Republican nominee Donald Trump’s comments about women during an interview in 2005 sparked an exodus of Trump supporters within the party, but Robert and Rebekah Mercer announced Friday they plan to stand behind Trump.
“America is finally fed up and disgusted with its political elite,” the pair told The Washington Post. “Trump is channeling this disgust and those among the political elite who quake before the boombox of media blather do not appreciate the apocalyptic choice that America faces.”
“If Mr. Trump had told Billy Bush, whoever that is, earlier this year that he was for open borders, open trade, and executive actions in pursuit of gun control, we would certainly be rethinking our support for him,” the prepared statement read.
“Donald Trump’s uncensored comments, both old and new, have been echoed and dissected in the media repeatedly in an effort to kindle among his supporters a conflagration of outrage commensurate with the media’s own faux outrage.”
The pair then added, “We are completely indifferent to Mr. Trump’s locker room braggadocio.”
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan reportedly disinvited the Republican nominee, and former governor Mike Pence elected not to attend in Trump’s place. Senators Mike Lee, Kelly Ayotte, John McCain, and a host of other high profile conservatives either condemned the statements or rescinded their endorsement.