With Hillary already leading by 10 or more points nationwide, the release of Trump's candid remarks should be enough to sink him for good.
The Guardian's Richard Wolffe writes this is the end of the line.
This is Donald Trump: a man no longer fit for polite company. His name will be torn off walls just as Ailes’ was. Republican candidates up and down the land will be chased to election day with their previous endorsements and quotes praising the groper-in-chief.
Condemning Trump’s words will not be enough to save them. It was just a few days ago that the US senator in New Hampshire, Kelly Ayotte, said “absolutely” when asked if she would tell kids to look up to Trump. She has since said she “misspoke”. But no amount of regret and criticism will erase that foolish misjudgment.
The Republican establishment is beside itself. People catching red-eye flights to Washington to huddle in hope of finding some way to get somebody, anybody else on the ticket in place of Trump. The Chicago Tribune reports that isn't going to happen:
Ballotpedia maintains a list of the deadlines for getting candidates on the ballot. Florida's has passed. Michigan's and Nevada's have passed. North Carolina and Ohio and Texas and Virginia -- all passed. The rules aren't always clear, but if you think a Republican nominee could be successful without any votes from the above listed states, you might want to revisit the electoral college map. Even if Donald Trump were to step down Friday night -- which seems unlikely, given what we know about Trump -- he's on the ballot in those states. The party could sue to replace him, but, even if they were successful, it's still too late for those 34,000 votes already cast.
Some prominent Republicans, such as Ana Novarro, are washing their hands of Trump:
“He is not fit to be the president, he is not fit to be the Republican nominee, he is not fit to be called a man,” Navarro said on CNN. “How many times does he get away with saying something misogynistic before we call him a misogynist? How many times does he get away with saying something sexist before we acknowledge that he is a sexist? It is time to condemn the man.”
Navarro was not the only one to point to Trump’s long history of seemingly misogynistic comments, and while the campaign tried to regain its footing this weekend, spectators revisited some of his most appalling outbursts: “fat pigs”, “slobs” and “disgusting animals”.
Having said in the 1990s that it did not matter what the media said about him “as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass”, Trump’s attitude appears to have remained unchanged during his bid for the Oval Office. Take, for instance, his attacks on the Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, who grilled him over previous accusations of sexism. Trump called her a “bimbo” who was incapable of objectivity when there was “blood coming out of her whatever” - widely interpreted as a thinly veiled reference to her menstrual cycle.
A Tsunami isn't just one wave but a succession of powerful, destructive waves. The leaked tape is just the first. Today's New York Times has the account of Jill Harth, another woman pursued by Trump. Presumably there'll be others coming forward just as happened in Ghomeshi and many other cases of this sort. With four weeks remaining until the election, Trump could spend the rest of the campaign reeling from lurid disclosures even as Republicans abandon him to run for cover.