Just about anyone and everyone has been talking about the controversial Donald Trump tape that was — conveniently — leaked Friday, just in time for the GOP nominee’s second debate with Hillary Clinton.
The remarks contained on the 11-year-old tape sparked intense discussion among members of the Republican Party, with many individuals — such as House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. John McCain — yanking their endorsement or support of the real estate mogul.
In fact, rumors swirled rampantly that Mike Pence, Trump’s VP pick, was so appalled by the comments he was ready to drop out of the race, however, it turned out that wasn’t the case at all.
And today, removing any remaining doubt, Gov. Pence came out in his first campaign event since the controversy erupted Friday and delivered an unmistakable message. As USA Today reports: Donald Trump showed last night that he’s a big man,” Pence said in his first campaign event since he canceled a Saturday appearance and said he couldn’t defend Trump’s comments about women captured on a 2005 videotape.
Pence said before Sunday’s debate that Trump needed to show “what is in his heart.” And, Pence said Monday, Trump did just that.
“Then he fought back and turned the focus to the choice that we face,” Pence said to cheers from the crowd of approximately 300. “I’m proud to stand with Donald Trump.”
Pence said Christians are inspired to live godly lives, “but we all fall short.”
“I don’t condone what was said, and I spoke out against it. But the other part of my faith is, I believe in grace,” Pence said. “I’ve received it. I believe in it. I believe in forgiveness.”
Pence isn’t the only one fully committed to standing by Donald Trump. Many evangelical leaders have also come out saying the comments made on the tape have not convinced them to abandon the GOP nominee. From The Christian Monitor:
The “grossly inappropriate language” in the Trump video “does not change the reality of the choice facing this country,” Gary Bauer, founder of the Campaign for Working Families PAC, said in a statement.
“Hillary Clinton is committed to enacting policies that will erode religious liberty, promote abortion, make our country less safe, and leave our borders unprotected,” said Mr. Bauer, a veteran of the Reagan administration and a GOP presidential candidate in 2000. Mrs. Clinton will continue economic policies that are “destroying” the American working class and middle class, he added.
Ralph Reed, former leader of the Christian Coalition and head of Trump’s religious advisory board, took the same approach – decry Trump’s language, but defend his candidacy, in the name of the policy choices Trump represents versus those of Clinton.
“People of faith are voting on issues like who will protect unborn life, defend religious freedom, grow the economy, appoint conservative judges and oppose the Iran nuclear deal,” Mr. Reed said in an email to The Washington Post.
While it’s certainly understandable why many folks are offended by Trump’s statements, the bottom line remains that there’s much at stake in this election, and it goes well beyond the inappropriate words a man uttered over a decade ago.
Most conservatives and Republicans are focused on the fact that while Trump does sometimes say harsh or crass things, Hillary’s actions — which are more indicative of a person’s character than words — involving Benghazi where people died, and her various other corruptions, are far more concerning.
And, contrary to what we’re all told by the leftist media in this country, it’s totally possible to denounce awful statements made by an individual, without completely abandoning one’s position.
Pence demonstrated he’s a man who keeps his commitments by not bailing on Trump in the middle of a massive controversy, which speaks tons about his character.
In reality, the timing of the release of this tape should raise a few eyebrows. The fact that this tape existed for so long and was just now released seems to indicate some plan to try sabotaging Trump’s chances of becoming president.
Rather than focusing on Trump being Trump, the media should instead be focusing on the bombshells about Clinton that were released this week, such as her support for open borders and being disconnected from the middle class.
[This article was written by Michael Cantrell]