Trump dis­misses Repub­li­can lead­ers’ calls to quit race

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT -

NEW YORK (AP): DE­FI­ANT Don­ald Trump in­sisted yes­ter­day that he would “never” aban­don his White House bid, fac­ing an in­ten­si­fy­ing backlash from Repub­li­can lead­ers across the na­tion who called for him to quit the race fol­low­ing the re­lease of his vul­gar and sex­u­ally charged com­ments caught on tape.

With Repub­li­cans from Utah to Alabama to New Hamp­shire turn­ing their back on their nom­i­nee, GOP loy­al­ists like House Speaker Paul Ryan re­fused to give up on Trump, who has long faced crit­i­cism from within his own party, but never to this de­gree.

Frus­tra­tion turned to panic across the GOP with early vot­ing al­ready un­der­way in some states and elec­tion day one month away.

“As dis­ap­pointed as I’ve been with his an­tics through­out this cam­paign, I thought sup­port­ing the nom­i­nee was the best thing for our coun­try and our party,” Alabama Repub­li­can Martha Roby said in a state­ment. “Now, it is abun­dantly clear that the best thing for our coun­try and our party is for Trump to step aside and al­low a re­spon­si­ble, re­spectable Repub­li­can to lead the ticket.”

Trump was slapped by his own run­ning mate, In­di­ana Gov­er­nor Mike Pence, who said he was

A“of­fended by the words and ac­tions” Trump de­scribed in the video. “I do not con­done his re­marks and can­not de­fend them,” the Repub­li­can vice-pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee said. Hav­ing can­celled a sched­uled ap­pear­ance in Wis­con­sin yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, Pence cited tonight’s pres­i­den­tial debate as an op­por­tu­nity for Trump to “show what is in his heart”.

Sev­eral of the Repub­li­cans who want Trump out say Pence should take his place as the nom­i­nee.

Trump, though, de­clared he would not yield the GOP nom­i­na­tion un­der any cir­cum­stances.

“Zero chance I’ll quit,” he told The Wall Street Jour­nal.

He told The Wash­ing­ton Post: “I’d never with­draw. I’ve never with­drawn in my life.” He claimed to have “tremen­dous sup­port”. In a video­taped mid­night apol­ogy, Trump de­clared: “I was wrong and I apol­o­gise”, after be­ing caught on tape brag­ging about ag­gres­sively grop­ing women in 2005.

He also de­fi­antly dis­missed the rev­e­la­tions as “noth­ing more than a dis­trac­tion” from a decade ago, and sig­naled he would press his pres­i­den­tial cam­paign by ar­gu­ing that ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton has com­mit­ted greater sins against women. Medics search for bod­ies un­der the rub­ble of a funeral hall that was tar­geted by a Saudiled coali­tion airstrike in Sanaa, Ye­men, yes­ter­day.

DON­ALD TRUMP

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