Vulgar, egregious: Republican Party’s reaction to Trump being caught on tape
The Republican Party’s reaction to Trump being caught on tape bragging about groping and kissing women has been swift, with some lawmakers saying he should step aside.Updated: Oct 08, 2016 22:21 IST
Donald Trump’s growing list of missteps during the US presidential race is usually no longer a cause of consternation round the world. But the Republican Party’s reaction toTrump being caught on tapebragging about groping and kissing women has been swift, with some lawmakers saying he should step aside.
Several heavyweights of the Grand Old Party have condemned his reported remarks but stopped short of withdrawing their endorsement of the business magnate, including Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator John McCain.
Among those who asked for Trump to step down as the Republican candidate are Senators Mark Kirk and Mike Lee and Congressmen Mike Coffman and Chris Stewart.
On Friday, news outlets reported on a 2005 video that features Trump bragging about kissing and groping women that some rights activists said was tantamount to sexual assault.
“I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait,” Trump is heard saying in the video. “And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”
He can also be heard saying: “Grab them by the p**sy…You can do anything.”
Coffman told Denver7 channel: “For the good of the country, and to give Republicans a chance at defeating Hillary Clinton, Mr Trump should step aside…Mr Trump should put the country first and do the right thing.”
In a video posted on Facebook, Lee described Trump as a “distraction” and said, “It’s time for him to step aside so we can focus on the winning ideas that will carry Republicans through to a victory in November.”
Lee said if anyone spoke in the way Trump did to “my wife or my daughter or my mother…I certainly don’t think I’d feel comfortable hiring that person to be the leader of the free world”.
Kirk tweeted that Trump should drop out of the presidential race and the Republican Party should “engage rules for (an) emergency replacement”
Following are the people who criticised Donald Trump but did not withdraw their endorsement:
Every wife, mother, daughter -- every person -- deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. https://t.co/AVSEBastVc— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) 8 October 2016
Inexcusable. Trump's comments are inexcusable.— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) 8 October 2016
Donald's comments were vulgar, egregious & impossible to justify.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) 8 October 2016
No one should ever talk about any woman in those terms, even in private.
First Published: Oct 08, 2016 17:39 IST