Donald Trump came under an avalanche of criticism from members of his own party Friday night in the wake of the vulgar video that surfaced earlier in the day.
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Utah Sen. Mike Lee, who was floated as a possible Supreme Court nominee by Trump, released a video on Facebook shortly after Trump’s apology that excoriated the former reality TV star.
“It’s occurred to me on countless occasions today that if anyone spoke to my wife or my daughter or my five sisters like the way Mr. Trump has spoke to women, I wouldn’t hire that person, I wouldn’t want to be associated with that person,” Lee said.
“You, sir, are the distraction. Your conduct is the distraction . . . Mr. Trump, I respectfully ask you, with all due respect, to step aside. Step down.”
Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock also called for Trump to exit the race.
“This is disgusting, vile, and disqualifying,” Comstock said in a statement.
“No woman should ever be subjected to this type of obscene behavior and it is unbecoming of anybody seeking high office. In light of these comments, Donald Trump should step aside and allow our party to replace him with Mike Pence or another appropriate nominee from the Republican Party.”
Before Trump aired his apology video, Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz told Utah’s Fox 13 News that Trump’s words were “some of the most abhorrent and offensive comments that you can possibly imagine.”
“And why should we tolerate this?” Chaffetz asked. “This is the presidency of the United States of America: I just can’t do it.”
Also asking Trump to step aside was Republican Rep. Mike Coffman from Colorado and GOP Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois.
A source told AP that Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, was “beside himself,” and Pence’s wife was furious.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called the comments “repugnant,” and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said he was “sickened” by the remarks.
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