AUSTIN (KXAN) – While there is still no telling how the latest Donald Trump controversy will sway Texas voters, the latest poll released Wednesday shows support for Hillary Clinton in the state rose three points.
Since the release of a decade-old tape where Trump can be heard talking about women in graphic terms, social media has been filled with politics.
“Every time he makes these comments, he is showing us who he really is,” said Travis County Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign Manager Carisa Lopez. “This isn’t locker room talk and it’s not appropriate. That is frankly an excuse. Locker room talk should never be about advocating for sexual assault and touching women without consent.”
“It is so damning and so disqualifying. He is either suggesting that he can sexually assault women or that the has, or that he will again,” said Republican Consultant Matt Mackowiak.
Mackowiak has worked in politics for years and as a republican consultant for the past eight. Trump’s campaign is something he can only describe as unusual.
“We are truly in uncharted territory here; we’ve never seen anything like this. Trump has had controversies like this in the past and people have thought it could end his campaign. We’ve never seen anything like this, never,” said Mackowiak.
Republican leaders have now started calling for Trump to step down just one month before election day. The question now is what kind of impact will this have on the polls.
“This race has changed in the past 48 hours, I think it was a competitive race that she was likely to win, but it was going to be in a reasonable margin. It’s now I think totally changed; I think it could potentially be one of the biggest landslides certainly in modern American political history,” said Mackowiak.
With Trump standing his ground, Mackowiak says this election could completely change the future of politics.
“There’s a real question about, does the republican party continue, truly? After Trump there is going to be a vicious and violent civil war within the party about the future of the party; how do we prevent a future Trump from happening, did the RNC do enough?” said Mackowiak.
Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick released a statement following the release of that tape. He says, “there is absolutely no excuse to ever talk about women in such a crude and demeaning way.” Patrick went on to say Trump is still a better candidate than Clinton.
Governor Greg Abbott also responded to Trump’s statements on Twitter. “Deeply disturbing rhetoric by Trump. An insult to all women and contrary to GOP values. Absent true contrition, consequences will be dire.”