COLUMBUS, OH -- Rob Portman has made it crystal clear over this campaign that he's backing Trump, and that's still true this morning. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported last night that in response to Trump’s horrific comments, Senator Portman will continue to stand by Donald Trump as his party’s nominee for president.
Senator Portman’s continued support of Trump stands in sharp contrast to scores of prominent Republicans across the country who have pulled their support for Trump in the last 24 hours, including: Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Sen. John Thune, Sen. Mike Crapo, Gov. Gary Herbert, Gov. Jon Huntsman, Rep. Joe Heck, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Carly Fiorina, the National College Republicans Chair and more.
And now Senator Portman has gone into hiding –– refusing to answer why he’s continuing to support Trump as other leading Republicans pull their endorsements. Here’s what they’re saying:
John Weaver, John Kasich strategist:
Ben Garbarek, WSYX-TV Columbus:
Andrew Tobias, Cleveland.com: