List of Republicans distancing themselves from Trump grows
DENVER — Audio of Donald Trump unknowingly making lewd comments ignited a firestorm within the Republican party Saturday.
The newly released tape has led to high-profile supporters severing the already tenuous ties many in the GOP formed with the controversial candidate.
Despite calls for him to step down, Donald Trump on Saturday vowed to “never” drop out of the presidential race.
Trump’s defiance came as his own running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, said he was “offended” by Trump’s remarks and canceled plans to represent him at a political event on Saturday.
Colorado republican candidate for U.S. Senate Darryl Glenn has also called for Trump to step aside.
Here is a list of other republicans distancing themselves from the GOP nominee.
- Carly Fiorina, Former candidate for G.O.P. nomination – was first of former rivals to call for Trump to step down.
- Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire: Retracting her pledge to vote for Mr. Trump.
- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia: “The appropriate next step may be for him to re-examine his candidacy.”
- Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho: Withdrew his endorsement Saturday morning and urged Trump to step aside and allow Mike Pence to step up.
- Utah Gov. Gary Herbert: “While I cannot vote for Hillary Clinton, I will not vote for Trump.”
- Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah: “I’m out.”
- Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee Chairman
- House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled an invitation for Trump to join him at a rally in his home state, Wisconsin, on Saturday. Ryan said he was “sickened” by the comments.
- Marco Rubio, former GOP presidential rival & Florida senator: “Donald’s comments were vulgar, egregious & impossible to justify. No one should ever talk about any woman in those terms, even in private.”
- Ted Cruz, Texas senator and former GOP presidential rival, did not revoke his endorsement but said, “Every wife, mother, daughter — every person — deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. These comments are disturbing and inappropriate, there is simply no excuse for them.”
- John McCain, 2008 GOP presidential nominee & Arizona senator: “Donald Trump’s behavior this week, concluding with the disclosure of his demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults, make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy.”
- Mitt Romney, former Republican presidential nominee: “Hitting on married women? Condoning assault? Such vile degradations [sic] demean our wives and daughters and corrupt America’s face to the world.”
- Condoleezza Rice, Former secretary of State: “Enough! Donald Trump should not be President. He should withdraw.”
- Sen. Deb Fischer of Nebraska
- Sen. John Thune of South Dakota
- Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska
- Reps. Martha Roby and Bradley Byrne of Alabama
- Reps. Joe Heck and Cresent Hardy of Nevada
- Reps. Ann Wagner and Rodney Davis of Missouri
- Rep. Scott Garrett of New Jersey
- Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska: “I cannot and will not support Donald Trump for president. He has forfeited the right to be our party’s nominee.”
- Rep. Mia Love
- South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard: “Enough is enough. Donald Trump should withdraw in favor of Governor Mike Pence. This election is too important.”
- Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona: “Donald Trump is wrong about his level of support. He needs to withdraw from the race.”
- Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois
- Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska
- Rep. Barbara Comstock of Virginia
- Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania
- Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan
- Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley: “I certainly won’t vote for Hillary Clinton, but I cannot and will not vote for Donald Trump.”
- Rep. Frank Lo Biondo of New Jersey: “I will write in Governor Mike Pence for President.”
- Rep. Tom Rooney of Florida: “If I support him for President, I will be telling my boys that I think it’s okay to treat women like objects — and I’ll have failed as a dad. Therefore, I can no longer support Donald Trump for President and will not be voting for him or Hillary Clinton.”
- Sen. Mike Lee of Utah: “I respectfully ask you, with all due respect, to step aside. Step down, allow someone else to carry the banner of these principles… rather than weighing down the American people.”
- Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah: “I am willing to hold Mr. Trump accountable. I am therefore calling for him to step aside and to allow Mike Pence to lead our party.”