According to numerous reports, the Republican Party has decided to halt the operations of the “Victory” program that is devoted to electing Donald Trump. As reported by the website Politico:
In an email from the RNC to a victory program mail vendor, with the subject line “Hold on all projects,” the committee asked the vendor to “put a hold” on mail production.
“Please put a hold/stop on all mail projects right now. If something is in production or print it needs to stop. Will update you when to proceed,” Lauren Toomey, a staffer in the RNC’s political department, wrote in an email that was obtained by POLITICO.
The email was sent to at least one RNC victory program vendor. Rick Wiley, a top RNC official, was cc’d on the email.
Neither Toomey nor Wiley responded to requests for comment. An RNC spokesperson also didn’t respond to a request for comment.
The move by the RNC comes less than a day after a 2005 Access H0llywood “hot mic” video came out, with Trump commenting on his attempts to seduce former show host Nancy O’Dell and how he interacts with beautiful women.
Trump’s comments call into question his stance on family values. “I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it,” Trump says. “I did try and fuck her. She was married.” He then adds, “I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married.”
Before Trump left the bus, he sees an actress from the soap opera. “Whoa!” Trump says. “I’ve gotta use some tic-tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”
“When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”
In the aftermath of that video, the Clinton campaign started in on social media. “This is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president.”
“This is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president,” Clinton tweeted.
Trump followed up with a late night apology video posted directly to Facebook:
The trouble for Trump isn’t just Clinton and Democrats calling him out out. Republicans such as Senators Kelly Ayotte (NH), Mark Kirk (IL), and Mike Lee (UT), Governors Gary Herbert (UT) and Dennis Daugaard (SD) and numerous Representatives have withdrawn their support for Trump.
Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence released a statement distancing himself from the nominee, saying:
“As a husband and father, I was offended by the words and actions described by Donald Trump in the eleven-year-old video released yesterday,” Pence said in a written statement. “I do not condone his remarks and cannot defend them. I am grateful that he has expressed remorse and apologized to the American people. We pray for his family and look forward to the opportunity he has to show what is in his heart when he goes before the nation tomorrow night.”
My statement below: pic.twitter.com/92VYEAxIcl
— Mike Pence (@mike_pence) October 8, 2016
Trump has since said that he will “never withdraw” from the campaign, despite growing calls from many in the Republican party for him to step down.