The Republican Party’s election-night drama has left many of the party’s most important players in a bind.
Here are the key points: Donald Trump, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women, was not the nominee and is not leading in the polls.
That has left some Republicans looking for solutions, and a number are calling for a third-party option.
A few GOP insiders are also asking for more clarity on the rules and process.
Here’s a guide to what is happening.
(Peter Stevenson/The Washington Post) The fallout The drama began when The Washington Post reported on allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Trump, but it quickly grew to include allegations that Trump, the party chairman, had made unwanted sexual advances towards female members of his inner circle, including the Republican National Committee chair.
Republicans are calling on Trump to resign.
The RNC chairman, Ronna McDaniel, called on Trump on Wednesday night to resign, according to multiple reports, as well as the party leadership.
The White House has also announced that Trump will no longer be a delegate for the Republican Party convention in Cleveland in July, despite repeated pleas by the RNC to hold his nomination.
The convention, scheduled for July 18-21, has been marred by protests and protests from protesters and members of the GOP.
The most prominent of those is a rally organized by the Congressional Black Caucus and the National Organization for Women that is scheduled for Friday, but Trump’s presence has already prompted a backlash from other GOP members of Congress and party leaders.
On Tuesday, a number of members of both parties met to discuss their concerns, including Sens.
Joe Manchin III (D-W.
Va.) and Joe Donnelly (D.
Ind.), who have been accused by women of sexual assault.
The meeting, which took place on Capitol Hill, included some of the most outspoken Republicans, including Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), who had previously criticized Trump’s remarks and suggested he should step down.
Kinziger said he was “sickened” by Trump’s comments and the Republican leaders’ reaction to them, but said that “the only thing I can do is call on the President to resign.”
“If he doesn’t resign, we’re going to have to have another convention.
We’re going for a convention that will have to be held in Cleveland, because I think the President should be out of the race,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
Trump has responded by claiming that his remarks were meant as a joke, and he’s also threatened to sue the Post over the article.
“If the Post wants to sue me for libel, that would be wonderful,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning.
The GOP’s reaction to Trump’s allegations is now more than just a question of optics.
“This is the party of Donald Trump,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R.
Tex.), a Trump ally, told reporters in the Capitol on Wednesday.
“We’re going back to the days when Donald Trump was a presidential candidate and he ran on his personal brand.
That was a defining moment.
It was a turning point for the party.”
The Trump campaign responded to the criticism with a statement from Trump saying that he was a victim of “fake news” and that he did not “represent the views of the Republican party.”
“The fact is that I have never engaged in or been the subject of sexual behavior, nor have I ever encouraged anyone to engage in any behavior that would put anyone in a sexual situation,” Trump said in the statement.
The Post also published a detailed account of an encounter Trump had with former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, who was a contestant on the 1996 pageant he was running.
Trump, in an interview with the paper published on Wednesday, described the encounter as “awkward.”
The New York Times, which first reported the story, called the encounter “sexually explicit and demeaning” and said that the president had said that he had a right to make his own decision on whether or not he wanted to be the Republican nominee.
“Trump, who said he had known Machado for years and never kissed her, denied the allegations, but acknowledged that he could not have been as forceful in the way he described the situation,” the newspaper reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.