Crickets from most of Georgia’s GOP congressmen after Donald Trump’s video flub

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump speaks at Georgia World Congress Center on Sunday. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

As pressure mounts for Republicans to disavow — or at least rebuke — Donald Trump’s boasts about sexually harassing women in a 2005 video, most of Georgia’s GOP congressmen are ducking.

Despite repeated requests for comment over the weekend, nine out of 10 of Georgia’s Republican representatives in the House have not been heard from since damning hot mic audio surfaced on Friday.

Those lawmakers are: Lynn Westmoreland of Coweta County; Tom Price of Roswell; Rob Woodall of Lawrenceville; Austin Scott of Tifton; Doug Collins of Gainesville; Jody Hice of Monroe; Barry Loudermilk of Cassville; Rick Allen of Evans; and Tom Graves of Ranger.

All nine men previously backed Trump with varying degrees of excitement.

The crickets paint a picture of how many down-ballot Republicans are trying to weather the latest Trump storm without damaging their own prospects of reelection as Democrats salivate over the chance to make them sweat. 

This all comes as their leader, House Speaker Paul Ryan, is mulling whether to drop his support of Trump, according to Politico. The House GOP plans to huddle today in a private conference call to discuss how to handle fallout from the video.

No top elected Republicans in Georgia have severed their ties with Trump, although almost all that commented publicly have rebuked the New Yorker’s comments.

Of the three congressional Republicans we did hear from over the weekend, two of them looked to shift the focus to Hurricane Matthew recovery.

“He has spent every waking moment focused on the hurricane and is not following anything else at this time. This is a time to put politics aside and come together to get Georgians back home,” said a spokeswoman for Rep. Buddy Carter on Saturday. Carter’s coastal Georgia district was on the front lines of the storm.

“Obviously these comments were disrespectful, and right now Senator Perdue is focused on making sure Georgians are safe and helping our state recover from this major storm,” said a spokeswoman for Sen. Perdue.

Sen. Johnny Isakson, who’s up for reelection this fall, said he was “disgusted” by Trump’s comments but, like Perdue and Carter, did not withdraw his endorsement.

Updated 11:45 a.m.: 

During the conference call with House Republican lawmakers, Ryan did not rescind his endorsement of Trump but said he would not defend the nominee or campaign with him for the next 30 days.

According to a person on the call, the Wisconsin Republican said he would instead use his energy to ensure the GOP keeps its majority on Capitol Hill.

The person said Ryan told lawmakers “to do what’s best for you in your district” regarding Trump in the lead-up to the election.

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Dale Meeks
Dale Meeks

Georgia Politics and the AJC are poor excuses for news gathering..I would advise them to look up the term journalism then start doing what it says.

Peggy Stokes
Peggy Stokes

Totally agree. Not concerned with what Mr Trump has said 11 years ago.but it worries me with what Hillery has done. Republicans need to Stop running scared and stand with the People's choice and help us keep Hillery, as far away from the White House as possiable. To much at stake to be weak kneed!!! Wake up

John Smith
John Smith

In real news Hillary is still a known lying criminal traitor with blood on her hands.

Marjorie Claypole Giannetti
Marjorie Claypole Giannetti

I have a problem that NOTHING was ever said by ANYONE until now..... Oh the corruption....remember "The Sopranos" The Clintons make the Mafia look like kindergarten class..... This is WHY we need Donald Trump...Mr Trump will do his best for AMERICA and AMERICANS......he will get the best advisors around him and will LISTEN to them.....if you want a future for your COUNTRY, your FAMILIES, your CHILDREN and GRANDCHILDREN.......VOTE TRUMP/PENCE 2016

Gabriele Bernhard
Gabriele Bernhard

We don't care about what he said - we care about the issues and a Vote for Clinton is a Vote for the destruction of America. VOTE TRUMP OR STAY AT HOME.

