Queens GOP leaders stand by Trump as his support erodes

Queens County GOP chairman Bob Turner and Queens Village Republican Club President Phil Orenstein said their support for Republican nominee Donald Trump has not waned in recent weeks.
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Queens GOP leaders are not following the lead of other elected officials who have withdrawn support from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in light of the recently leaked recording from 2005, which has the candidate using what he calls “locker room talk” to describe sexual advances on women.

Bob Turner, chairman of the Queens Republican Party, and Phil Orenstein, president of the Queens Village Republican Club, both said they see the scandal as only a bump in the road on the way to reclaiming the presidency for their party.

According to Turner, the need for a Trump presidency to fix a broken labor market rises above his statements about women.

“Is he the ideal paragon of rectitude? No. But we’ve lived through this in actions not words, with JFK or LBJ or Bill Clinton and it doesn’t seem to affect the core of the issues,” Turner contended. “Nobody is defending what was said... I think it was rather disappointing, but we have to soldier on.”

Orenstein agreed.

“We’re in full support of Donald Trump for president. Our enthusiasm for his candidacy hasn’t been shaken in the least,” Orenstein said, adding that operatives for Clinton are behind the outrage which has Trump behind by 11 points according to =the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. “Revelations will come out constantly.”

To withdraw support, Orenstein said, would be a disservice to voters and the GOP. Backing for the Republican nominee should be absolute among party members and those withdrawing support are not doing their duty to their constituents, according to Orenstein.

He attributed this to what calls an “unpreceden­ted” number of Republicans who turned out for the primary nationwide to support Trump and contended that the party has an obligation to the public to back their candidate.

“These fellow Republicans should line up behind Trump,” Orenstein said. “They need to follow the will of the voters. We need to unite as a political party the way the Democrats do to win elections.”

Most Republicans are still voting for Trump, according to Turner, but the number of party members who did not maintain unwavering support never had it to begin with.

“A lot of the people that bailed out never had bailed in,” Turner said, laughing. “For them it was a good opportunity.

Turner believes the only justification for withdrawing support for a nominee would be a situation in which a candidate was indicted for a crime, referring to Hillary Clinton and her use of a private e-mail server. The FBI cleared Clinton of any criminal wrongdoing, but Trump threatened to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the case if elected.

Orenstein said he could not imagine a circumstance in which support should be withdrawn from a nominee and expressed his belief that the Democratic candidate’s email scandal was a much more profound transgression in comparison to Trump’s locker room recordings.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) furthered the rift within the Republican Party by vowing to discontinue support for Trump and focus his efforts on maintaining the party’s majority in Congress. Trump candidate lost some of the support he had gained from GOP members since his nomination over the weekend after the recordings were released.

Reach reporter Mark Hallum by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4564.

Posted 12:00 am, October 14, 2016
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Lou from Bayside says:
The closet lesbians husband molested an American an intern and was orally copulated in the oval office by said intern . These freaks should retire and attend to tbeir bi racial son "danny williams "
Oct. 12, 2016, 2:11 pm
Bob Friedrich from Glen Oaks says:
Donald Trump like myself rules America by keeping the country great for whites.
Oct. 12, 2016, 7 pm
Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
Trump is running for President, NOT Bill Clinton, so stick to the topic. Trump cares about one person, HIMSELF. I guess you fools cannot see through your prejudice that you are being played.
Oct. 13, 2016, 4:22 am
mercyme from bayside says:
False headline and article. Not one mention of the massive voter fraud admitted by the commissioner of ny board of elections which can be seen on youtube.
Oct. 13, 2016, 4:26 am
pay attention from Whitestone says:
Joe Moretti fails to recognize the fact that it was corrupt Hillary Clinton herself who made this election about her predatory husband Bill the Raypist, who is now up for grabs. Do your research and homework before yodeling on someone's comments board, Joe. lol
Oct. 13, 2016, 4:29 am
Lou from Bayside says:
Trump should pull out a cigar at the debate and explain to the rubes in America that pervert Bill Clinton inserted a cigar in the private parts of Monica Lewinsky w.hy wont the Clintons acknowledge Bills ilegitimate son "Danney Williams the son that resulted from Bills dalliances with a black street prostitute!
Oct. 13, 2016, 6:21 am
Joe is not thinking from queens says:
Joe says Hill is running not Bill. Yes true but you have missed the point. The point is that Hill knew about his rapes, etc and still went out and campaigned for him. Therefore she shows poor judgment and the voters should take this into consideration. If she had left him she would be more respected. Instead she enabled him and threatened his victims. He was disbarred. She should be as well. The Clinton Crime family should ride off into the sunset.
Oct. 13, 2016, 11:46 am
jamison from queens says:
Sorry TIMESLEDGER but fewer people are even listening anymore to the one-sided biased reporting from 'news' sites such as this one. Perhaps you should tell us just how 'wonderful' the criminal clinton woman is along with her predatory husband. Not even liberals are falling for your crap anymore and neither do they approve of blatant sekual assault and thievery. BTW: Yesterday 2 more bodies found under mysterious circumstances. Both were linked to the depraved clinton woman. What's the body count now---51?
Oct. 14, 2016, 5:27 am
GY from Flushing says:
Unfortunate that many New Yorkers cannot root for the homegrown NYC candidate in this election. Big mouth and bully attitude, arrogance, questionable ethics, and wholly unprepared for the job - and openly racist and demeaning to women. Biggest red flag: lack of respect for other people.
The voting choice for many is about this: not him.
This is not a TV show, it's the real deal. Fantasies about "bringing back manufacturing jobs" : wake up, yes jobs were shifted overseas, and a huge amount of workers (not just rural and midwestern white fellow citizens but of all backgrounds) were left without a path to a secure and comfortable middle-class income. Focus on this : Manufacturing is getting automated more and more by the day, and those jobs lost to automation are not coming back. So we all need to hear about training, better pay for service jobs, spending on infrastructure to put people to work, education, access to college and relief from the huge burden of student loans for those of lower income.
And... the US was always multicultural. Being a country of many ethnicities is what makes America great. For a long time some Europeans and their descendants were good at pretending that the other groups did not matter and to suppress their voices and contributions, and working to erase the history of slavery, oppression and relentless killing of Native Americans. Those "good ole days" are gone and were never that good.
I am saddened and embarrased by the rise of this person from New York running for national office and representing such an agenda.
Oct. 17, 2016, 8:53 pm
Lou bayside says:
Clinton / closet lesbian , sex devenerate married to another pervert who inserts cogars in the pvt parts of interns !
Oct. 18, 2016, 3:27 pm

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