Many celebrities are withdrawing their support from presidential candidate Donald Trump after the Washington Post released a video of the Republican making explicit and offensive comments about women. One of the celebrities that have withdrawn their support is singer Aaron Carter.
After continuously supporting Trump via social media and in magazine interviews, on Monday the singer had a change of heart. “No. I'm not supporting Donald trump anymore.” Carter tweeted. This decision comes months after the star’s interview with GQ magazine where he supported the GOP nominee. “I support Donald Trump. I don’t support every little thing. Trump goes his own way. He’s a leader, not a follower, and he’s proven that by humbling the other campaigns,” he told the publication in March.
Some have openly wondered if Trump was deliberately throwing the election. While that may not seem plausible to some, others have argued that his candidacy may just be a ploy to raise his own profile.
"Perhaps Trump originally decided to run to get some publicity for his business, or satisfy his ego, but never expected he had a real chance to win," the Hill columnist Brent Budowsky wrote in August.
Or, it could be that Trump subliminally doesn't want to win but just isn't completely aware of it, some Republican operatives told the Huffington Post this summer. "I think he has psychologically collapsed and is both consciously and unconsciously looking for an exit," Rick Wilson said.
"It’s either that [he’s trying to lose] or it’s complete and utter incompetence in every facet of his campaign," Brian Brian Walsh added.
In the video released Friday afternoon, Trump told “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush about his sexual self-entitlement to women because of his celebrity status and speaks about groping them. Although he has apologized for the comments, many Republicans have called for him to drop out of the race for president. “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,” Trump tweeted defiantly Saturday.
Carter is not the first person to withdraw his support from Trump. In fact, several Republicans have denounced their endorsements and have spoken out against the real estate mogul following the release of the tape recorded in 2005. Alabama Rep. Martha Roby released a statement Saturday suggesting that Trump exit the race. It is "abundantly clear that the best thing for our country and our party is for Trump to step aside" and allow a more qualified replacement, Roby said in part.
Arizona Sen. John McCain also called out Trump for his lewd comments about women. “But Donald Trump’s behavior this week, concluding with the disclosure of his demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults, make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy,” McCain stated.
Other Republicans who have denounced Trump include former New York Gov. George Pataki, Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt.