Jerry Falwell Jr. told WABC Radio host Rita Cosby he has evidence that GOP establishment insiders leaked the now infamous “Trump tape” in a pre-arranged move to sabotage the Republican candidate’s campaign.
The tape, which emerged two days before Sunday night’s presidential debate, featured Trump making crude comments about women and was seized upon by some establishment Republicans as a reason to withdraw their lukewarm support for the Donald.
“I think this whole tape… video tape thing was planned, I think it was timed, I think it might have even been a conspiracy among establishment Republicans who have known about it for weeks and who tried to time it to do the maximum damage to Donald Trump, and I just… I just think it just backfired on them,” said Falwell, son of the famous evangelical pastor.
Commenting that nothing on the tape was defensible, Falwell said he had received “independent information” that “some of the establishment folks who reluctantly endorsed him had this planned all along as a way to slither out of the endorsement.”
The president of Liberty University refused to name names, but told Cosby that the claim had “substance” behind it, came from “reliable” sources and was not just a rumor.
“I think a lot of the establishment Republicans have been conspiring together for the last six weeks or more, and I think this was all a plan,” he added, noting that the timing of the tape’s release “conveniently gave Paul Ryan a way to disinvite Trump” from the rally that took place on Saturday in Wisconsin.
Ryan has since all but abandoned Trump and thrown in the towel, conceding the presidential election to Hillary Clinton, according to a Politico report.
“I think that’s a slimy way to conduct themselves and I was just glad to see that it didn’t work,” added Falwell, telling Cosby that when the full story comes out it will be “surprising to a lot of people” and that he knew six weeks in advance “something big was coming down.”
Listen to Falwell’s comments in the clip below, starting at the 2 minute mark.
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