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Trump Supporters Aren’t Changing Their Minds Because of His Comments on Sexual Assault

With less than a month to go until the presidential election on Nov. 8, Donald Trump’s diehard supporters are staying optimistic even after Trump’s Access Hollywood scandal and several Republican politicians dropping their support of him. CNN reports that the Republican candidate’s supporters firmly believe he won the second presidential debate and that “true believers” will flood the polls come Election Day.

At a Florida rally earlier this week, Trump fans showed little, if any, concern about backlash from Trump’s inappropriate comments and encounters with women. “That has nothing to do with whether or not he can lead this nation,” said Joy Giles. “I think Hillary Clinton has done a lot worse in her lifetime as a politician (including) Benghazi.”

Much of the mood at the Panama City rally also reflected people’s feelings that the country is approaching “some kind of cultural and political apocalypse,” CNN reported. Trump supporters were seen banding together against journalists at the rally, as seen when a couple told a woman being interviewed that “journalists twist the truth and can’t be trusted.” Many of the people complained that their conservative views aren’t represented in America and that the public is upset with Trump simply because “he gets us.”  

However, Voice of America reports that many Trump fans are repelled by his inappropriate comments but are still standing by him. West Virginia coal miner Chris Rose said, “I hope the American people will remember that this is just a flash in the pan compared to all the scandals the Clintons have been in throughout the years.”

Even Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, is defending him after being “beside himself” when the Access Hollywood video was released. Pence appeared at Liberty University this week to support Trump, telling students, “It’s not about condoning what is said and done, it’s about believing in grace and forgiveness.”   

Clearly, the Trump campaign won’t back down without a fight—and it seems unlikely that even the many women who have come forward to accuse Trump of sexual assualt will make a difference among his strongest supporters.

Kristen Perrone is a Siena College Class of 2018 alumna. She studied English during her time at Siena.