Tray Turner
Tray Turner

They are cowards and hypocrites all incumbents need to be turned out.....How can anyone support Trump even if it means destroying this great nation. The ultra-right base of Trump are clearly motivated by race, guns, religion and hate. That is a sad state of affairs for America.

Christina Babalina
Christina Babalina

That'd be the sound of crickets digesting the buckets of slime bugs that Clinton used for her camp pain "stronger lies together" trail mix!

Jo Renee
Jo Renee

trump is struggling amongst college educated white people. I've never seen a more perfect proof sample than this post. Fascinating.

Diana McGowan Pate
Diana McGowan Pate

AS a MEMBER of GA GOP, I can honestly say that NO ONE in our area has even wavered in their support of Trump. We are focusing on the BIG Picture... and that is the Survival of America as we once knew it. Call him what you may, but all else aside, TRUMP loves America like so many of us do. What ever Trump Lacks, Pence has plenty of and will balance him out. Trump has surrounded himself with a LOT of Good people and that is what matters. HRC has always run with a gang of Thugs and many in GA and elsewhere are beginning to see it. Most of GA GOP Congressmen were Never totally in anyway. Trump made it this far without them and he can keep on keeping on without them now.

Evelyn Luke
Evelyn Luke

Voted for trump absentee ballot. Democrats bringing in thousands of refugees will be a disaster for Americans

Jo Renee
Jo Renee

Even Harriet Tubman left some behind.

Sandra Dale Sikes
Sandra Dale Sikes

Corrupt Clinton flubbed/lied/cheated/stole for 30-some years. This is not who we need as our president. TRUMP/PENCE 2016!

Roy Butts
Roy Butts

Apparently you just don't get it. We really don't care what Trump said 11 years ago. What we care about are the issues and stopping Crooked Hillary.

Neretha Bowen
Neretha Bowen

They know that Trump is the lesser of two evils.

Brenda Drennan
Brenda Drennan

Get over yourself. We want Trump and I guess you want Hillary. Shame on all you !

Joanna Lidia Mirage
Joanna Lidia Mirage

There is no video of him sexually harassing anyone but recording of silly conversations between two dudes just like every dude had at least once in his life. Stop twisting reality AJC

Gerald Murray
Gerald Murray

Brain washing brought to us by AJC, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, NYT and others. Pure bull crap.

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Send a message vote down ticket vote blue

Joseph Brinson
Joseph Brinson

I haven't heard a peep out of one Ga Democrat during the AVALANCHE OF EMAIL BOMBSHELLS regarding #CROOKEDHILLARY and her BAND of scumbags. Shut up AJC

Monte Poitevint
Monte Poitevint

Who with half a brain cares? This a stupid issue. We're supposed to feel offended for what someone said 11 years ago, while the ones promoting the issue are perpetrators of felony crimes, treason and murder. You'd have to be really dumb to buy into this farce.

Joy Fulmer Turner
Joy Fulmer Turner

Trump will win because that's what the people want. I will not vote down ticket for any Republican not supporting Trump. I may vote down ticket Democrat. I'm sure Trump can work with anyone.

Rod Miller
Rod Miller

Crickets from the Fishwrapper over Wikileaks, Benghazi, Clinton Foundation, etc, etc.

Willie Weatherspoon
Willie Weatherspoon

Full of lies. They have to think Georgia is full of dummies. Fact check, fact check

Marion Baker
Marion Baker

The emails are full of how they factually think ! That is all we need to know .

Randy Carr
Randy Carr

Time to quit listening to or reading the media. All they do is twist everything to suit the candidate of their choice beit CNN and the abc, cbs,NBC all for Clinton and fox for trump. Folks ur jobs are to report the truth. Not the truth as u want it to be.

Deborah Jenkins
Deborah Jenkins

Randy,You are so right. I just had a conversation with my husband about turning off the cable. We're sick of the bias opinion "news" and the unpatriotic athletes.

