Those in Donald Trump’s personal circle have condemned the presidential candidate’s vile comments heard in a recently-released video from 2005.
Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, said he was offended by the words used in the video and said he “could not defend them.”
Trump’s wife, Meliana Trump, called her husband’s comments “unacceptable and offensive” while saying he has the “heart and mind of a leader.”
This comes after Trump released an apology video early Saturday, saying he was “wrong” for what he said in the 2005 video, which was obtained and released Friday by The Washington Post and NBC News. In the video, Trump is heard describing attempts to have sex with a married woman. He also brags about women letting him kiss and grab them because he is famous.
“When you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything,” Trump says in the previously unaired comments. He adds seconds later: “Grab them by the p—-. You can do anything.”
Trump’s 90-second apology statement completed a difficult day for the presidential candidate, that many saw as a possible end to the billionaire businessman’s White House campaign, sending Republicans into a panic with just over a month until Election Day and on the cusp of Sunday’s crucial presidential debate.
The comments come as Trump talks to Billy Bush of “Access Hollywood” on the set of “Days of Our Lives” in 2005.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said the remarks “sickened” him as he angrily revoked an invitation for the candidate to visit a GOP event Saturday in his native Wisconsin. But like most of the many lawmakers who slammed Trump’s words as reprehensible, Ryan did not pull his endorsement of his party’s nominee.
“I hope Mr. Trump treats this situation with the seriousness it deserves and works to demonstrate to the country that he has greater respect for women than this clip suggests,” Ryan said.
“You, sir, are the distraction,” said an angry Utah Sen. Mike Lee in a video posted to his Facebook page. “Your conduct, sir, is the distraction.”
Lee called for Trump to end his campaign, saying it was time for the GOP to “expect more.”
Clinton, who spent Friday away from the campaign trail preparing for Sunday’s debate, weighed in on Twitter, calling Trump’s comments “horrific” and adding, “We cannot allow this man to become president.”
For more than a year, Trump’s outrageous and often outlandish comments have given Republicans fits. But with some notable exceptions — including nearly all the party’s living past presidents and White House nominees — GOP officials have at least nominally thrown their support behind him.
With files from Global News & AM980