GOP Sen. Blunt Still Stands With Trump After Video Debacle

In this photo taken March 21, 2016, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. speaks at a news conference at Lauf Equipment Co. in Jefferson City, Mo. When Donald Trump came to St. Louis last month for a raucous rally with thousands, Bl... In this photo taken March 21, 2016, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. speaks at a news conference at Lauf Equipment Co. in Jefferson City, Mo. When Donald Trump came to St. Louis last month for a raucous rally with thousands, Blunt was more than 130 miles away, simultaneously announcing a Missouri Farm Bureau endorsement in front of a few dozen company employees and two news reporters. (AP Photo/David A. Lieb) MORE LESS
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SPRINGFIELD, MO — As other Republicans — including a senator in a tough reelection race — withdraw their support of Donald Trump after the release of a 2005 tape in which he discussed making unwanted sexual advances on woman, Sen. Roy Blunt (R) showed no signs of reversing his support of Trump in a brief interview with TPM after a campaign event in Springfield, Missouri.

“I am glad to see that he understands more about the country now than he believes he did when this process started,” Blunt said, referring to a comment Trump made in his apology for the remarks. “I think if you want to solve the problems that have been created over the last eight years, you can’t have a third Obama administration. So he needs to be vigorous in explaining how he is a different man than that person, but how he hopes to lead the country and I think he may very well get that done.”

The Washington Post published the video Friday afternoon, just as Blunt was in between events in the Springfield after. After his last event of the day he told a National Review reporter he had not yet heard the tape. Later that night he tweeted that Trump’s remarks were “disrespectful and inappropriate” while noting the video apology Trump had released.

Blunt is in a competitive re-election race with Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander (D). Trump is polling handily ahead of Hillary Clinton in the state.

A number of elected Republicans have said that they cannot vote for Trump after the tape, including Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), who is facing a tough re-election race against Gov. Maggie Hassan (D-NH).

Asked by TPM if he was worried about the effect the Republicans’ withdrawals of their Trump endorsement could have down-the-ballot, Blunt said, “I am not worried about that.”

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  1. Well, of course he does. Face it, Roy’s not the brightest bulb in the chandelier.

  2. In addition to being the very model of stupidity, Roy is also a paragon of faux-virtue.

  3. Avatar for trnc trnc says:

    And then he trotted out his unicorn to fart out free market pixie dust in rainbow colors. Except black. Also, not a female unicorn.

  4. Roy Blunt and those eyebrows aren’t going anywhere!

    I guess this just proves that Republicans prefer to cling to their racism more than they dislike talk of sexual assault.

  5. Avatar for zsak zsak says:

    We are still waiting for a true apology.

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