The number of senators who have pulled their support of Donald Trump Saturday over his most recently released comments about women just grew by one, but this is one of the bigger fish in the pond.
Sen. John McCain issued a statement Saturday afternoon disavowing Trump and stating that neither he nor his wife, Cindy, would be voting for Trump. Trump certainly didn’t do himself any favors with his comment about former POW McCain letting himself “get caught,” but McCain included a pretty lengthy list of issues that made it impossible for him to cast his vote for the GOP nominee.
There are no excuses for Donald Trump’s offensive behavior. Cindy & I will not vote for him. My full stmt: https://t.co/MOw0rx4LSI
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) October 8, 2016
— Daniel Raffel (@danielraffel) October 8, 2016
“Cindy and I will not vote for Donald Trump,” McCain concludes. “I have never voted for a Democratic presidential candidate and we will not vote for Hillary Clinton. We will write in the name of some good conservative Republican who is qualified to be President.”
— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) October 8, 2016
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) October 8, 2016
And that good conservative Republican would be … Mike Pence? A write-in vote for John McCain? McCain didn’t specify, at least in his statement.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 8, 2016
— Hamfisted Bun Vendor (@MetalOllie) October 8, 2016
For his part, Trump made it clear that he was not heeding calls to drop out and hand the nomination to Pence — not from the media, and not from the establishment.
The media and establishment want me out of the race so badly – I WILL NEVER DROP OUT OF THE RACE, WILL NEVER LET MY SUPPORTERS DOWN! #MAGA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2016
Considering much of Trump’s appeal is that he’s not beholden to the establishment, the erosion of support from McCain and company doesn’t seem to be doing much harm — to Trump, that is.
@SenJohnMcCain Nobody really cares John…..
— ΜΕΓΑ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ (@twitswits) October 8, 2016
— Dr. Tabio (@DrTabio29) October 8, 2016
John McCain now, too. But why not before? Why did you endorse him at all? He said you were a loser for being captured and enduring torture.
— Jason Pontin (@jason_pontin) October 8, 2016
@SenJohnMcCain you had no problem before and you knew what he was. What changed?
— Fred Mertz (@S3nt13ntB31ng) October 8, 2016
@SenJohnMcCain Where was your conscience and backbone earlier? Nothing suddenly new about Trump.
— (((Greg Henning))) (@moabgreg1) October 8, 2016
@SenJohnMcCain – were there excuses two days ago? Two weeks? Two months?
Your sudden discovery of your conscience is transparent.
— Crommunist (@Crommunist) October 8, 2016
@SenJohnMcCain You were able to find an excuse for 18 months! Wotcha talking 'bout Willis?
— Old Rant Dump (@TrumpinTheShark) October 8, 2016
@SenJohnMcCain You've been waiting to say this all year, you establishment hack.
— Liberal Film Blogger (@BorgPolitics) October 8, 2016
@SenJohnMcCain You werent voting for him anyway you only said that to win the primary.
— Josh Kusiak (@rarename91) October 8, 2016
@SenJohnMcCain You should have done this months ago. Now this is a cynical calculation,not a brave stance. Now y'all are rats leaving a ship
— Physics and Politics (@bellport_phys) October 8, 2016
@SenJohnMcCain Just to be clear, what he said about PTSD, POWs was no big deal to you? This is your deal breaker? Good to know.
— lauraina2 (@LaurainA2) October 8, 2016
@SenJohnMcCain would love to hear the conversations you had while in the military… We've all said horrible stuff.
— Nate (@_NateCunningham) October 8, 2016
@SenJohnMcCain You lost to Obama because you were weak then & you are weak now. Stay in your liberal prison camp while we continue the fight
— Deplorable TrumpGirl (@AZTrumpGirl) October 8, 2016
— TruthasIcIt1 (@TruthasIcIt1) October 8, 2016