Jennifer Cantrell
Jennifer Cantrell

Is there any chance that every major media outlet not associated with FOX is reporting verifiable facts and Fox's reports don't line up because they are based on conspiracy theories that dismiss fact as reliable?

Randy Carr
Randy Carr

Jennifer Cantrell if u read all of them and then read wiki leaks which Hillary admits is true then what do u do? Neither side is good. No third party is a viable choice

Junelle Lewis
Junelle Lewis

people need to keep in mind what is important in this election..our safety and our economy.. obama has now admitted that hillary "mistakenly" gave ISIS $400 million..just this last week the DOJ dropped charges on an arms dealer after he produced signed authorization by hillary to deliver arms to ISIS..on top of this the leaked podesta emails have verified that most all of the accusations that have been lodged against hillary and the clinton foundation are in fact true..it is proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that hillary did in fact lie to congress which is perjury and that she destroyed evidence that had been supoenaed in a criminal investigation..the clintons have been proved to be a criminal organization and only their political power, threats and bribery along with obamas manipulation of the justice department and the FBI have kept them out of prison thus far..we can not allow this to happen to our country but it will be too late if we let her get into the white house

Junelle Lewis
Junelle Lewis

Erik Moore aren't you smart enough to look them up ?? I have no reason to document references.. if you are stupid enough to form an opinion without having knowledge of the subject then that's on you.. that is what hillary is hoping for

Junelle Lewis
Junelle Lewis

Willie Weatherspoon tell me the lie smartass.. it is all true and if you paid attention to what is going on you would know that.. in one of the other leaked emails hillary said she was dependant on voters being ignorant in order to get elected...I guess you are proof of that

Erik Moore
Erik Moore

You always seem to have an over abundance of incorrect information to post. Can you cite references for any of these claims?

Erik Moore
Erik Moore

Of course I can look it up - but it's on you to provide proof of what you say - why would I spend time verifying your claims.....that's not how it works.... You can't just make stuff up and think that people will just believe you because you say so. Sorry, I don't do conspiracy theories and I can't google your ramblings. Just show us where you get your info!

Deborah Jenkins
Deborah Jenkins

Junelle Lewis you are well informed I see that you have made the effort to be educated about what's important this election. It's a shame these uninformed trolls are trying to shut you up. Stay strong.

Junelle Lewis
Junelle Lewis

Jennifer Cantrell the ISIS info and the 2 proven crimes I noted came off of network news..I heard obama admit that hillary mistakenly gave the money to isis and I heard the arms dealer explain about the arms.. I saw comey verify that hillary did lie to congress and that the emails were deleated after she recieved the subpoena..so none of this came from a news pundit, I heard the people say it myself.. I would think that you can find a video of it...the podesta emails also verifies some of this as well as a ton of other stuff on the clintons.. I promise that after seeing some of the podesta info that you will not vote for hillary if you care about your family or your country

Kelly McCosh Wosahla
Kelly McCosh Wosahla

Junelle Lewis again we respectfully request legitimate sources. Thank you

Junelle Lewis
Junelle Lewis

Kelly McCosh Wosahla I just explained to jennifer above..just look it up..it is worth your time to be well informed on something this important..so many want to form an opinion without having any knowledge on the subject.. to me that is very foolish.. I just want what is best for our country and the american people

Jennifer Cantrell
Jennifer Cantrell

We are a military family whose service member works in the intelligence community. I care very much about my family and we sacrifice as he works diligently to defend our country. It is a concern each time people make claims that are completely outside of proven reality to support a Trump campaign. He is an incredible security risk for our country. HC has consistently demonstrated that she is qualified and capable in the areas of National Defense, Foreign affairs, human rights, and economic policy. So please, provide me the links to the evidence that support your claims. My family is especially vulnerable if what you are claiming is true. ("I saw a video" doesn't count as evidence fyi)

Junelle Lewis
Junelle Lewis

Kelly McCosh Wosahla I said that I watched it on the news..I saw obama, the arms dealer and comey say these things.. I don't record things that I watch on tv...all the rest can be found in the podesta files..that is as plain as I know how to tell you..

