by Graham Pierrepoint
What a week it has been for US politics – particularly for those following or at least interested in the campaign of Republican Donald Trump, who, despite already being a controversial figure on the campaign trail as a result of a number of soundbites and pledges he has made should he become US President, appears to have found himself in deeper and deeper water as the days have gone on – with many Republican representatives backing the mogul now jumping ship. Trump is not only battling the leak of a video where he made a number of strong claims about how his ‘star power’ allows him access to women, but is now facing allegations of sexual assault from a number of women having spoken out after the tape was leaked.
Trump has taken to Twitter to vehemently deny the accusations, with a finger pointed firmly at the New York Times stating that the claims are ‘outright lies’, and describing the publication as ‘failing’ – the newspaper, however, is refusing to retract an article it has run publishing such allegations – and has in fact welcomed Trump to face the publication via court to ‘set him straight’. Big words are being shared by big people – and this is only the tip of the iceberg.
There is further talk of certain Republican sources looking to reclaim their donations from Trump’s campaign following last weekend’s revelations – and that Trump’s campaign team could be set to go all-out against Bill Clinton in retaliation to the sexual assault claims made against the former Apprentice star. It cannot be denied that, with under a month left until the US public take to the polls, the Trump campaign has had to work doubly hard to try and right itself against recent revelations – but just how much longer will it hold out – and will it form a big enough defence against Hillary Clinton in an attempt to turn Trump’s fortunes around?
When all is said and done, there is still no denying that Trump will continue to hold a strong, loyal core of support as much as Clinton will – however, the candidate, his campaign and the Republican Party are now faced with a torrent of publicity that seems to be doing Trump little favors in the press – and it really will remain to be seen if such revelations will impact upon the Republican Party’s hopes of regaining White House control for 2017.