These Republicans Have Disavowed Trump Since Lewd Tape Emerged
WASHINGTON -- After Friday's video revealing sexually aggressive comments made by Donald Trump in 2005, these Republicans have either rescinded previous endorsements of Donald Trump, made a final determination that they will not support Trump, or asked Trump to leave the presidential race and let Indiana Gov. Mike Pence run at the top of the ticket. The list does not include Republicans such as House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) who issued condemnations but did not pull endorsements or advocate any action against Trump.
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.): The No. 3 Republican in the Senate tweeted, "Donald Trump should withdraw and Mike Pence should be our nominee effective immediately."
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.): "I have raised questions about his character after his comments on Prisoners of War, the Khan Gold Star family, Judge Curiel and earlier inappropriate comments about women. Just this week, he made outrageous statements about the innocent men in the Central Park Five case," McCain said in a statement. “As I said yesterday, there are no excuses for Donald Trump’s offensive and demeaning comments in the just released video; no woman should ever be victimized by this kind of inappropriate behavior. He alone bears the burden of his conduct and alone should suffer the consequences." The senator said he would "write in the name of some good conservative Republican who is qualified to be president."
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.): "I cannot and will not support someone who brags about degrading and assaulting women," Gardner said in a statement. "...If Donald Trump wishes to defeat Hillary Clinton, he should do the only thing that will allow us to do so -- step aside, and allow Mike Pence to be the Republican Party's nominee." The senator added that he'll write-in Pence on the ballot.
Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.): "The comments made by Mr. Trump were disgusting and totally unacceptable under any circumstance," she tweeted. "It would be wise for him to step aside and allow Mike Pence to serve as our party's nominee."
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska): “Offensive and inappropriate statements made by Donald Trump throughout this campaign have caused me to withhold my support or an endorsement," she said in a statement on her campaign website. "...The video that surfaced yesterday further revealed his true character. He not only objectified women, he bragged about preying upon them. I cannot and will not support Donald Trump for President – he has forfeited the right to be our party’s nominee. He must step aside.”
Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho): "I have reached the decision that I can no longer endorse Donald Trump. This is not a decision that I have reached lightly, but his pattern of behavior has left me no choice," the senator wrote on his Facebook page. "His repeated actions and comments toward women have been disrespectful, profane and demeaning. I have spent more than two decades working on domestic violence prevention. Trump’s most recent excuse of 'locker room talk' is completely unacceptable and is inconsistent with protecting women from abusive, disparaging treatment." Crapo encouraged Trump to step aside and let Pence take the top of the ticket.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.): In a debate with challenger Gov. Maggie Hassan this week, Ayotte was asked if Trump could be a role model for children. "There are many role models that we have, and I believe he can serve as president, and so absolutely," the senator replied. After the debate, Ayotte said she "misspoke" and "neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton have set a good example and I wouldn’t hold up either of them as role models for my kids." Today, Ayotte issued a statement saying "a mom and an American first, and I cannot and will not support a candidate for president who brags about degrading and assaulting women." Ayotte said she will write in Pence.
Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska): The senator and former state attorney general stressed that throughout his career he's worked to combat sexual assault and domestic violence and "worked to encourage men to choose respect and change the culture of abuse against women and children, which is at epidemic levels in Alaska and many parts of the country." Sullivan said the country needs leaders "who can lead by example on this critical issue," and the "reprehensible revelations about Donald Trump have shown that he can't -- therefore, I am withdrawing my support for his candidacy." Sullivan supports Pence for president.
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.): The senator said she was "deeply offended by Mr. Trump's remarks" and added "the appropriate next step may be for him to reexamine his candidacy."
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah): The senator used a Facebook livestream late Friday night. “Your conduct, sir, is the distraction,” Lee said. “It’s the distraction from the very principles that will help us win in November. You yourself, sir, Mr. Trump, have stated repeatedly that the goal, the objective, has got to be to defeat Hillary Clinton in November. I couldn’t agree more. Mr. Trump, I respectfully ask you, with all due respect to step aside. Step down. Allow someone else to carry the banner of these principles.”