A supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said that the release of a 2005 video, in which the business mogul can be heard making lewd comments about women, was planned by the GOP establishment.
Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, said that while Trump’s comments about groping and kissing women cannot be defended, the GOP establishment was responsible behind the tape’s release.
“I think [the release of the video] was timed,” Falwell Jr. said, as reported by the Washington Times. “I think it might have even been a conspiracy among establishment Republicans who have known about it for weeks and who tried to time it to do the maximum damage to Donald Trump, and I just … I just think it just backfired on them.”
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The plot to release the video, as Falwell noted, was conjured by “very high level” people “who were candidates in the last four or five years.”
While there are several Republicans who have withdrawn support from the presidential nominee, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, there are some who still back the business mogul. Among them is James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family and current host of Family Talk.
Falwell Jr. further said that while the comments made by Trump were “indefensible” and “completely out of order,” he also emphasized that “we’re all sinners” and “done things we wish we hadn’t.”
“We’re never going to have a perfect candidate unless Jesus Christ is on the ballot,” Falwell Jr. said. “I’ve got a wife and a daughter, and nobody wants to hear their women talked about in that manner.”
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According to InfoWars, Falwell Jr. also said that he received a call six to eight weeks ago from someone close to the top establishment and the Republican party. Speaking about the phone call, Falwell said, “[The source] told me, he said, ‘Jerry something strange is going on. They’re meeting regularly. And they tell me it is a certainty that Donald Trump will not be the nominee on November 8th.'”
In the wake of the video leak and withdrawal of support of Republicans, Trump has slammed the Republican establishment – including referring to Ryan as a “weak and ineffective leader,” further saying that the “shackles have been taken off” himself.
As reported by the Washington Post, the most recent Washington Post-ABC News poll reveals that 52 percent of evangelicals regardless of the race supported Trump, while Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton had to contend with 40 percent. The number escalates for Trump when considering white evangelicals – with 71 percent in support of Trump while only 22 percent supporting Clinton.