You can do anything.” This led to a bevy of Republicans abandoning Trump outright – including Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Cory Gardner (R-CO), John McCain (R-AZ), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), John Thune (R-SD), and Governors Robert Bently (R-AL), Dennis Dauggard (R-SD), and Gary Herbert (R-UT).
It led to more Republicans (who either still back Trump or never did) either condemning Trump or stating he should step down – including Governor Charlie Baker (R-MA), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Senator Dean Heller (R-NV), Governor Larry Hogan (R-MD), Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), Carly Fiorina and more.
Trump responded by going to war with the Republican Party, suggesting that he would do his best to hurt the down-ballot candidates – thereby undercutting any supposed interest in the Supreme Court or a wall, given that you need a Senate full of Republicans to accomplish those things.
But it’s pretty clear that Anderson Cooper was setting Trump up for a fall last night with a brutal line of questioning about whether Trump had ever “kiss[ed] women without consent or grope[d] women without consent.” After two demurrals, finally Trump said, “No, I have not.” That will be the story of the week as Democrats and the media trot out tape after tape, woman after woman.
It puts Republicans in the awkward position of having to stick with Trump until the next blow-up.