Legendary business icon and former GE CEO Jack Welch called for the Republican Party to immediately dump Donald Trump as the nominee for the party, following the release of a damning video in which the Republican nominee is shown cavalierly bragging about making unwanted sexual advances toward women and getting away with it because of his celebrity status.
Welch said he liked the Republican message on issues like the economy, national security, and filling future Supreme Court justices, but said that Donald Trump was the “wrong messenger” and that the party must replace him “now.”
Welch made his proclamation on Twitter on Saturday, joining dozens of Republican leaders who have either unendorsed Trump or urged him to drop out — or both.
Like Republican message on Economy, Security and Supreme Court…Unfortunately, wrong messenger…Party must change nominee now.
— Jack Welch (@jack_welch) October 8, 2016
Some Trump cult leaders, like Rudy Giuliani and Newt Gingrich, were downplaying Trump bragging about forcing himself on women — when he was pushing 60-years-old in 2005 — or ridiculing those turning on Trump, in the case of Gingrich.
Gingrich called those repulsed by the Trump Tapes a “lynch mob” and said that they were “bedwetters” who have “egg on their face” following Trump’s improved debate performance as if that somehow erased the contents of the tape in which Trump boasted about “grabbing” women by the “pussy.”
Giuliani actually joked about the matter at a campaign rally for Trump on Monday, furthering the Trump narrative that the tapes simply showed crass “locker room” talk to downplay the language used.
Giuliani accused Clinton of selling “20% of our uranium to Russia” to enrich herself.
“Do you know how much money the Clintons got for that? Over $100 million in money for the Clinton Foundation,” Giuliani said. “Boy, that is as phony as, I can’t say the word because I have to be nice. I might say it back in the locker room.”
“This was locker room talk,” Trump said during the second presidential debate on Sunday. “I’m not proud of it. I apologize to my family. I apologize to the American people. Certainly, I’m not proud of it. But this is locker room talk.”