurd conspiracy theories that they knew were lies. They backed him even when he directly contradicted their party and ideology. Worst of all, they backed him through dozens of bigoted, misogynistic, and hateful comments.

We do need to make America great again — let’s start by not electing a misogynist as president

In some cases, they even endorsed Trump after many of his most heinous comments were made. It took Trump bragging about sexual assault for a select few to finally say enough is enough.

What the hell.

We — the sane people — are all thrilled that you finally came to your senses, but it is truly alarming that you stuck with this man after the dozens of other awful things he has said and done in the last year.

So please, in the coming months and years when you are up for reelection, do not act as though you are on a pedestal because you didn’t stand with Donald Trump.

For months and months filled with his hate and ignorance, you did, and we will remember that.

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