As Twitchy reported, after the release of the lewd #TrumpTapes last week, literally dozens of Republican legislators and other high-profile party leaders jumped from the Trump Train over the weekend. Some withdrew their endorsements, while others demanded that Donald Trump step aside and leave the nomination to Mike Pence.
While support from politicians eroded, many evangelical leaders made it clear that they were sticking with Trump in spite of his comments about women.
J. Falwell Jr, James Dobson, Ralph Reed, Pat Robertson — all standing behind Trump, even after the p-grab talk. Goodbye, #ReligiousRight
— Rod Dreher (@roddreher) October 10, 2016
Kingdom of Heaven 0 https://t.co/sigV2Qi6KR
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) October 10, 2016
— Angela Milanese (@AngelaMilanese) October 10, 2016
— Michial Farmer (@MichialFarmer) October 10, 2016
— Maria Daponte (@MariaDaponte1) October 10, 2016
— Julie Young (@featuremom) October 11, 2016
It's hypocrites like Jerry Falwell, James Dobson, Ralph Reed and Pat Robertson who helped make me think there probably isn't a god. https://t.co/uEGoDUev3W
— Jason (@NevAriJason) October 10, 2016
@roddreher Yes, it's wrong to cheat on your spouse & have an affair. But sexual assault is "macho" and acceptable? Hypocrites and con men.
— Pence2020 (@Fackingfulcans) October 10, 2016
Those who characterized Trump’s comments not as simple “locker room talk” but as sexual assault certainly weren’t going to be happy with one-time presidential hopeful Pat Robertson concluding his words were just “macho” posturing.
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) October 10, 2016
— Glenda L Schroeder (@gracberk) October 10, 2016
Pat Robertson says that it's "macho" to talk about sexual assault. This is the same guy who says that wives should be hit by their husbands
— Packers (3-1) (@ShomahKhoobi) October 10, 2016
— Mary C Simmons (@Ecofantasy) October 10, 2016
— LV McF (@Chitown1216) October 10, 2016
Dr. James Dobson found Trump’s comments “deplorable” of all things, but still concluded that a Trump presidency would be preferable to a Clinton one.
Statement from James Dobson on Trump tape (Dobson is founder of Focus on the Family and a member of Trump's religious advisory board) pic.twitter.com/7TvDAQsh5e
— Ashley Killough (@KilloughCNN) October 10, 2016
@KilloughCNN Though far from a follower now, I grew up listening to his radio shows. He seemed like a gentle man. This deeply saddens me.
— Cindy Hancock (@chancock22) October 10, 2016
— etiennenne (@etiennenne) October 10, 2016
— Steve1245 (@SphallSteve1245) October 10, 2016
— Chuck Conway (@cbcon2) October 10, 2016
It’s no surprise that even the youngest of these evangelical leaders is in his 50s, and there’s not much of a bench to freshen the lineup. Barack Obama won’t be around for press photographers to frame inside of a halo, but maybe President Hillary will lapse into her Southern preacher accent every now and then when she starts sermonizing from the Oval Office.
Liberals and #NeverTrump conservatives alike aren’t wasting the opportunity to call them out on their hypocrisy, but they’re stuck with the same choices for president as the rest of the country — and heaven only knows how quickly progressives would have destroyed someone like Rick Santorum for his own participation in the GOP’s “War on Women,” tapes or no tapes.