Burr Panned for Political Gamble On Trump
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Monday, October 10, 2016
CONTACT: Matt Kravitz
Burr Panned for Political Gamble On Trump
Backlash continues for Burr as he puts his political interests first and stands with Trump instead of standing up for NC values
“The worst possible answer…” “I am a human weathervane…” “Remarkably craven…”
RALEIGH, N.C. – Following the leak of vile comments about women by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, incumbent Senator and Trump advisor Richard Burr first told reporters that he would watch Trump’s “level of contrition over the next few days to determine [his] level of support.”
After Trump failed the “contrition test” by any standard, Burr announced he would continue to support him anyway. The reaction was swift and brutal:
“North Carolina’s U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, who is embroiled in a tough re-election race, was announced as a Donald Trump national security adviser about 20 minutes before the publication of a vulgar video that shows the presidential nominee bragging about groping women.
“Later in the day Friday, Burr condemned Trump’s remarks but did not pull his endorsement. Since then, Burr has said he is ‘going to watch (Trump’s) level of contrition over the next few days to determine my level of support.’
“As he campaigned Monday in North Carolina, Burr said he’s sticking by Trump, saying he thinks Trump has sufficiently apologized multiple times.”
“Both of North Carolina’s U.S. senators say they continue to back Donald Trump’s run for president, despite vulgar remarks about women that recently surfaced on an 11-year-old videotape.
“While many Republican leaders have withdrawn their support for Trump, including Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, North Carolina leaders have largely joined Gov. Pat McCrory in walking a line between condemning his language but continuing to back his campaign over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.”
“But there are moments that should rise above political calculations. This might be especially true for those candidates who supported HB2. We wonder how it’s possible to laud the supposed protection that law provides women, yet look the other way when your presidential nominee says that kissing women without permission is OK, that grabbing their vaginas is OK, that ‘you can do anything…’
“That is not ‘locker room talk,’ as Trump said again at Sunday night’s presidential debate. It is a state of mind. And the actions he bragged about? They are crimes.”
“North Carolinians will watch with bated breath as Burr, measuring with a moral micrometer, carefully calibrates how to adjust his support to Trump’s unfolding repentance. Burr, who is chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, has not received this nugget of intelligence: Contrition is not in Trump’s repertoire. Why should it be? His appetites, like his factoids, are self-legitimizing.”
“GOP candidates from across the country have either demanded Trump step down as their nominee or said they won’t vote for him. House Speaker Paul Ryan Monday told colleagues on a conference call that he would no longer defend Trump or campaign for him.
“And the N.C. Democratic Party Monday released an online video that features parts of the 2005 Trump tape along with images of Burr saying he’s ‘fully supportive’ of Trump.
“Burr, like Gov. Pat McCrory, has condemned Trump’s remarks from the 2005 tape. But they haven’t withdrawn their support.”
“When asked by the Journal about whether Burr has official comments on the Trump remarks, spokesman Jesse Hunt forwarded two statements.
“The first was that “the comments are inappropriate and completely unacceptable.” The second was “I am going to watch his level of contrition over the next few days to determine my level of support.”’
“Burr, who said Saturday he would gauge Trump’s ‘level of contrition’ to determine whether to continue supporting him, apparently found the Republican nominee’s remorse sufficient, telling a Greensboro, North Carolina, television station that it was now up to voters to decide whether Trump’s apology was genuine.”
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