Junelle Lewis
Junelle Lewis

Jennifer Cantrell when I see the people themselves say something like that it is hard to deny...I saw obama, the arms dealer and comey say these things themself...hillary has a lot of experience but in my opinion everything she has touched has turned into a disaster..trump got where he is by listening to experts in the area that he was dealing in at the moment. there is not a doubt in my mind that he will do that with foreign affairs or military decisions.. no one knows everything like obama and hillary would like for you to believe..a real leader realizes that and surrounds himself with experts and listens to them

Nancy Woodard
Nancy Woodard

Well said Junelle. It's so hard to understand that some want her as our president. Yes Trump has an ego the size of Texas but he would NEVER help our enemies. I'm really confused as to why she can mistakenly send someone 400 million dollars and all the other things she and Obama have done to aid and abet the enemy and no one seems to be able to do anything about it.

Lisa Morgan
Lisa Morgan

This makes my blood boil!, but then so does the mention of her or that thing she calls her husband ! Although they are perfectly suited for each other !!!

Nancy Woodard
Nancy Woodard

Junelle I wouldn't waste my time with these Hillary lovers. One of them made a really cute joke that Hillary had more experience in defense. She purposely let our men die so her experience didn't do us much good. Trump genuinely loves America. Hillary and Obama DO NOT.

Lisa Morgan
Lisa Morgan

Nancy Woodard and that is exactly WHY I am voting for Trump!!! Do I think he is deeply moralistic being? NO. Do I think he is pretty much full of himself ? YES ! I could keep naming some traits that aren't so attractive, but that is not what I want in a President. Although being a bit full of his self, to me shows self confidence, which is an extremely valuable trait to have in a President! Lord knows ( and so do we !!! ) , the one others are calling President now, is WAY beyond full of his self! He is Narcissistic, & full of something else!!! My main wish or requirement for a President is he be really good with business & finance matters ( which Trump is !), and that he Live OUR Country, and respect her people. Again , Trump does. The current body that occupies the Oval Office, only cares about what HE wants & how much & how badly he can destroy America & her people. I've had way more than enough, and am so scared to admit, Killary will be way worse. I don't care the gender, race, etc., I just want Americans & our Country to be cared for & protected !!!!

Erik Moore
Erik Moore

Nancy Woodard again, wildly misinformed- this has been disproven more times than I can mention......

Junelle Lewis
Junelle Lewis

Erik Moore I heard obama say that hillary gave the 400 million to ISIS so it has not been disproved..he said that she had mistakenly given it to them.. how in the hell do you make a mistake like that ??

Junelle Lewis
Junelle Lewis

Jo Renee first of all there is no proof what so ever that trump has any connections with russia....as far as his business dealings, trump has over 500 companies. if you divide his handful of bankruptcies into this you will find that his business ventures have a 99% success rate which is an unheard of excellent average..the majority of the active and retired military as well as police unions, border patrol and ICE are supporting trump so that pretty much blows your theory on the military and only white males..don't blame the dislike of obama on his skin color..he had never run anything in his life and it shows in the condition our country is in..our finances and safety are at an all time low.. so look at the facts instead of picking a president by skin color or gender

Erik Moore
Erik Moore

Junelle Lewis this is all stuff that he just said in a speech at a rally on Thursday. It's completely unverifiable. He's had multiple bankruptcies yet he has a huge success rate? You've literally cherry picked parts of his speech and just regurgitated it as fact.....

Junelle Lewis
Junelle Lewis

Erik Moore if you knew anything at all about business you would realize that a 99% success rate is huge....how many businesses has obama or hillary ever had ? how many jobs have they created ? none, because they don't know a damn thing about business or the economy.. your opinion that you have formed without have any knowledge what so ever on the subject only shows your stupidity.. I have owned several different businesses over the years and can tell you that succeeding is not as easy as you might think