Since the release Friday of the hot-mic recording of Trump bragging about sexually assaulting
And while it’s true, according to an article early this week by The Advocate, that Louisiana’s GOP Senate candidates, Boustany included, say they’re sticking with Trump, their level of enthusiasm varies. Early in the summer, when Trump announced Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, Boustany was effusive in his praise for the VP choice yet conspicuously didn’t mention Trump’s name in hailing Pence.
Now, post-“grab her by the p***y,” Tea Party candidates like John Fleming in North Louisiana have had no qualms sticking by Trump. Boustany, on the other hand, has a trickier path to tread. He doesn’t want to alienate moderate GOP and independent voters, especially suburban Republican women who are turned off by Trump, but he doesn’t want to risk the ire of the hardcore Trumpsters, who have taken their champion’s words to heart: Silence, or even wavering support, is tantamount to deleting Hillary Clinton’s 30-bazillion Benghazi emails yourself and murdering Vince Foster.
To his credit Boustany has tried to stay above the fray, to talk about issues, to say he “supports the Republican nominee” without uttering the word Trump. But he can’t avoid the Trumpsters, whose agitation in these final weeks of the campaign is a barometer of Donald Trump’s ugly, embarrassing meltdown.
For proof, check out virtually any of Boustany posts on Facebook. It can be about early voting, Obamacare, Houthi rebels firing missiles at a Navy warship — anything in the news or among the issues that would otherwise serve to reaffirm his conservative Republican bona fides. But the Trumpsters are having none of it.
For illustration, below we’ve reproduced a sample of a few posts Boustany made to Facebook this week, post-“grab her by the p***y.” Through the magic of Photoshop we’ve filtered out most of the non-Trumpster comments.