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Business as usual for Trump volunteers, despite candidate's rough weekend

Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | Oct 11, 2016 1:48 AM

At the Trump field office in Mechanicsburg, volunteers handed out signs for all the Republican candidates in Pennsylvania. (Photo by Katie Meyer/WITF)

(Mechanicsburg) -- The Donald Trump coalition has seen several national-level shakeups following the release of tape showing Trump making sexually aggressive comments.

A handful of top Republicans have jumped ship and retracted endorsements; others have refused to campaign with him.

But on the local level, support for the candidate is still more or less chugging along.

At a Trump campaign outpost in an indoor ice rink in Mechanicsburg, a small group of men and women were handing out yard signs and checking voter registrations all day Monday. They were enthusiastic supporters--some have been volunteering at the office since it first opened in April.

Lisa Vranicar, who manages the office and owns the ice rink, said it would have taken much more than a tape of Trump's lewd comments to waver her support.

"Well that was a long time ago," she said. "And honestly, if you would close that gate after hours and hear what we as women talk about in here, we would make Mr. Trump blush."

Kate Krusko, who's been volunteering for Trump in Mechanicsburg for several months, said she was initially taken aback by the tapes. At the end of the day though, she said she is more concerned about GOP leaders who have denounced Trump publicly, like Arizona Senator John McCain.

"I think they're really insane," she said. "It just proves that the Republican Party is not coherent like the Democratic Party is. I'm disappointed in them. They should stand behind their person--the person who was nominated."

The Trump volunteers are in the midst of a door-knocking campaign. Vranicar says they're targeting "soft democrats and independents."

She said she was afraid of some backlash after this weekend, but so far, so good.

"We did not have one door slammed in our face," she said. "People engaged us about that topic. Women in particular, they were like, you know, that's just BS."

Clinton has pulled into a double digit lead in a few national polls taken since the tapes were released.

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