From The Washington Post:
Democrats are working quickly to ensure that no Republican lawmaker who has ever expressed support for their party’s presidential nominee can easily separate themselves from Trump following his 2005 comments about groping and kissing women in unwanted advances.
And they’re doing so with new television ads targeting Republicans such as Mike Gallagher, the Republican running to replace Rep. Reid Ribble (R) in Wisconsin’s Eighth District. It is partially funded by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — the House Democrats’ campaign arm.
The ad uses Trump’s language from the videotape, which was revealed by The Washington Post on Friday. “I moved on her like a [bleep], but I couldn’t get there, and she was married. And when you’re a star, you can do anything. Grab them by the [bleep].” It adds that Trump “didn’t pay” federal income taxes for 18 years and “mocked a disabled reporter.”
“Mike Gallagher still says we have to support Donald Trump. No, we don’t. We don’t have to support Mike Gallagher either,” the end adds.
It’s a perfect example of the damage Democrats hope to wreak by painting Republicans into a corner with their own sometimes conflicting positions. Gallagher, for instance, denounced Trump’s “disgusting and offensive comments” but did not withdraw his support for the GOP nominee.
Fresh internal polls conducted by the DCCC — the House Democrats’ campaign arm — after the second presidential debate on Sunday night painted a grim picture for Republican lawmakers.
They show that Republicans — who started moving en masse against Trump after the revelations in the videotape — faced a backlash regardless of whether they continued to support Trump or not. On Monday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told his colleagues in a conference call that he will no longer campaign for or defend Trump in public, but did not entirely rescind his support for the GOP presidential nominee.