UPDATE: LATEST GOPers to abandon Trump.
– Ohio Sen. Rob Portman became the latest Republican senator to call on Donald Trump to quit the race. “While I continue to respect those who still support Donald Trump, I can no longer support him,” Mr. Portman said in a statement. “I continue to believe our country cannot afford a Hillary Clinton presidency. I will be voting for Mike Pence for president.”
– Hillary Clinton picked up an endorsement from Christine Todd Whitman, the former Republican governor of New Jersey.
– Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is done with Trump. “Enough! Donald Trump should not be President,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “He should withdraw. As a Republican, I hope to support someone who has the dignity and stature to run for the highest office in the greatest democracy on earth.”
UPDATE: NANCY O’DELL PUTS OUT STATEMENT:
At the start of 2005 Trump video with Billy Bush, Trump refers to his attempt to sleep with a married woman named Nancy. The “Nancy” he is referring to is Nancy O’Dell. She is an American television host and entertainment journalist, who is the co-anchor of the syndicated entertainment news show Entertainment Tonight. She joined the show on January 3, 2011. Today, she issued a statement about Trump’s comments on the video.
“Politics aside, I’m saddened that these comments still exist in our society at all. When I heard the comments yesterday, it was disappointing to hear such objectification of women. The conversation needs to change because no female, no person, should be the subject of such crass comments, whether or not cameras are rolling. Everyone deserves respect no matter the setting or gender. As a woman who has worked very hard to establish her career, and as a mom, I feel I must speak out with the hope that as a society we will always strive to be better.” – Nancy O’Dell
UPDATE: More GOPers jump off the Trump Train.
– Senator John McCain said on Saturday that he officially withdrew his support for Trump. “I have wanted to support the candidate our party nominated,” Mr. McCain said in a statement. He added: “But Donald Trump’s behavior this week, concluding with the disclosure of his demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults, make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy.”
– House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said he was “sickened” by Mr. Trump’s behavior and disinvited him from an event in Wisconsin. At an event on Saturday in Wisconsin, to which Mr. Trump was initially invited — before being disinvited on Friday — Mr. Ryan referred obliquely to the episode. “There is an elephant in the room. That is not what we are here to talk about today.” Ryan has not officially dumped Trump.
– Former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said “Mr. Trump must stand down.”
– Gov. John Kasich of Ohio declared that the warning signs were right and that he would never vote for Mr. Trump.
– Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the chairman of the Republican conference, became the senior-most Republican to call on Mr. Trump to end his bid and make way for Mr. Pence.
– Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire was the first Republican facing a competitive re-election this year to say she would no longer back Mr. Trump, announcing in a statement that she would write in Mr. Pence for president instead.
– Representative Charlie Dent, a Pennsylvania Republican, said the Republican National Committee, which has been helping the Trump campaign financially and organizationally, should no longer “defend the indefensible.”
– Reps. Ann Wagner and Rodney Davis have withdrawn their support for Donald Trump for president and are urging Trump to leave the Republican ticket. They are the first Republican members of Congress from the St. Louis area to do so.
Melania Trump commented on Saturday saying “The words my husband used are unacceptable and offensive to me,” she said. “This does not represent the man that I know. I hope people will accept his apology, as I have, and focus on the important issues facing our nation and the world.”
Meanwhile, Trump’s running mate Mike Pence made a statement “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 I cannot defend them. 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.”
On the heels of a leaked video from 2005 in which Donald Trump uses vulgar terms to speak about how he uses his star power to physically handle females, and how he tried to bed a married woman, Republican lawmakers are calling for Trump to remove himself from the race for president.
Trump issued a video apology last night after it was clear to him that the leaked video presented a major hurdle to get past, especially with female voters who are undecided at this point in the election.
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, called Trump a “distraction” in a statement on Lee’s Facebook page. Lee, who was part of the #Never Trump movement, said it was “time for him to step aside so we can focus on the winning ideas that will carry Republicans through to a victory in November.”
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told a local Utah news outlet that he could no longer support Trump for president.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert also withdrew his endorsement of Trump.
Former Gov. Jon Huntsman called for the candidate to step aside and let running mate Mike Pence take his place
Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., also called for Trump to “step aside,” adding “his defeat at this point seems almost certain.”
Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., facing a tough re-election fight, tweeted that Trump should drop out and the Republican Party should “engage rules for [an] emergency replacement.”
According to Fox News, senior Republicans on Capitol Hill expressed fears that Trump’s comments could jeopardize the GOP’s chances of holding onto the Senate after the November elections.
“This is bad,” one senior GOP source told Fox News early Saturday. “We’re going to have to re-evaluate everything.”
RNC Chairman, Reince Priebus, was critical of Trump’s words, he stated: “No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever.”
When asked where the Trump comments wouldn’t impact Senate candidates, one senior source replied “Alabama,” a state Trump is likely to carry next month and where Sen. Richard Shelby faces little opposition for re-election.
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