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The Art of the Disaster: How Donald Trump’s Words May have Cost Him the Election

After a surreptitiously recorded conversation from 2005 was illegally released, between Donald Trump and entertainer Billy Bush was exposed, the following public persons reacted in ways revealing and shocking.

An analysis follows:

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk: “Donald Trump should drop out. The GOP should engage rules for emergency replacement.”

Former New York governor and GOP presidential candidate George E. Pataki: “I’m horrified by Trump tape news. Trump campaign is a poisonous mix of bigotry and ignorance. Enough!  He needs to step down.”

National political director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and former director of the Division of Political Education at the Republican National Committee Rob Engstrom: “Trump should step down immediately tonight, yielding to Governor Pence as the GOP Nominee.”

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz: “I’m out.”

Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert: “Donald Trump’s statements are beyond offensive and despicable. While I cannot vote for Hillary Clinton, I will not vote for Trump.”

Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock: “Donald Trump should step aside and allow our party to replace him.  I cannot in good conscience vote for Trump.”

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse: “Character matters. Donald Trump is obviously not going to win. But he can still make an honorable move: Step aside and let Mike Pence try.”

Former Utah Gov. John Huntsman: “In a campaign cycle that has been nothing but a race to the bottom at such a critical moment for our nation and with so many who have tried to be respectful of a record primary vote, the time has come for Governor Pence to lead the ticket.”

Utah Sen. Mike Lee: “Donald Trump is a distraction. Time for him to step aside so we can focus on winning ideas that will carry Republicans to a victory in November.”

Alabama Rep. Martha Roby: “Donald Trump’s behavior makes him unacceptable as a candidate for president, and I won’t vote for him. As disappointed as I’ve been with his antics throughout this campaign, I thought supporting the nominee was the best thing for our country and our party. Now, it is abundantly clear that the best thing for our country and our party is for Trump to step aside and allow a responsible, respectable Republican to lead the ticket. Hillary Clinton must not be president, but, with Trump leading the ticket, she will be.”

Former GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, “Donald Trump does not represent me or my party. I understand the responsibility of Republicans to support their nominee. Our nominee has weighty responsibilities as well. Donald Trump has manifestly failed in these responsibilities. Today I ask Donald Trump to step aside and for the RNC to replace him with Gov. Mike Pence.”

New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte: “I wanted to be able to support my party’s nominee, chosen by the people because I feel strongly that we need a change in direction for our country. However, I’m a mom and an American first, and I cannot and will not support a candidate for president who brags about degrading and assaulting women. I will not be voting for Donald Trump or [Democrat] Hillary Clinton and instead will be writing in [GOP vice presidential nominee] Governor Mike Pence for president on Election Day.”

Radio host Hugh Hewitt: “For the benefit of the country, the party and his family, and for his own good, Donald Trump should withdraw. More and worse coming.”

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo: “I have reached the decision that I can no longer endorse Donald Trump. This is not a decision that I have reached lightly, but his pattern of behavior has left me no choice. His repeated actions and comments toward women have been disrespectful, profane and demeaning. Make no mistake we need conservative leadership in the White House. I urge Donald Trump to step aside and allow the Republican party to put forward a conservative candidate like Mike Pence who can defeat Hillary Clinton.”

West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito: “As a woman, a mother and a grandmother to three young girls, I am deeply offended by Mr. Trump’s remarks and there is no excuse for the disgusting and demeaning language. Women have worked hard to gain the dignity and respect we deserve. The appropriate next step may be for him to reexaming his candidacy.”

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake: “He needs to withdraw from the race.”

Nevada Rep. Joe Heck: “I believe any candidate for President of the United States should campaign with common ethical and moral values and decency. I accept that none of us are perfect. However, I can no longer look past this pattern of behavior and inappropriate comments from Donald Trump. Therefore, I cannot, in good conscience, continue to support him nor can I vote for Hillary Clinton.”

South Dakota Sen. John Thune: “Donald Trump should withdraw and Mike Pence should be our nominee effective immediately.”

South Dakota Sen. Dennis Daugaard: “Enough is enough. Donald Trump should withdraw in favor of Governor Mike Pence. This election is too important.”

Utah Rep. Mia Love: “His behavior and bravado have reached a new low. I cannot vote for him.”

2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney: “I was offended and dismayed by what was said and done by Mr. Trump. I think it’s degrading to our women, to our daughters, our granddaughters, to future generations.”

Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger: “For the first time since I became a citizen in 1983, I will not vote for the Republican candidate for president.”

Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan: “We need national leaders who can lead by example [on combating sexual assault and domestic violence.] The reprehensible revelations about Donald Trump have shown that he can’t. Therefore, I am withdrawing my support for his candidacy.”

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty: “Although I’d hoped he could have risen to the occasion, it’s clear is unwilling or unable to demonstrate even the most basic level of discipline, character and judgement necessary to lead our great nation. He is unsound, uninformed, unhinged and unfit to be president of the United States and I am withdrawing my support for him.”

Former presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich: “It’s clear that he hasn’t changed and has no interest in doing so. As a result, Donald Trump is a man I cannot and should not support… I will not vote for a nominee who has behaved in a manner that reflects so poorly on our country. Our country deserves better.”

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski: “I cannot and will not support Donald Trump for president. He has forfeited the right to be our party’s nominee.”

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner: “If Donald Trump wishes to defeat Hillary Clinton, he should do the only thing that will allow us to do so – step aside.”

Pence withdraws from a GOP event: ‘I do not condone’ Trump’s remarks

Analysis:  Apparently all of these people have forgotten high school. I have written and produced for men like Donald Trump, and while they may not have been in the billionaire class, even adjusting for inflation, they were wealthy beyond the point where money is considered. Whatever they want, they get.  All, save one, were deeply flawed in one to several respects. I believe their talents come in return for their not having something most people possess.  They were unbalanced, brilliant, but flawed.  However…

This may be the price of having the incredible talents needed to be President.  We have not seen such talents in a long time, maybe since Lincoln or even Washington; they are that rare.  America is at a time where such talents are more than needed.  They are required as this country is in more trouble in many ways than it ever has been.  That so many of our elected people cannot see what is needed only confirms our compounded problem.  We are now at the mercy of the masses.  May they have the sense of proportion and judgment so many have here documented they do not.

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Adrian Vance

Adrian Vance is a writer and producer of educational films, filmstrips and audio programs with over 325 productions from script to screen. See a partial list of my credits at http://worldcat.org . And, have written for ten national magazines, been on the masthead of two as an Editor, done a dozen books and am an FCC licensed broadcaster with ten years of on-air experience in radio and television. See my blog, "The Two Minute Conservative" at http://adrianvance.blogspot.com where you will find over 3200 daily pieces, enough material to produce 25 novel length books.

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