MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Democrats in Minnesota say it’s too late for Republican leaders in the state to distance themselves from Donald Trump, the GOP presidential nominee who was recorded making extremely lewd comments about women.
Ken Martin, the Minnesota DFL party chair, said in a statement Sunday that Republicans in the state, such as Jason Lewis and Stewart Mills, enabled Trump’s “hateful, bigoted, misogynistic comments” as his campaign gained steam this year.
“After months of condoning, embracing, enabling and standing by Donald Trump’s outrageous behavior, Republicans like Erik Paulsen, Jason Lewis, and Stewart Mills act surprised as if this is the first time they were confronted with his completely unacceptable behavior,” Martin said.
On Friday, video was released of Trump making sexually-offensive comments about women during a taping of a segment for the entertainment news show “Access Hollywood” in 2005.
In the wake of the video, Paulsen (who never endorsed Trump) said he wouldn’t be voting for the businessman, and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and House Speaker Kurt Daudt called for their party’s nominee to abandon his presidential campaign.
“Donald Trump’s behavior and comments toward women are unacceptable, and disqualifying for someone who hopes to serve as Commander In Chief,” Daudt said in a statement.
In ads, Democrats have been attacking Republicans such as Paulsen, Lewis and Mills by tying them to Trump.
The controversial video drop comes as the Republican nominee looks to face Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on Sunday night in the second presidential debate.