Local Trump supporters weigh in on lewd comments

Northwest Republicans react to Trump comments

The second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump got going fast and soon the topic everyone seemed to be talking about over the weekend came up.

A video that was taped in 2005 during an Access Hollywood shoot surfaced on Friday. Trump can be heard making lewd comments and talking about groping women.

"I moved on her and I failed. I'll admit it. I did try and f*** her. She was married," said Trump while off camera in the video.

The video has received a lot of attention over the weekend. It didn’t take long for the subject to be addressed in the debate. There was no mistaking it. During the debate, the gloves came off.

“I think it’s clear to anyone who heard it that it represents exactly who he is," said Clinton.

"She talks about words that I said 11 years ago. I think it’s disgraceful and I think she should be ashamed of herself," Trump said.

Despite what Trump said in the video, his supporters say they are still behind him.

“I'm tired of the same old politics,” said Angie Watt who is now retired from the military.

She said she doesn't agree with what Trump said, but people change.

“It's disgraceful what Trump said back in '05 but I do know that men will be men and boys will be boys. It's just embarrassing that it was being taped,” said Watt.

“I really hope dearly in his heart that he’s sorry for what he said,” she continued.

But some Republican voters are rethinking. One man on Facebook said "It has not only changed my vote from Republican to third party, it may well change my party affiliation as well."

Since the video surfaced, many prominent names in the Republican Party have withdrawn their support. But Bill Currier, Chairman of the Oregon Republican Party says the majority of Republicans are sticking with Trump.

“The party certainly can't condone the words he used in that 11-year-old private conversation between two guys. It clearly was not acceptable language,” said Currier.

Still Currier describes Trump as an "agent of change."

“Donald Trump is a man of accomplishment. He’s shown that he can get things done,” said Currier.

He said all the controversy that has surrounded Trump throughout his campaign is partially a result of Americans not being used to honest candidates.

“I think it says a lot about the fact that Americans in recent decades have not been used to a very frank and blunt candidate for president,” Currier said.

On Monday, Republican Congressman Greg Walden released the following statement:

“Of course I condemn Mr. Trump’s comments on women. They were disrespectful and disgusting, and not representative of the Republican Party I grew up in and have worked hard to support and grow.  While some aren’t surprised by his behavior, it’s clear he and he alone is responsible for his actions and statements. My focus continues to be on serving the people of southern, central, and eastern Oregon, and maintaining a Republican majority in the House so we can get the country on a better path."

In addition to reaching out to Congressman Walden and the Oregon Republican Party, KGW also emailed every Republican in the Oregon Legislature. We only received a handful of responses back.

Senator Brian Boquist (R-Dallas) said in an email that not much has changed his opinion since August. He’s voting for Trump, but realizes the President of the United States is not all powerful.  

Staff with Representative Knute Buehler (R-Bend) said Buehler’s opposition to Trump has been well documented. In a Facebook post from August of 2015 he denounced Trump.

"I enjoyed the Republican Presidential debate. We have a great field of qualified candidates. But we won’t grow a bigger, better GOP - especially in Oregon - if we have an angry, self-absorbed nominee who is better at insulting women and Hispanics than offering serious solutions for America’s future. Donald Trump is uninformed, out of touch and has no place as a leader of the Republican Party. If he doesn’t drop out, I hope Republican voters in early primary states will reject him. For Republicans to win nationally and here in Oregon, we need a Presidential nominee and GOP that is positive, inclusive and hopeful," said Buehler in the post.

A staffer for Representative Vic Gilliam (R-Silverton) said, “While he is aware of the current presidential election "circus", his focus of concern as a state level legislator, is on hopefully returning the Oregon House to a balance that better represents all parts of our great state."

Staff with Representatives Mark Johnson (R-Hood River) and Bill Kennemer (R-Oregon City), responded back to say they were unavailable.

Shane Bemis, Mayor of Gresham also spoke out against Trump on Twitter. Over the weekend he said “This was my advice to the RNC in August- "spending money on Donald Trump is like buying coffin nails by the crate.”

But for now many Trump supporters are standing their ground. While Watt said she wishes both candidates were better at answering questions during the second presidential debate, she said she’s not voting for Clinton because she doesn’t trust her, especially on the heels of the email controversy.

“We’re so focused on this video tape that was released. How about the WikiLeaks about Hillary’s emails,” said Watt.

“I'm not going to flop to Hillary. I mean it would take an act of God for that to happen,” said Watt.

KGW


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