By Danny Emerman (Online Editor-in-Chief).
Presidential nominee Donald Trump has declared himself freed from the “shackles” of the Republican party amid a myriad of defections of senators, governors, and congressmen.
In the wake of a grotesque video that surfaced last week of Trump bragging about his sexual habits with women, Trump has lost the support of many politicians who previously endorsed him.
History teacher Mr. Fazzio says that although it is unlikely Trump gets elected, his lack of bipartisan support hinders his legitimacy as a politician.
“You can’t get anything done without bipartisan cooperation, without being able to work together,” Fazzio said. “He doesn’t strike me as the kind of person who brings people together. I would say, even if we was lucky enough to get elected, (which seems unlikely at this point) he would be hard-pressed to get anything accomplished.”
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R) separated himself from the nominee by saying he would no longer defend Trump. He did not, however, rescind his endorsement.
Whether Trump was ever a true Republican candidate is up for debate, but now he looks more like an independent nominee than ever. SHS senior Sammy Kirshenbaum says that Trump does not represent the traditional Republican at all.
“I think at this point, he has established himself as more of a Populist than a Republican anyways. I think his chances as a true, red-blooded candidate are over,” Kirshenbaum said.
In the video obtained by The Washington Post, Trump detailed how he can “do anything” with women because he’s a star.
Fazzio calls Trump’s comments on the video “lewd” and “inappropriate.
“What he said was inappropriate. Is he the only guy out there who has made those kind of stupid, lewd comments? No. But we’re talking about someone who is supposed to be a role model and supposed to be representing the country,” Fazzio said.
Trump later attributed the crude comments to “locker-room banter” and spun the situation on Bill Clinton.
“This was locker-room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course — not even close,” Trump said in a statement. “I apologize if anyone was offended.”
In wake of the video, Trump is focusing his campaign on the Clinton’s marital history. At the second debate, Trump attacked Bill Clinton’s extramarital actions and brought his “victims” to the event.
“If you look at Bill Clinton, far worse. Mine were words, and his was action. What he’s done to women, there’s never been anybody in the history of politics in this nation that’s been so abusive to women,” Trump said.
Election forecasting website FiveThirtyEight gives Hillary Clinton an 84% chance at becoming America’s next President as of October 11.