Republican Base Outraged By Flight From Trump

UPDATE #4: Colorado GOP chairman Steve House re-kisses the ring:



UPDATE #3: Denver7’s Mark Belcher reports:

After calling on the Republican nominee for President to step aside, U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn has gone back on his decision to not vote for Donald Trump.

Glenn, who is a Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Colorado, said through a spokeswoman on Saturday that he would not vote Donald Trump…

Zelinger asked for clarification from his spokeswoman. In a text message she replied, “He will not vote for Donald Trump.”

On Monday, Glenn backed off of that stance, saying he may meet with Donald Trump to discuss his comments made public last Friday, which were a focus at the second Presidential debate.

…It appears Trump’s comments in the debate may have helped Glenn along after his camp solidly said he would not vote for the candidate.

“He needed to do what he did during the debate,” Glenn said. “Number one, he needed to apologize and accept personal responsibility for that. He did that.”


Glenn appeared on FOX News today saying as much:

UPDATE #2: The backlash from Trump supporters appears to be growing. As Ernest Luning reports, diehard Trump backers are now walking away…from the Republican Party:

UPDATE: That didn’t take long–Colorado GOP U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn becomes the first Colorado Republican to backpedal his two-day-old rejection of Donald Trump:

Just to be 100% clear, this was Glenn on Saturday:

Where it stops, nobody knows. We assume Election Day.



Donald Trump (R).

Donald Trump (R).

Our friend Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post reports on the state the Republican Party finds itself in after a disastrous weekend of revelations about Donald Trump and his “rapey” views about women and his own sexual entitlement, followed by a debate last night in which Trump nevertheless did not completely fold up like an accordion:

If Donald Trump had bombed in Sunday night’s second presidential debate, the rest of the 2016 campaign would have been made simple for Republicans who have never really known what to do with him. They would have disowned him in droves, insisting that his recently revealed comments about women coupled with the sort of campaign he has run to date disqualifies him as the party’s nominee…

But Trump didn’t bomb. Or, at least, he didn’t bomb in the eyes of the Republican base who, almost to a person, insisted he had won the debate going away — thanks to his willingness to take on Bill Clinton’s infidelity, Hillary Clinton’s alleged lies and, of course, the bias of the media. Many conservatives had been waiting 20+ years for someone to tell the Clintons to their face just how terrible they really are. And Trump did it.

What Trump didn’t do, of course, was find any sort of message that might appeal to undecided voters or to women — especially white women — who remain deeply skeptical of him. He won among conservatives by — willingly or not — losing among the swing voters he needs.

What we’re seeing here is the widening disconnect between an increasingly imbubbled Republican base and the rest of American society. While an overwhelmingly majority of Americans were horrified by Trump’s recorded comments, persuading by far the largest herd yet of vulnerable Republicans to condemn Trump, Trump’s hard-core base of support was unfazed–or even more resolved to support him against the “liberal attack machine.” The conservative media was quick to reinforce the base’s dismissal of Trump’s words by drawing any false equivalencies they could to muddy the waters.

Combine that with Trump’s debate performance yesterday, also widely perceived as alienating to women voters by the majority of American society but praised by Trump’s base as an example of him “hanging tough,” and what you have today is a Republican Party in total chaos. A new poll today from NBC, taken since Trump’s remarks became public, says that fully 67% of Republicans want their candidates to continue backing Trump.

That’s 67% of the Republican base who are now enraged at Mike Coffman, Darryl Glenn, and every other Republican candidate who rushed to abandon Trump last Friday. What’s unfolding is exactly what Coffman was afraid of, and why he held off from taking a definitive stand against Trump for so long. To condemn Trump risks loss of support from too many voters that Coffman needs, and the support he nets back in return isn’t enough to make it a good bargain. Coffman finally made a choice after months of damaging stalling on the question while the press became increasingly impatient.

And even though Coffman both politically and morally had to do this, it may not save him. Coming so late in the game further limits the support he wins from “Never Trump” undecideds, and Trump’s “recovery” after last night’s debate with the Republican base leaves Coffman’s decision looking rash and premature to his base supporters.

When we look back after the election, it may well be that there was no right choice.

23 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. bullshit! says:

    Oh Darryl. Do you even realize how many fellow Republicans you just fucked over?

    • Moderatus says:

      None. Darryl Glenn speaks for himself and himself alone.

      • FrankUnderwood says:

        Good to see you're back up on your feet and have rejoined us. That headache you've had since Friday evening start to subside?

        • Moderatus says:

          I'm feeling great. I'm immune to fake Democrat scandals, and I'm not alone.

          • Davie says:

            That's right!  We just invented the image of Donald Trump as a grotesque sexual predator with ambitions of becoming Putin's right-hand stooge because we are tired of democracy and just want a banana republic dictator to take control of our lives so we don't have to think for ourselves.  

            You just got there a few years ahead of us!

          • BlueCat says:

            The perfect troll. Just laid low until the dust settled.

