REPUBLICANS CALL FOR TRUMP TO DROP OUT
Party hits out at Trump’s comments
Pressure continues to mount on US presidential candidate Donald Trump as members of the Republican party moved to distance themselves from their nominee following the release of recordings in which Trump makes crude comments about women.
In the recording, a 2005 video obtained and released by The Washington Post and NBC News, 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. You can do anything.”
Trump’s campaign realised a video early yesterday of him apologising, in which he said the 2005 comments were “a distraction from the important issues we’re facing today”.
By then, Republicans were rounding on him. Utah senator Mike Lee was the latest to call on Trump to drop out.
Lee said in a video on Facebook: “You, sir, are the distraction. Your conduct, sir, is the distraction.”
Lee added the goal of the GOP is to defeat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. For that reason, he says, Trump should step aside.
Trump was defiant in his apology. The New York billionaire said: “We will discuss this more in the coming days.”
But with the second presidential debate on the horizon, Trump said the comments “don’t reflect” the man he is.
In the 90-second clip posted on his social media accounts, he said: “I was wrong and I apologise.
“I’ve said and done things I regret and the words released today on this more than a decade-old video are one of them.”
But he said his Hillary Clinton and her husband Bill have “done worse”.
He said former President Bill Clinton “has actually abused women” and Hillary “bullied, attacked, shamed his victims.”
However, a Republican congressman in Colorado joined Senator Lee in calling for Donald Trump to “step aside.”
Mike Coffman said his party’s nominee should leave the race “for the good of the country.”
Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz said he had withdrawn his endorsement.
He said he could “no longer in good conscience endorse this person,” adding that Trump’s comments were “some of the most abhorrent and offensive you can possibly imagine.”
You sir are the distraction. Your conduct is the distraction – Utah senator Mike Lee reacts to Donald Trump’s apology