It’s the second weekend in a row that the Donald Trump campaign has been rocked by a major scandal. Last weekend, it was discovered that Donald Trump lost almost $1 billion in 1995 and may not have paid taxes since. This weekend, audio was leaked from a 2005 conversation between Donald Trump and Access Hollywood‘s Billy Bush that have led to #TrumpTapes trending on Twitter with tweets coming in by the hundreds of thousands.
It’s being seen as the last straw of a scandal for Donald Trump, with many GOP leaders going public asking Donald Trump to remove himself from the Presidential race, reports NBC News. Donald Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway took a different approach, it seemed, tweeting last night that she was proud to work for Donald Trump and admired his views on women.
In fact, it turned out that Kellyanne’s alleged pride for Donald Trump was coming out of a parody account. Even so, the public responding to the parody account were not impressed.
Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway has the Twitter handle “@Kellyannepolls.” The parody account is “@KellyannPolls” but the public does not appear to know the difference and have slammed Kellyanne Conway since the Trump tapes leaked, asking for her resignation and calling her a disgrace to women.
In that scandal that broke on the Trump tapes yesterday, Donald Trump has made statements that are being labeled as disturbing, sickening, offensive, and by some even criminal, by men and women alike all over the world, even the GOP. The Hillary Clinton campaign tweeted an audio and video of the entire exchange that occurred 11 years ago. Watch.
Donald Trump did issue an apology late last evening, saying that to focus on lewd mistakes from 11 years ago is a “distraction.” He also said he was a changed man and then slammed Bill Clinton for mistakes made 20 years ago.
He also said, “See you at the debates,” referring to the next Presidential debate this coming Sunday, giving no indication of plans to step down anytime soon. Here is Donald Trump’s full apology transcribed.
Former Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush tweeted a statement on the apology last night.
Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway has taken the stand by your man approach. A parody account of Kellyanne Conway tweeted last night she was proud of Donald Trump and his views on women. But the real Kellyanne Conway has been largely silent since the Trump tapes leaked. Also, the public does not seem to think that the account tweeting pride for Donald Trump is a parody account.
This tweet was not met with a warm response. It received many tweets in response that questioned character, integrity, and judgment.
It also received tweets from GOP women voters saying they were leaving the party in light of this massive scandal. The Twitter account “Kellyann Conway” also received tweets from women asking her to resign, and telling her that she should be ashamed of herself.
Although this is a parody account, the public voices are making their opinions on the entire scandal clear. So are the GOP.
A long list of Republicans has emerged that is asking Donald Trump to step down in light of the comments heard on the audio released yesterday reports NBC News. Many are calling it game over for Donald Trump, saying, no scandal, not even WikiLeaks, could undo this damage and bring him ahead of Hillary Clinton now.
NBC News cites a Republican strategist who has also said, “It’s over” referring to the Donald Trump campaign. They also say the timing of this release could not be worse for Donald Trump, whose standing with the women vote “has already been abominable.”
That’s not what the real Kellyanne Conway thinks. As we previously reported, in our analysis of the demographics of the minority vote heading into the election, and how minorities would be the tipping point for Hillary Clinton, we reported that Megyn Kelly blasted Kellyanne Conway after fact checking her claims on Donald Trump and the women vote.
The L.A.Times demographics tracker today shows that Hillary Clinton leads with women, 50.1 percent to Donald Trump’s 38.6 percent.
This number reflects polling data taken before the Donald Trump tapes leak and could change in the coming days, as more women, even GOP women, are becoming vocal about being unable to support a candidate that would make such lewd comments about women.
Last night when all of this occurred, Donald Trump was in New Jersey preparing for the debate with Reince Priebus. NBC News reports that Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus has since issued a statement saying, “No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever.”
Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan canceled an event with Donald Trump today saying he was “sickened” and that “women are to be championed and revered, not objectified.” Governor Chris Christie has not said a word since this all came to light.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell referred to Trump’s statements as “repugnant.” Republican Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois urged Donald Trump to drop out of the race and also called him a “malignant clown.” Senator Kirk has also called on the RNC to seek an emergency replacement for Donald Trump.
