Warning: Strong language ahead.
While many Republicans hoped the attention Friday would be on Hillary Clinton’s leaked Wall Street speeches, a newly released video featuring past comments from Donald Trump squashed those dreams.
The Washington Post released a video from 2005 in which Donald Trump bragged about making advances towards a married woman, as well as kissing and touching women without their consent.
In the video, Trump was speaking on a hot mic to media personality Billy Bush before he was set to appear on an episode of the “Days of Our Lives” television show.
Speaking about a married woman, Trump said, “I moved on her, and I failed. I’ll admit it… “I did try and f*** her. She was married.”
“And I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, ‘I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture. I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married”
Later in the video, Trump said:
“I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her… You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”
“When you’re a star, they let you do it,” said Trump. “Grab them by the p***y. You can do anything.”
Then came the outrage, largely from people on social media
Hitting on married women? Condoning assault? Such vile degradations demean our wives and daughters and corrupt America’s face to the world.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) 8 October 2016
Guys …remember when we freaked out about “binders full of women” …
— Jackie Kucinich (@JFKucinich) 7 October 2016
I hope this absolutely DEMOLISHES Trump. If this doesn’t, nothing can. If you’re a GOPer, I hope you vote Hillary, Johnson, or McMullin.
— Benji Backer (@BenjiBacker) 7 October 2016
Also notable: Trump has said numerous disgusting things in this 18 month-long cycle, & no apology came until a month out from Election Day.
— Bethany Bowra (@BethanyBowra) 8 October 2016
Would you excuse Trump’s comments if he was referencing your daughter, sister, or mother?
— Danielle Butcher (@DaniSButcher) 8 October 2016
Next, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) announced that he will no longer endorse Trump.
“I’m out. I can no longer in good conscience endorse this person for president. It is some of the most abhorrent and offensive comments that you can possibly imagine,” said Chaffetz.
Donald Trump released a video statement Friday night, explaining that he has changed over the course of the campaign.
“I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not,” said Trump. “This is nothing more than a distraction from the important issues we are facing today. We are losing our jobs, we are less safe than we were 8 years ago and Washington is broken. Hillary Clinton, and her kind, have run our country into the ground.”
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) also spoke out against Trump, saying he should step down.
“We’ve been asked to settle on matters of great principle with our candidate for President of the United State. This can’t continue,” said Lee.
Other prominent Republicans have since followed.
- Former Gov. Jon Huntsman (R-UT)
- Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA)
- Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)
- Former 2016 candidate Carly Fiorina
- Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt
- Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
- Sen. John Thune (R-SD)
- Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
Meanwhile, there are reports of GOP donors pulling their support and demanding a new nominee.
RedState’s Joe Cunningham reports:
Mark Halperin of Bloomberg is now reporting that major GOP donors are dumping their support of Donald Trump and seeking a new GOP candidate for the race. RNC officials are allegedly meeting to discuss the future of the candidacy (RNC lackey Sean Spicerdenies this) and there are reports that a meeting has been taking place at Trump Tower as well.
Trump said Saturday that there is “zero chance” he will quit the race.
“I’d never withdraw. I’ve never withdrawn in my life… No, I’m not quitting this race. I have tremendous support,” he told the Washington Post.
“They’re not going to make me quit, and they can’t make me quit… The Republicans, you’ve got to remember, have been running for a long time. The reason they don’t win is because they don’t stick together.”