North Dakota Republicans have twisted themselves into pretzels trying to maintain their Donald Trump endorsements while condemning all the racist and mysogynist sentences that spill out of his mouth.
To help you keep track, here’s a complete list of every tortured Trump apology issued by every major Republican leader and candidate who’s said he endorses or supports Trump. This list will be updated as more apologies come out.
First, the people who have endorsed or expressed support for Trump:
Doug Burgum, Republican candidate for governor of North Dakota
Endorsed Trump on May 5 with a statement that read in part, “Voters are looking for a political outsider because the status quo isn’t working for many Americans. We need business leaders in office that understand the changing economy.”
U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple
On May 5, both said they would support Trump as the party’s nominee for president but stopped short of endorsing him.
U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.)
Was the first of this bunch to endorse Trump, on April 3, saying, “The unity of our party is critical if we’re giong to win this election in November.” Cramer also said Trump enjoys the same kind of broad appeal that Ronald Reagan did, adding, “I think that’s part of the winning formula.”
Trump says judge (born in Indiana) is biased because he’s ‘Mexican’
“Doug does not agree with Donald Trump’s comments or language,” his camp said in a statement, according to a report in the Fargo Forum June 8.
“Senator Hoeven disagrees with the comment that Donald Trump made about the judge, he feels that the comment was wrong, and he shouldn’t have said it,” Hoeven’s chief of staff said in the same Fargo Forum report. Hoeven still supports Trump “but believes he needs to refrain from these types of negative comments and focus on the issues, with positive solutions,” the aide said.
Dalrymple’s spokesman said the governor hadn’t seen the video of Trump’s comments about the judge and didn’t feel comfortable talking about it until he views it for himself and “gets the full context.”
Cramer said he disagrees with Trump’s comment about the judge: “I don’t think a person’s race has a thing to do with their ability to be objective.”But Cramer also said he doesn’t believe Trump is racist “at all.”
“Because if he was racist, he’d confine his criticism to a race. Donald Trump offends everybody equally,” Cramer said. “For him, it’s business. It’s probably ill-mannered, it’s probably not great politics, but it’s also part of what some people actually like about him.”
2005 video shows Donald Trump bragging about grabbing women “by the pussy”
Doug issued a two-sentence statement:”These comments are offensive, wrong and unacceptable. It is disappointing that our presidential nominating system produced two flawed candidates,” Burgum said in a statement reported in the Grand Forks Herald October 9.
“Donald Trump’s comments were offensive and wrong,” Hoeven said in a statement October 8. “He not only needs to apologize, he needs to show through his words and actions that he does not believe in the views expressed in the video.”
“I have not seen the story. Obviously, I don’t condone that kind of behavior — that kind of talk,” Cramer said on Oct. 7 “I would fully expect that his attitude and demeanor would have changed in the meantime and going forward.”
Cramer also said that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s “actions and words would land most people in jail.”
Multiple women accuse Donald Trump of the kind of sexual assault he described in 2005 video
Cramer stood by his support in a debate Oct. 12, the day The New York Times published the accounts of two women who say Trump gropped and kissed them without consent. It’s unclear whether the Times report was published before the time of the debate. “I take my cue from North Dakotans,” Cramer said. “Donald Trump is a far better decision and will make a better president than Hillary Clinton for North Dakota. Far more Republicans have maintained support for him.”
“What is best for the people who elected me is Donald Trump,” he said.
The other pols haven’t responded to this scandal yet.
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