The ripple effect from lewd comments made over a decade ago is dividing some republican support for Donald Trump.
Alabama Congressman Bradley Byrne was among those condemning the republican nominee and asking that he step aside and let his running mate take over the race for the white house. “I deplore what he said, totally unacceptable and not becoming of someone who wants to be president of the United states.”
On Wednesday, a clarification. “I never said I was not going to support the republican ticket. So, I’m completely consistent when I say I’m going to support the republican ticket. I’m not back-tracking at all. I will vote for the straight republican ticket and if he is at the top of the ticket, which it looks like he will be, yes.”
The renewed support is welcomed by Trump supporters. “I think it was a knee-jerk reaction and I’m glad to see he’s going to vote for Trump.”
As many as a hundred people a day visit Trump headquarters in Foley. Gayle Hart has heard it all since the controversy began. “People are very vocal and they’re saying they will not listen to the national media and they’re very upset with some of the politicians.”
Byrne says that is to be expected this late in the race. “There is a lot of internal turmoil but I believe we are absolutely united in trying to turn out as many people as we can to vote because voter turnout is critical here.”
Republican senators from Nebraska and South Dakota who also condemned Trump over the weekend have now said they will still back the republican ticket.