Long-time and ardent backers of Donald Trump believe that the Republicans who have withdrawn their support from their presidential nominee are making a big mistake.
Those who have abandoned Trump following the recording controversy also fail to realize what is at stake in this election not just for the Republicans, but more so for the entire country.
Rep. Lou Barletta is not one of those fair- weather allies as he remains strongly behind Trump. Barletta shared his thoughts to Washington Examiner prior to Trump's Monday rally, just after the Republican nominee's successful performance in the second presidential debate.
" I think they are making a big mistake. To open the way or pave the way or make it easier for Hillary Clinton to become president because of something Donald Trump said 10 years ago and allow her to make Supreme Court picks that'll affect our country for 30 or 40 years, that affects my grandchildren. That's what I went to Washington for and yes, I do think they are making a big mistake.", said Rep. Barletta.
Rep. Tom Marino meanwhile expressed his disappointment with just a " small handful" of their allies who turned their backs on Trump, and insisted he does not want to hear about the controversial recording anymore, which he disregards as insignificant.
>" That was 11 years ago. You don't want me to get started on Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton", said Rep. Marino.
And Rep. Marino predicts that those who are leaving Trump now will surely make a turn-around just as fast when Trump becomes the next president, and may even seek him and Rep. Barletta.
>"I'm not going to tell them what to do or what not to do. After he's elected president, I think those guys will be coming around to say, 'Hey Tom, hey Lou, do you need anything?'",said Marino.
As for Barletta, the challenges of the past days have only strengthened his resolve to support Trump even more.
>" Not only am I not wavering, I'm fighting even harder. I'm supporting Donald Trump and I'm not going to back down from that support", said Barletta.