Other Republican legislators that have come forward against Donald Trump’s statements include Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina, Representative Mike Coffman of Colorado, and Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, who tweeted “character matters.” Former Presidential nominee Mitt Romney also tweeted saying the following.
Republican Governor Gary Herbert will not vote for Donald Trump, Senator Mike Lee of Utah has said the same, calling Donald Trump the distraction. Republican Jason Chaffetz of Utah has also said he will not vote for Donald Trump, reports NBC News.
NBC News says a former staffer of Donald Trump has also said, he regrets joining the campaign and wished he had left it earlier. Donald Trump has also lost multiple endorsements since this all came to light, and the list appears to be growing by the minute.
Meanwhile, more and more details are emerging on how all of this came to light to begin with. David Fahrenthold of the Washington Post was the reporter that broke the story, but that is only a very small part of the story. All of this came to light after the Associated Press reported on an expose they had been working on related to Donald Trump’s sexist treatment of women.
The Associated Press decided to ask former cast members of the show The Apprentice about their experiences with Donald Trump. This after Donald Trump’s campaign had been rocked with many degrading statements and treatment towards women, such as the incident with former Miss Universe contestant Alicia Machado.
The expose of Donald Trump and his treatment of women by the Associated Press reveals disturbing details. The Associated Press found after interviewing more than 20 people, that Trump frequently demeaned women on the show, rated contestants by the size of their breasts, and regularly discussed which ones he would or wouldn’t have sex with.
In one instance, he complimented the back side of a camerawoman, comparing her to his daughter Ivanka Trump. The Associated Press report also says that former contestants of The Apprentice were frequently worried about who Donald Trump would demean next, or suggest sex with. One said the following.
“We were in the boardroom one time figuring out who to blame for the task, and he just stopped in the middle and pointed to someone and said, ‘You’d f… her, wouldn’t you? I’d f… her. C’mon, wouldn’t you?'”
Politico reports that after this investigation by the Associated Press, Access Hollywood began digging on Donald Trump, going through their archives to see if they could find any footage of Donald Trump on tape where he was being lewd with women. That is when the footage that was released last night was found.
Access Hollywood then began preparing their own story on the topic, to be released yesterday. Politico reports that David Fahrenthold of the Washington Post received a call yesterday morning, from a source that is unnamed, offering a leak of the footage. By 4 p.m. the Washington Post had gone live with the story, and NBC released their own story just moments later.
The story has led to another massive defection from Donald Trump. But, worse, he is now being called upon to step down. As the Inquisitr reported last night, New York Times columnist Yamiche Alcindor says that a source tells her that the RNC is meeting in Washington D.C. today to see if a step down can be forced.
The Washington Post reported this morning that Donald Trump has said he won’t step down, he’s never withdrawn from anything in his life. The Washington Post reported that Trump also said, “I’m not quitting, I have tremendous support.”
He does still have some support. But as endorsements drop, and key GOP leaders retract their votes and support, his support is dwindling. It is unclear where Trump’s “tremendous support” is. Much of the backlash against parody account Kellyann Conway last night was also from GOP voters who are now retracting their vote, some of them women. Some of them even tweeted the real Donald Trump account their disgust, and withdrawal of support.
After not tweeting for 24 hours straight, almost unprecedented for Donald Trump, he tweeted this morning, “Certainly has been an interesting 24 hours!” The women of Donald Trump, namely Ivanka Trump and his wife Melania Trump, who Trump was married to at the time the Trump tapes were recorded, have been silent. So has the real Kellyanne Conway. Ivanka Trump tweeted a recipe last night.
We have previously reported on Ivanka Trump’s thoughts on her father when she released the ad for his campaign called “Motherhood” this week. Ivanka does not believe her father is sexist and told Norah O’Donnell of CBS that, “My father is not a sexist groping woman abuser.” Watch.
As we found out last night, Donald Trump has admitted himself that, yes he is a person that gropes women. Donald Trump will be at the debates tomorrow night.
It may well be the most watched political debate of all time after these recent developments. What is your reaction to the Trump tapes?
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