            So are you going to denounce Coffman and all the others who jumped ship? Or are you confident that they'll follow Glenn's example and find an excuse to climb back on? The water's really cold? Trump's apology was really great? Unlike Bill he really deserves all that grace and forgiveness so I'm not appalled anymore and happy to vote for him?

            About that dust settling, though. You do know it's completely buried any chances your team had to take back the WH? Or do you really believe the LA Times is the only pollster who has it right? Does mommy come down to the basement to read the LA Times poll results to you at nighty night time to send you off to sweet dreams?angel

            Nighty night, little modster.

      • BlueCat says:

        We agree again! None! Because Glenn is so completely irrelevant who cares whether he's on or off the Trump bandwagon. Why is he even  bothering?

  2. Hellwig says:

    Good to see that Darryl is as dedicated to his "principled positions" as he was to his wife.

  3. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    I was proud to be a R.A.T. in February

    I was proud to be a R.A.T. in July

    I'm proud to be a R.A.T. in October.

    Republican Against Trump.    C.H.B.

  4. Darryl Glenn's idea of an apology for Trump's statement and mine are apparently different.

  5. itlduso says:

    So, he was for him before he was against him before he was for him?

  6. Majority Moderate says:

    Oh Darryl, just please just SHUT UP!

    Most people from Colorado, when they hear a quote from you, is to ask "Who is Darryl Glenn?"

    And for those who are paying attention, you are trying your best to personally destroy any chance of Republicans having a viable presence in this State for a generation.

  7. FrankUnderwood says:

    So Eric Trump, Steve House and Moderatus are standing shoulder to shoulder on this? Now THAT is party unity!

  8. VoterEmoter says:

    Spokesman Sean Spicer for the Republican National Committee said he is not sure if grabbing someone’s genitals is sexual assault. (TWS/TheHill)  ….also Sen. Sessions said the same thing. (

    Is there ambiguity among Republicans on what sexual assault is?  If so, the GOP deserves its fate.  Maybe you can regroup and figure out what your principles are.


    • JohnInDenver says:

      It is true: the mandatory HR training I've received during my years as a professor and then as a corporate wage earner did not explicitly say that grabbing a woman's pussy was sexual assault or harassment. Perhaps there needs to be some basics incorporated so even Sean Spicer and Senator Sessions will be clear. 

      I understand there are some lesson sets for 5 and 6 year olds that explain that people shouldn't touch any part of you covered by a bathing suit, and if they do, you should tell mommy, daddy or your teacher. Perhaps those basics could work for the RNC.


  9. Zappatero says:

    George Will demolishes his own Republican Party and the sick man – Donald J. Trump Sr. – they propelled to its nomination:

    What did Donald Trump have left to lose Sunday night? His dignity? Please. His campaign’s theme? His Cleveland convention was a mini-Nuremberg rally for Republicans whose three-word recipe for making America great again was the shriek “Lock her up!” This presaged his banana-republican vow to imprison his opponent.

    The St. Louis festival of snarls was preceded by the release of a tape that merely provided redundant evidence of what Trump is like when he is being his boisterous self. Nevertheless, the tape sent various Republicans, who until then had discovered nothing to disqualify Trump from the presidency, into paroxysms of theatrical, tactical and synthetic dismay.

    Again, the tape revealed nothing about this arrested-development adolescent that today’s righteously recoiling Republicans either did not already know or had no excuse for not knowing. 

    Grassroots Republicans supporting Trump, who were funded by the Koch Brothers under the guise of an organic Tea Party, and who've been whipped into a rabid frenzy  over the years by the Republican Media Machine, the NRA, and a self-reinforcing hyperbaric chamber of lies (Do both sides have that? No.-ed.) can now see without a scintilla of doubt that Establishment Republicans, mostly in DC, do not give one fuck about immigration, outsourced jobs, abortion and a host of other issues that they pretended to care about for so many years.

     Trump should stay atop the ticket, for four reasons. First, he will give the nation the pleasure of seeing him join the one cohort, of the many cohorts he disdains, that he most despises — “losers.” Second, by continuing to campaign in the spirit of St. Louis, he can remind the nation of the useful axiom that there is no such thing as rock bottom. Third, by persevering through Nov. 8 he can simplify the GOP’s quadrennial exercise of writing its post-campaign autopsy, which this year can be published Nov. 9 in one sentence: “Perhaps it is imprudent to nominate a venomous charlatan.” Fourth, Trump is the GOP’s chemotherapy, a nauseating but, if carried through to completion, perhaps a curative experience.

    That George Will isn't a completely partisan moron is ok with me. Republican Electeds will now get the excess wrath that is now going to Hillary, and it will come to them as Hillary does her job and the outrage machine makes its usual adjustments and loses its audience further. 

    Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, et al. will feel the heat. 

    Will loyal listeners of Hate Radio continue to put their faith in snake oil salesman who've been lying to them day after day, year after year, with the idea that America has been ruined by Democrats and Liberals and Progressives who continue to get things done?

  10. mamajama55 says:

    "Imbubbled", Pols?

    What we’re seeing here is the widening disconnect between an increasingly imbubbled Republican base and the rest of American society.

    I get it…it's a word that should exist to describe this situation.

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