BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — It’s been a roller coaster weekend for Republican nominee, Donald Trump. Since tapes were released Friday, revealing a 2005 conversation he had while taping a segment for “Access Hollywood,” he’s been on the defensive.
The tapes revealed the GOP nominee making lewd comments about women, including saying that could get away with groping women because of his celebrity status.
The release of these remarks caused a number of high-profile Republicans to pull their endorsements of the candidate, including here in Alabama. Governor Robert Bentley and Rep. Bradley Byrne both said they won’t vote for Trump. Martha Roby, a representative from Montgomery, urged Trump to step down in favor of his running mate, Mike Pence.
However, not everyone is outraged enough by Trump’s comments to pull their support. We spoke to women around Central Alabama on Monday at the Jefferson County GOP’s “Meet the Candidates” forum, who said they were Republicans and Trump supporters. We asked the voters if Trump’s comments made them think twice about voting for him.
“As a Republican woman, I’m not bothered so much about the comments that were made 11 years ago,” said Teresa Hester, a candidate for District Judge. “I’m more concerned about the actions people have taken in the past year or so.”
Others at the forum stated that they believed Trump’s behavior was more common than it had been portrayed to be.
“I do know that there are a lot of, as he said, talk that men do, but I also know there is a lot of talk that women do,” said voter Lynn Sample. “Talk is something that has nothing really to do with our policies.”
On Monday, GOP State Chairwoman Terry Lathan released a statement, saying in part, “Donald Trump is the Republican nominee that our primary voters chose in record breaking numbers, fully aware of his past and style. He is the also the one person to stop Hillary Clinton and halt the liberal erosion of our nation.”
What do you think? If you are a woman in the Republican party, let us know your feelings about Trump’s comments and how they will affect your voting in November in the poll below.