President Obama on Thursday tore into Republican lawmakers who have just recently backed away from Donald Trump in the wake of the growing controversy over a leaked video and his alleged past treatment of women.
Speaking at a Clinton rally in Ohio, Obama appeared genuinely angry.
“They don’t get credit for, at the very last minute, when finally the guy that they nominated and they endorsed and they support is caught on tape saying things that no decent person would even think, much less say, much less brag about […]
You can’t wait until that finally happens and then say, ‘Oh, that’s too much! That’s enough!’ and think that somehow you are showing any kind of leadership and deserve to be elected to the United States Senate! You don’t get points for that!”
He even managed to mock Republicans over family values.
“You claim the mantle of the party of family values, and this is the guy you nominate? And stand by, and endorse, and campaign with, until finally, at the 11th hour, you withdraw your nomination? You don’t get credit for that.”
So who are those ‘last-minute Trump dumpers’ to whom Obama was ranting?
Mother Jones posted a list last week — updating as warranted. A few of the notables:
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), a strong backer of Ted Cruz, posted a video on Facebook.
Other prominent Republicans followed suit:
— Mark Kirk (@SenatorKirk) October 8, 2016
Character matters.@realDonaldTrump is obviously not going to win.
But he can still make an honorable move:
Step aside & let Mike Pence try.
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) October 8, 2016
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) October 8, 2016
I can no longer endorse Donald Trump. Read my full statement: pic.twitter.com/lfa9mYZbdC
— Senator Mike Crapo (@MikeCrapo) October 8, 2016
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 8, 2016
BREAKING: Alaska Republican Sens. Sullivan and Murkowski call on Donald Trump to drop out of presidential race https://t.co/P00LXuMqxZ
— Anchorage Daily News (@adndotcom) October 8, 2016
— Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) October 8, 2016
I will not vote for Donald Trump. Read my statement here: pic.twitter.com/F8zajgDZpg
— Kelly Ayotte (@KellyAyotte) October 8, 2016
Donald Trump should withdraw and Mike Pence should be our nominee effective immediately.
— Senator John Thune (@SenJohnThune) October 8, 2016
If Donald Trump wishes to defeat Hillary Clinton, he should do the only thing that will allow us to do so – step aside. My full statement: pic.twitter.com/hadKP4gIrr
— Cory Gardner (@CoryGardner) October 8, 2016
Undoubtedly Obama’s biggest target Speaker Paul Ryan, who last week told his fellow Republicans that they should given up on defending Trump and focus on their own elections — with a weary eye on maintaining control of the House.