The Rotating Cleanup Crew Called in to Bail Donald Trump Out of Tight Spots

There's a crew of surrogates who help Trump out of sticky situations.

The latest uproar over comments made by Donald Trump was followed by a familiar face, a surrogate explaining what the GOP presidential nominee meant.

This morning it came in the form of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who told ABC News' "Good Morning America" that Trump's comments about Second Amendment supporters stopping Hillary Clinton from picking Supreme Court justices was not a suggestion of violence against her.

"We know Donald Trump is not particularly indirect," Giuliani told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos. "If Donald Trump was going to say something like that, he'd say something like that."

Giuliani is far from the only one on the Trump train who has been called on to explain what the candidate meant at times during the 2016 campaign.

Trump's son Eric Trump has also been called in to explain what his father meant after the Republican presidential candidate said his daughter Ivanka Trump "would find another career or find another company" if she was sexually harassed at work. Eric Trump ended up making comments that continued the conversation over sexual harassment by saying what his father meant was that she "wouldn't allow herself to be" harassed.

"Throughout this campaign, the Trump effort has had a loose confederation of C-list spokespeople who have been deployed on TV and radio to try and explain Trump's daily messaging points," said Ryan Williams, a longtime Republican strategist who worked on both of Mitt Romney's presidential campaigns.

"Many times, they have failed to deliver the points and even made their own controversial statements that have caused addition blunders for the campaign to address," Williams said. "Many of [Donald] Trump's statements are completely unexplainable, and he makes it even harder for his surrogates to defend him because he refuses to apologizes for what he says."

"I would love to support the nominee ... but Trump is making it very difficult to do that," Williams said, adding that he will not vote for Clinton.

Williams was the director of television and radio for Romney's 2008 presidential campaign, which meant that he was in charge of booking surrogates and making sure that they were informed of the campaign's talking points.

"Usually there is very tightly scripted messaging ... to make sure everyone is singing from the same song sheet," Williams said, but no such preparations appear to be taking place for the Trump surrogates, he said, and as a result, they have been "incredibly ineffective."

"None of that is happening in this operation. It's just the Wild West," he said.

One of the most frequent faces who helps clean up after Trump makes a controversial comment is his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. Williams said that comes with the territory.

"His job is essentially to mop up after every Trump disaster that comes down the pike," Williams said.

Since being selected as Trump's VP pick, there have been several times that Trump made statements and Pence has stepped in to ease the tensions that followed.

Late last month, for example, Trump — reportedly jokingly — said it would be helpful if Russian hackers found Clinton's deleted emails. Shortly after that, Pence tried to deflect the dialogue onto findings from the Democratic National Committee's email hack.

Within a week, Pence stepped in again when Trump attacked a fallen Muslim U.S. soldier's father who spoke against Trump at the Democratic National Convention.

And a few days later, after Trump said that he wasn't "there yet" to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan in his primary re-election campaign, Pence publicly endorsed Ryan, reportedly with Trump's blessing.

"The Trump surrogates are being asked to do the impossible, which is to explain Donald Trump's near daily outbursts," Williams said.