As the fallout from the leaked audio--in which Donald Trump describes his sexual exploits in graphic detail--grows, the GOP nominee continues to become more defensive.
In an email obtained by Politico, RNC staffer Lauren Toomey tells subordinates to halt their work on the "Victory" program, dedicated to helping Trump get elected:
"Please put a hold/stop on all mail projects right now. If something is in production or print it needs to stop. Will update you when to proceed."
This is just one more example of the full-stop-panic the Republican Party is in with regard to the leaked audio. As of Sunday, 17 Senators, 31 House members, and a host of former governors and political figures associated with the Republican Party have condemned Trump, rescinded their endorsements, or called on him to step down as the nominee. See the full list here.
The leader of the RNC, Reince Priebus, is allegedly running from the explosion as well:
Priebus cancels TV appearances, advises RNC staffers to "do what's best for them." It's every man for himself in the #Republican party.— Alex Baker (@baker_alex) October 9, 2016
Even Trump's running mate, Governor Mike Pence, has cancelled public appearances, and issued a statement in which he reprimanded the nominee for his behavior.
Mr. Trump, however, has said he will not step down. In fact, he tweeted that he will "never drop out of the race":
The media and establishment want me out of the race so badly - I WILL NEVER DROP OUT OF THE RACE, WILL NEVER LET MY SUPPORTERS DOWN! #MAGA— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2016
Trump dug his heels in even deeper on Sunday, proclaiming that Republican politicians who don't support him, whom he refers to as "self-righteous hypocrites," will lose in November:
So many self-righteous hypocrites. Watch their poll numbers - and elections - go down!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2016
The level of delusion is staggering. Speaking with The New York Times Saturday, Trump actually said (emphasis added):
"I haven’t heard from anyone saying I should drop out, and that would never happen, never happen. That’s not the kind of person I am. I am in this until the end."
With the Party in shambles, the second presidential debate looming, and the nominee holding tight, what happens next is anyone's guess.