Mike Pence is reportedly leaving Trump campaign, because America’s stepdad is fucking done

Following the 2005 tapes released revealing Donald Trump’s disgusting comments about kissing and grabbing women by the pussy without consent, his running mate denounced his words. Although the governor of Indiana reportedly told sources before the debate there were no discussions of dropping off the ticket, sources confirmed to Scott Dworkin, senior advisor for the Democratic Coalition Against Trump, Mike Pence is reportedly leaving the GOP ticket. Dworkin released the news on Twitter, claiming four sources have now backed up rumors that Pence is dropping off the Trump-Pence ticket.

Tensions seemed to be high when Trump was asked about Pence’s comments on Syria during the debate, saying they “haven’t spoken” and he disagrees with his veep. Presidential candidates usually talk to their running mates, especially about big international issues like Syria. So, maybe things haven’t been great between Trump and Pence for a while, or perhaps Trump knew he was thinking of jumping ship and wanted to distance himself from Pence.

The Indianapolis Star reported before the debate began that Pence’s decision on whether or not to stay depended on how the second presidential debate went. However, Dworkin initially tweeted that a GOP advisor said Pence “asked to be removed from Presidential ticket” Sunday morning, adding during the debate that more sources had confirmed.

Pence leaving would be a major blow to the Trump campaign, but it would make sense considering all the awful information that’s come out about the presidential candidate since he signed on. Especially if he wants to run for president himself some day, being associated with Trump forever could be detrimental for his career (if it hasn’t ruined it already).

Pence released a statement almost a full day after the tapes of Trump’s comments bragging about sexual assault were released, saying: “As a husband and father, I was offended by the words and actions described by Donald Trump in the eleven-year-old video released yesterday. I do not condone his remarks and cannot defend them.” He continued: “I am grateful that he has expressed remorse and apologized to the American people. We pray for his family and look forward to the opportunity he has to show what is in his heart when he goes before the nation tomorrow night.”

When asked about his previous comments by Anderson Cooper at the town hall-style debate, Trump repeatedly said he regretted saying them but it was just “locker room talk.” In his usual fashion, he deflected blame off himself and essentially said he’s not as bad as ISIS, which he’ll definitely absolutely defeat.

Pence did fire off a congratulatory tweet to Trump once the debate ended, but he could just be keeping up appearances for the time being.