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Indiana Democrats Attack GOP 'Failure' To Unendorse Trump

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Brandon Smith
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IPBS

Democrats say Indiana Republicans are putting party over country by refusing to withdraw support for presidential candidate Donald Trump over his remarks about sexually assaulting women.

Democrats call it the GOP’s “deafening silence.”

Republican candidates for federal and statewide offices condemned Donald Trump’s remarks from a 2005 video in which he talks about kissing and inappropriately grabbing women without their consent.

But almost all of those same candidates say they’ll continue supporting Trump in his presidential bid. State Democratic Party Chair John Zody says that continued support shouldn’t be tolerated.

“When your party’s candidate for president of the United States time after time after time is denigrating a Hoosier, people with disabilities, women and making remarks like this – whether it be 11 years ago or live over the weekend – are just not acceptable,” Zody says.

When asked whether Trump’s remarks could hurt Indiana Republicans on Election Day, a spokesperson for state GOP Chair Jeff Caldwell only reiterated Caldwell’s statement from the weekend calling Trump’s comments “horrible and unacceptable.” 

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.
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