One by one, most of Georgia’s Republican hierarchy blasted Donald Trump for his 2005 remarks bragging about groping and sexually harassing women. But even as dozens of GOP elders around the nation abandoned their nominee, no top elected Republican leaders in Georgia publicly broke with him.
The closest to reach that shattering point was state Rep. Allen Peake, a Macon Republican best known for sponsoring the measure to legalize medical marijuana. He said he still hasn’t made up his mind, but that he is “very close” to dropping Trump.
“While I’ve struggled desperately with voting for Trump, for him to have any chance of getting my vote now, he has to show absolute genuine remorse and contrition for the abhorrent comments he has made about women,” he said on Sunday before the debate.
Midway through the spectacle, he said Trump did little to convince him.
“As one who has experienced the humbled seat of genuine remorse and contrition, I know what it looks and feels like,” said Peake, referring to his admission last year that he once had an account on an adultery website. “Donald Trump has not exhibited genuine contrition at all. And I don’t think he has the capacity to get there.”
Peake, you’ll recall, has long had misgivings about the New York businessman. He warned in August that Trump-ian policies would lead to the extinction of the Republican Party, though he said he was leaning toward the Republican because of concerns about Democrat Hillary Clinton’s judiciary appointments.
But the videotape, and the ensuing fallout, left Peake a whisker away from renouncing Trump. He tweeted Sunday that the tape may as well be the “deathblow” to his campaign, and told us he’s teetering on the edge.
“I will again emphasize I will not be voting for Hillary,” said Peake. “But this latest revelation might very well be the last straw for me to even consider voting for Trump.”
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