YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Republican Party is still in damage control Saturday night over revelations that Donald Trump once bragged in explicit terms about sexually harassing women.
This has driven GOP leaders to denounce their nominee — including Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, who did so Saturday night. There have even been calls for Trump to leave the presidential ticket, although he made it clear he will not drop out.
Here in the Valley, Republicans aren’t worried — saying he’s still the best candidate on the ticket. Meanwhile, Democrats are sitting back saying ‘I told you so.’
“I know for me, I’m not offended,” said Tracey Winbush, vice chair of the Mahoning County Republican Party. “It was a private conversation and we need to quit focusing on the minor issues of decades ago and realize that we all have conversations that we really don’t want people to listen to.”
“It’s a joke,” Donald Kowron of Youngstown said. “It’s a laughable thing. What I’m looking for is someone to solve the problems.”
Linda Everheart of Boardman said, “People change — they evolve. I think his views have changed. I mean he’s the father of two beautiful women and a husband.”
Dave Betras, chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party, has a message for those still supportive.
“The local Republicans that are supporting Donald Trump, still, need only to look no further than their governor,” he said.
Saturday afternoon, Ohio Gov. John Kasich released a statement denouncing Trump.
“Our governor said his comments are vile and they are indefensible,” Betras said. “His comments are not worthy of a defense.”
So, across the board, the local reaction to Trump’s comments are still mixed.
Not one Republican that spoke to WKBN on Saturday said that they are upset by his comments. But the Democrats are surely voicing their opinion and putting more pressure on voters to get out and vote for Hillary Clinton come Nov. 8.