Donald Trump asked a moderator to give him 25 seconds to refute Hillary Clinton during Sunday’s presidential debate, but it’s clear that Trump is running out of time.
Women are calling Trump “sickening;” House Speaker Paul Ryan is refusing to campaign with Trump or defend him; 36 Republicans have abandoned Trump and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice flat-out said Trump should quit the presidential race.
“Enough! Donald Trump should not be President. He should withdraw,” Rice tweeted. “As a Republican, I hope to support someone who has the dignity and stature to run for the highest office in the greatest democracy on earth.”
Trump is gradually becoming a man without a viable candidacy. Clinton now is leading Trump by 11 points nationally, according to a new CNN poll, and Trump’s constant self-inflicting wounds are catching up with him.
The billionaire blowhard has dismissed his lewd 2005 video as “locker room talk” and said the 11-year-old hot microphone moment does not reflect how he feels about women today.
And Trump’s new ad showing Clinton falling as she enters an SUV and questioning her “stamina” for to be president is absolutely shameful. Now Trump has alienated even more Americans.
But the videotape of Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women will certainly doom his bigoted candidacy.
“I moved on her, and I failed. I’ll admit it,” Trump is heard saying about anchor Nancy O’Dell in 2005 during after an interview on Access Hollywood.
“I did try and f— her. She was married,” Trump says.
Trump continues: “And I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, ‘I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture.’”
“You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait,” Trump said. “And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything.”
He added: “Grab them by the p—-. You can do anything.”
With four weeks left before Election Day, Trump’s path to victory is becoming more precarious. He is losing Clinton in key battleground states and some women who once supported Trump are dumping him.
And now Trump says he is no longer bound by “shackles” since House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) claims he will not campaign with Trump or defend the GOP nominee moving forward.
“It’s is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to,” Trump said.
Does this mean Trump will return to insulting people or color? And who put the “shackles” on Trump in the first place?
“Our very weak and ineffective leader, Paul Ryan, had a bad conference call where his members went wild at his disloyalty,” Trump tweeted.
Ryan’s office responded with a terse statement: “Paul Ryan is focusing the next month on defeating Democrats, and all Republicans running for office should probably do the same.”
Trump’s path to win the White House in November is filled with obstacles and he’ll need to win Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania where Clinton is now ahead.
Instead of promising to be shackle-free, perhaps Trump should start crafting his concession tweet.
What do you think?