Sen. Rob Portman’s “Lost Connection”

Sen. Rob Portman has taken ducking questions about Donald Trump to a new level. According to the Youngstown Vindicator, “After asked the ninth time about Trump, Portman said absolutely nothing. He was off the conference call. Portman returned about a minute later saying his connection got lost…”

You may think Portman was using the old lost-connection-duck-out-trick, but just in case he wasn’t lying, the Ohio Democratic Party is shipping Portman a “Trump prepaid minutes card.”  Portman’s new card will ensure he has a reliable connection whenever he’s talking about the frontrunner for his party’s nomination — after all, Portman has already pledged to support Trump if he’s the nominee.

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There is apparently nothing Trump can do or say that is a problem for Portman — not even Trump’s refusal to immediately denounce the Ku Klux Klan, or mocking a reporter’s physical disability, or even insulting Senator McCain because he was a prisoner of war.

And now, Portman will be able to stay on the phone and chat about the Donald whenever he wants.

Here are highlights about Portman’s disastrous press conference call, from the the Youngstown Vindicator:

Like other Republicans seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate, Rob Portman finds himself in an awkward situation. Billionaire Donald Trump is clearly the Republican frontrunner for president and will eventually be the party’s nominee. There is concern from the GOP establishment that Trump at the top of the ticket will not only cost the party the presidency but enough seats in the U.S. Senate to lose control to the Democrats.

While some other Republicans say they won’t support Trump if he gets the party’s nomination, Portman has said he’ll back the nominee even if it’s Trump. He’s added that he doesn’t think that will happen.

Reporters commented to Portman that he seemed to be changing his position on Trump. I got to ask the question – I was blunt – and Portman finally said: “I support the Republican nominee unless something crazy happens.” I mentioned that “something crazy” has already happened with Trump, and Portman didn’t say anything. Portman also said, “We’ll see, won’t we? We’ll see.” He added that right now he was focused on Kasich’s campaign. After asked the ninth time about Trump, Portman said absolutely nothing. He was off the conference call. Portman returned about a minute later saying his connection got lost…”

 

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