By Robert Mann
The presidential nominee each Louisiana Republican leader has endorsed was exposed on Friday afternoon bragging about committing sexual assault.
As first reported by the Washington Post,
Donald Trump bragged in vulgar terms about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women during a 2005 conversation caught on a hot microphone — saying that “when you’re a star, they let you do it” . . .
“I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it,” Trump is heard saying. It was unclear when the events he was describing took place. The tape was recorded several months after he married his third wife, Melania.
“Whoa,” another voice said.
“I did try and f— her. She was married,” Trump says.
So, how did GOP members of the Louisiana congressional delegation and those running for U.S. Senate respond to the latest shocking news about Trump? Pretty much the way they’ve responded to every other disgusting revelation: Mostly, they ignored it, undoubtedly hoping you and I will forget that they have endorsed Trump and are too cowardly to withdraw their support.
These men — and they are all men — never wavered in their support of Trump after he mocked a disabled journalist. They stood by Trump when he attacked war hero and former POW Sen. John McCain for being “captured” in Vietnam. They stayed with him when he insulted, repeatedly, the Gold Star parents of a dead soldier. They stuck with Trump after he made racist remarks about Mexicans and demanded a total ban on Muslim immigration.
They never expressed concern about Trump’s long history of misogyny. And when the news broke last weekend that Trump lost $916 million in a single year (1995) and probably didn’t pay income taxes for 15 years, they said nothing.
So why would anyone think that these men would be outraged over Trump’s latest outrage? They’ve tolerated him for this long, so why should anything change?
Even as the Republican governor of Utah and a handful of U.S senators and representatives called for Trump to step down as the GOP nominee (it’s not going to happen), Louisiana’s delegation stands by Trump.
As of Saturday morning, only two prominent Louisiana Republicans — Sen. Bill Cassidy and Rep. Charles Boustany (also a candidate for U.S. Senate) — felt enough indignation to condemn Trump’s lewd comments and his disgusting behavior.
But they did so quietly on Twitter. They issued no formal statements and neither revoked his endorsement of the nominee who admitted on tape that he often committed sexual assault and got away with it. [Late morning Saturday, after this post was published, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said in a statement: “Women deserve to be treated with respect. Period. Considering the nature of his comments, Donald should make a direct apology.” It doesn’t appear that Scalise withdrew his endorsement of Trump.]
Meanwhile, Republican Senate candidate David Duke defended Trump on Twitter.
I’ve been saying for months that the time was fast approaching when Republicans will get no credit for finally denouncing Trump (if they ever do).
While Sens. David Vitter and Bill Cassidy and Reps. Charles Boustany, Garret Graves, Steve Scalise, John Fleming and Ralph Abraham should renounce Trump and withdraw their endorsement of him, the record will show that, instead, these men passed up countless opportunities to do so.
That is to their everlasting shame and disgrace, regardless of what they do today or next week.
In addition the congressional delegation, each Republican running to replace David Vitter in the U.S. Senate should be asked if he continues to support Trump.
If they remain with Trump, they are guilty of supporting for president a racist, a bigot, a misogynistic and, now, an admitted sexual predator.
One day, their grandchildren will ask them where they stood on Trump. Based on what they have demonstrated so far, they can only hang their heads in shame.