Senator Cory Gardner pulls support for Trump, requests new nominee

Cory Gardner tweeted that Trump should step down and allow Pence to become nominee. (Photo: KDVR)

Cory Gardner tweeted that Trump should step down and allow Pence to become nominee. (Photo: KDVR)

DENVER — U.S. Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado joined other influential Republicans disavowing themselves of Donald Trump after audio of sexual comments made by the Republican presidential nominee was released.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Gardner publicly declared he would not be voting for Trump. Gardner’s full statement reads:

“Millions of Americans are set to choose between two people to lead this nation. One candidate is a danger to our constitution, freedoms and security, who would sell our national security to the highest bidder and finalize the destruction of the rule of law. The other – a candidate whose flaws are beyond mere moral shortcomings and who shows a disgust for American character and a disdain for dignity unbecoming of the Presidency. I cannot and will not support someone who brags about degrading and assaulting women. I am committed to defeating Hillary Clinton. The only way this is now possible is with a new nominee that reflects the values of our country and our party. I will not vote for Donald Trump. 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. If he fails to do so, I will not vote for Hillary Clinton but will instead write-in my vote for Mike Pence.”