NewsPublic Affairs / October 12, 2016

Indiana Democrats Attack GOP 'Failure' To Unendorse Trump

John Zody, left, is the Indiana Democratic Party Chair. - Brandon Smith/IPBS

John Zody, left, is the Indiana Democratic Party Chair.

Brandon Smith/IPBS

Democrats say Indiana Republicans are putting party over country by refusing to withdraw support for presidential candidate Donald Trump over his remarks about sexually assaulting women.

The New York Times published a list that includes 160 leaders who have said they will not vote for Tump, have withdrawn their endorsements of him or have called for him to step down.

No politicians from Indiana are on the list.

Democrats call it the GOP’s “deafening silence.”

Republican candidates for federal and statewide offices condemned Donald Trump’s remarks from a 2005 video in which he talks about kissing and inappropriately grabbing women without their consent.

But almost all of those same candidates say they’ll continue supporting Trump in his presidential bid. State Democratic Party Chair John Zody says that continued support shouldn’t be tolerated.

“When your party’s candidate for president of the United States time after time after time is denigrating a Hoosier, people with disabilities, women and making remarks like this —whether it be 11 years ago or live over the weekend — are just not acceptable,” Zody says.

When asked whether Trump’s remarks could hurt Indiana Republicans on Election Day, a spokesperson for state GOP Chair Jeff Caldwell only reiterated Caldwell’s statement from the weekend calling Trump’s comments “horrible and unacceptable.”

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