HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Many prominent Republican leaders and donors gathered together Tuesday night to learn more about local candidates and recruit volunteers as Election Day draws near. Donald Trump was also a major topic inside the Jaycees Event Hall.
While the Republican presidential nominee wasn't there in person, Trump was on the minds, lips, and even smart phones of the many in attendance. The focal point of the room was a cardboard cut-out of the candidate that could be used to pose for pictures.
On the topic of Trump's lewd comments about women, the answer was about the same no matter who you asked. “Nobody likes that type of language," said Perry Hooper Jr., the Alabama Co-Chair of the Donald Trump Campaign. “I don’t like it, my friends don’t like it, but Donald Trump has looked at the American people in the eyes and apologized."
Stan Williams is a proud Trump supporter. “Regardless of any Republican that ran for office, it would be a smear campaign from the left," said Williams.
Congressman Mo Brooks said Trump's transgressions from 2005 is just a distraction from the issues. “Our attention is not on the ball. Our attention has been diverted from these public policy issues that define us as a party, define us as a people, and have made us who we are," said Brooks.
Much like a church service, Rep. Brooks often found himself preaching to the choir. “Which party has the candidates that support free enterprise and liberty? Which party has the candidates that supports socialism and oppression?" he asked.
He also didn't forget to pass the plate. “And when I say sacrifice, I mean sacrifice deep. I’m not talking about $10-$20. Put in $500, $1,000, $2,000, $5,000, something that hurts. That’s when you sacrifice for your country," said Brooks.
With issues like border security, healthcare, and Supreme Court nominations on the line, Brooks told the crowd, the stakes couldn't be higher. “Do your part, four weeks left, we need to pull this thing out," said Brooks.