Party hits out at Trump’s com­ments

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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

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