Kim Weaver | 10/11016
By now I’m sure you’ve seen and heard the tape of Donald Trump bragging about getting away with sexually assaulting women because he’s a Big Star. It’s been days since it was released, yet it’s still hard to believe - and yet not hard to believe at all. Such is the state of politics in 2016, the year the Republican Party became The Party of Trump.
Over the past four days since the tape was released, dozens of Republicans from all across the country, at all levels of government, have condemned the remarks, and many of them have rescinded their support. Campaign events are being cancelled, statements are being released containing phrases like “enough is enough” and “I can no longer support,” and the RNC has reportedly pulled financial support for the presidential race and redirected that money down ticket. My opponent, though, has cowardly remained silent...until today.
In an interview with Chris Cuomo on CNN this morning, Steve King said he’s “sticking with” Trump, describing the lewd remarks as “things people said back in college.”
The response of many of us as we watch Republicans fleeing this sinking ship has understandably been, “What took you so long?!” Still, at least admission of sexual assault is a bridge too far for a growing number of GOP politicians. Not for Steve King, though.
Steve King has always put party before country. Today he put party before his wife, his daughters-in-law, his granddaughters, and all of the women of Iowa, the United States, and the world. Send a message to Mr. King that you stand with women, that Donald Trump’s comments are unacceptable and indefensible, and “standing with” Trump most certainly does not represent Iowa values - or the “Christian values” that he likes to stand on with such ceremony.