Commentary: Trump supporters flee his campaign, will Johnson be the beneficiary?

Coming off the revelations in yesterday’s Washington Post article, Republicans are looking fordonald-trump5 a place to flee as they distance themselves from Donald Trump. According to the article, which was verified as true by Trump, the Republican candidate boasted, “And when you’re a star they let you do it. Grab them by the p—y. You can do anything.” The video, when taken in culmination with his many insults to women, have put his supporters in a tough spot; whereas they don’t want to be seen aligning with him and his comments.

So where can Republicans go? Will they suck it up and check his name anyway in the voting booth? Will they go over to Gary Johnson? Will they stay home? Or will they ignore the presidential campaign and vote Republican down the ballot in the November 8, 2016, general election. Perhaps they may follow the many war hawks and neocons who are supporting Hillary Clinton.

Gary Johnson responded to the revealing Trump video this way:

“Character and trust, should we not expect them from our Presidential candidates?

I’m shocked by these revelations about Donald Trump, but is anyone really surprised? It is just sad and embarrassing that a man who is now the nominee of a major party for President could display such a disgusting attitude toward women. America deserves better.

Women deserve better, and our daughters deserve better.
Tonight, millions of Republicans are facing a moment of truth. As a former Republican Governor, I don’t envy them.”

Hillary Clinton responded to the Trump video, by stating, “This is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president.” What is horrific is Hillary Clinton’s  joking about getting a rapist off for the horrendous rape of a 12-year-old girl when she was the defendant’s lawyer.

Like Trump, Hillary Clinton’s pro-woman campaign rhetoric doesn’t seem to square with her past actions. Even after proof of her husband’s affairs, Hillary Clinton viciously attacked the women who had made sexual allegations about being with Bill Clinton, rather than do the same with her husband, which where the problem really was.

And isn’t Clinton also part of this misogynist culture as well, considering her support of her husband, former President Bill Clinton who has had many similar issues as Trump with women? As noted in a recent Washington Times article, “in her ‘I am woman/Hear me roar’ speech may play well with her allies in the media, but women need to look beyond her rhetoric and the snazzy ads. If they do, they’ll quickly realize that the Hillary Clinton who bashed women and called them bimbos in the 1990s is the real Hillary Clinton running for the White House in 2016.”

Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have praised women on the campaign trail and have tried to portray themselves as pro-woman, but aren’t those empty words when one takes an objective view as to their past actions and comments?

But can Republicans move over to support Libertarian Gary Johnson in the general election? They are with him on most issues; however, the two that they have the biggest problems are Johnson’s foreign policy and his desire to legalize marijuana. They can clearly get on board with Johnson as he is the only 2016 presidential candidate talking about term limits for Congress, actually reducing federal spending and balancing the federal budget.

This is all happening while Johnson is facing a multi-million dollar campaign by Clinton and her supporters to discredit him as a candidate. Just months after praising Gary Johnson on his HBO Real Time, Bill Maher took a completely different tone on his show last night.

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