Senator Roy Blunt, other Republican officials stick with Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some key Republican officeholders and candidates are reaffirming their support for Donald Trump despite new allegations from women that he groped and assaulted them.
Republicans like Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri and West Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bill Cole argue that Trump would still be better on key issues like energy and the Supreme Court than Democrat Hillary Clinton.
In the wake of last week's disclosure of the 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape of Trump talking about kissing and grabbing women, some big-name Republicans withdrew their support. They include Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.
But at least publicly, there appeared to be no one new jumping ship on Thursday, perhaps because of the fury of GOP base voters over the original defections.