Monday 21 August 2017

Mogul's backers queue up to jump ship because they know he's sunk

A supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump show their allegiance outside Trump Tower where he lives in Manhattan. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
A supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump show their allegiance outside Trump Tower where he lives in Manhattan. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Julie Pace

Why now? And why this? For the legion of Republicans who abandoned Donald Trump at the weekend, recoiling in horror from comments their party's White House nominee made about using his fame to prey on women, there is no escaping those questions.

For months, they stomached his incendiary remarks about Mexicans, Muslims, prisoners of war, a Gold Star military family and a Hispanic judge, along with offensive statements about women too numerous to count. Democratic critics argue their silence - or the promise to vote for Trump, but not endorse him - amounted to tacit approval of misogyny and racism.

There were no good answers on the weekend and few Republicans attempted to offer any.

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