October 12, 2016 01:11 PM

Donald Trump said “the shackles” are off — but is he really free of the GOP?

Some Republicans who abandoned their party’s presidential nominee in the wake of last week’s 2005 tape scandal are already reneging on their recent condemnations.

Republican Colorado Senate nominee Darryl Glenn is one of several party members to reverse course in the span of just a few days. Last week, Glenn issued a since-removed statement on his Facebook wall calling for the businessman to cede the nomination to running mate Mike Pence, said the Denver Post.

“[I am] calling on Donald Trump to do the honorable, selfless thing — voluntarily step aside and let Mike Pence be our party’s nominee so that we can defeat Hillary Clinton, keep control of the Senate, and put our nation back on a path of safety and security,” Glenn reportedly wrote.

This sentiment was long abandoned by Monday, when Glenn told Fox News of Trump’s performance at the second presidential debate on Sunday: “Donald Trump did what he absolutely had to do. I think he reset this campaign. People were wanting him to come out and show contrition, and he did that. He accepted responsibility.”

Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer similarly changed her stance on Trump after asserting that Pence should replace the mogul as the nominee, said Politico.

On Tuesday, Fischer shared her new position, telling Nebraska radio station KLIN, “I plan to vote for Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence on November 8. I put out a statement … with regard to Mr. Trump’s comments. I felt they were disgusting. I felt they were unacceptable and I never said I was not voting for our Republican ticket.”

She added, “He decided he would not step aside. I respect his decision.”

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And as The Washington Post points out, a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows that 83 percent of Republicans said they would vote for Trump in a two-way race with Hillary Clinton — up from 60 percent in weekend polls conducted after the 2005 video surfaced.

After the release of the 2005 video, during which Trump made offensive comments about women — including saying he can grab them “by the p—y” because he’s a “star” — numerous prominent Republicans came forward to promise they would not stand by their nominee. Among them? Sen. John McCain, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Ohio gov. John Kasich.

On Monday, House Speaker Paul Ryan told House Republicans in a conference call that he “won’t defend Trump” and told them to “do what’s best for you” in regard to casting their ballots.

In response, Trump went on yet another Twitter rampage Monday morning, calling out Ryan as a “very weak and ineffective leader” and saying “disloyal” Republicans “are far more difficult than Crooked Hillary.”

He added in another tweet, “It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to.”

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