Trump’s 90-second apology statement completed a hard 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.
Similar statements came, unexpectedly, from deep red state representatives like Alabama’s Martha Roby, Nevada’s Joe Heck and Utah’s Jason Chaffetz, who told a Utah TV station following the Trump video leak, “I’m out”.
Tomorrow night will see Trump face off with Clinton for a second time in a town-hall style Presidential debate. Many Republican grandees who had been humiliated by Trump took it out on the fallen candidate.
Republican nominee Donald Trump is starting to lose some high profile Republican supporters in the wake of his lewd comments about groping and hitting on women. “@GOP should engage rules for emergency replacement”, he said on Twitter.
The question is how Trump bounces back from the most serious crisis of his campaign. Cindy, with her strong background in human rights and respect for women fully agrees with me in this. The person insisted on anonymity, lacking the authority to discuss internal campaign matters publicly.
Turning to his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, Trump accused her of having “bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated” her husband’s “victims”.
In the recording of a conversation Trump had with Billy Bush, a television host, that took place before they taped a segment for “Access Hollywood”, Trump brags about trying and failing to seduce a married woman. Trump says. “And when you’re a star, they let you do it”.
Trump released an early-morning video Saturday in which he apologized for the comments-just hours after apologizing only for causing offense with what he termed “locker room banter”. “The people didn’t say that but the reporters said that”, Trump said. “You can do anything”. “I said, ‘I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture'”. Trump has spent months hinting he might make the Clintons’ marital issues and their handling of the president’s affairs a campaign issue.
“I did try and f– her”.
“I apologize if anyone was offended”, Trump said.
He went on: “I don’t agree with what was said – it’s not a good thing to be saying“.
“I’ve never said I’m a flawless person, nor pretended to be someone I’m not”, Trump said.
Democrats have sought to highlight such behavior in order to encourage women voters not to support Trump with less than a month to go until the November 8 election.
Utah’s Republican Governor Gary Herbert said on Twitter he would also no longer vote for Trump.
The answer was No for a growing number of GOP senators. “We must not allow this man to become president”.
In the statement, Trump said, ten years later, he is a changed man, but he still used the opportunity to direct a barb at Bill Clinton, bringing up the ex-president’s infidelities, while promising to talk more about the Clintons’ past in coming days. But the unprecedented nature of the controversy and the mass desertion of a major party nominee by its members cast a new level of uncertainty about Trump’s fate in this unpredictable election year.
And Republican Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho revoked his endorsement: “This is not a decision that I have reached lightly, but his pattern of behavior left me no choice”. With just one month to Election Day and as early voting has already begun in some states, replacing the Republican nominee would be a near-impossible task.
Meanwhile, Ryan fundraising chief Spencer Zwick said he’s been fielding calls from donors who “want help putting money together to fund a new person to be the GOP nominee”.