Here’s the list of GOP responses to Trump’s vulgar comments about groping women

Republicans on Friday were quick to condemn Donald Trump’s vulgar 2005 remarks about women, which were caught on tape during preparations for an Access Hollywood segment. The recording of Trump talking on a bus to then-Access Hollywood host Billy Bush was published earlier on Friday by The Washington Post, threatening to derail Trump’s campaign just two days before the second presidential debate.

In the recording, Trump talked in lewd terms about his attempt to seduce a married woman. “I did try and f**k her. She was married,” Trump said. Trump added that he “moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there.”

At another point in the recording, which was made as Trump and Bush spoke off-camera on a bus, Trump boasted about kissing and groping women. “I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”

Trump added that he thought his celebrity status allowed him to act this way. “And when you’re a star, they let you do it,” he said. “You can do anything.”

Later Friday night, Trump issued a statement in a minute-long video released on Facebook. “I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize,” he said, and called the video “a distraction from the important issues we’re facing today. We are losing ourjobs, we are less safe than we were eight years ago, and Washington is totally broken.” He went on to accuse Bill Clinton of abusing women and Hillary Clinton of having “bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims.”

We’re tracking comments from Trump’s supporters, detractors and primary rivals as they pour in through emails and across social media. While many Republican commenters seem to agree with Michael Gerson’s assessment that Trump’s comments were “predatory,” and “demeaning,” there was no immediate sign on Friday of a broader shift in voting loyalty away from the party’s nominee.


Donald Trump, Republican presidential nominee
Response: “This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course – not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended.”

And later Friday night: “I’ve said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than a decade-old video are one of them.” Watch the full video here.

Gov. Mike Pence, Republican vice presidential nominee
Response: “As a husband and father, I was offended by the words and actions described by Donald Trump the eleven-year-old video released yesterday. I do not condone his remarks and cannot defend them. I am grateful that he has expressed remorse and apologized to the American people. We pray for his family and look forward to the opportunity he has to show what is in his heart when he goes before the nation tomorrow night.”

Melania Trump, wife of Donald Trump
Response: “The words my husband used are unacceptable and offensive to me. This does not represent the man that I know. He has the heart and mind of a leader. I hope people will accept his apology, as I have, and focus on the important issues facing our nation and the world. ”

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Trump’s Texas campaign chairman
Response: “There is absolutely no excuse to ever talk about women in such a crude and demeaning way. He was certainly right to apologize. But we can’t let this firestorm distract voters from the frightening policies revealed today in the WikiLeaks of Hillary’s emails, including her “dream” of “open trade and open borders,” which would spell ruin for the future of our country.”

Ben Carson
Response: “In no way do I condone Trumps behavior – in fact I condemn any form of disrespect toward women. We should always honor and respect the dignity of our mothers, sisters and daughters. Even though the incident happened ten years ago, well before Trump entered the political arean, this behavior is unacceptable, especially by someone who aspires to higher office … I feel fairly certain that the progressives have had knowledge of this conversation for a long time and dropped it at this point in time in an effort too [sic] obscure the release of damaging information about Hillary Clinton and her desire for open borders.”


House Speaker Paul Ryan, R, Wisconsin
Response: “I am sickened by what I heard today. Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified. I hope Mr. Trump treats this situation with the seriousness it deserves and works to demonstrate to the country that he has greater respect for women than this clip suggests. In the meantime, he is no longer attending tomorrow’s event in Wisconsin.”
Trump endorsement? Yes

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R, Ky.
Response: “These comments are repugnant, and unacceptable in any circumstance. As the father of three daughters, I strongly believe that Trump needs to apologize directly to women and girls everywhere, and take full responsibility for the utter lack of respect for women shown in his comments on that tape.”
Trump endorsement? Yes

Reince Priebus, RNC Chairman
Response: “No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever.”
Trump endorsement? Yes

Sen. John Thune, R, South Dakota
Response: “Donald Trump should withdraw and Mike Pence should be our nominee effective immediately.”


Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R, New Hampshire
Response: “I wanted to be able to support my party’s nominee, chosen by the people, because I feel strongly that we need a change in direction for our country. However, I am a mom and an American first, and I cannot and will not support a candidate for president who brags about degrading and assaulting women. I will not be voting for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton and instead will be writing in Governor Pence for president on Election Day.”

Rep. Bradley Byrne, R, AL
Response: “Donald Trump’s comments regarding women were disgraceful and appalling. There are absolutely no circumstances under which it would ever be appropriate to speak of women in such a way.It is now clear Donald Trump is not fit to be President of the United States and cannot defeat Hillary Clinton. I believe he should step aside and allow Governor Pence to lead the Republican ticket.”

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R, Utah
Response: “I’m out. I can no longer in good conscience endorse this person for president. It is some of the most abhorrent and offensive comments that you can possibly imagine.”
Trump endorsement? Yes

Rep. Mike Coffman, R, Colorado
Response: “For the good of the country, and to give the Republicans a chance of defeating Hillary Clinton, Mr. Trump should step aside. His defeat at this point seems almost certain. And four years of Hillary Clinton is not what is best for this country. Mr. Trump should put the country first and do the right thing.”

Sen. Mike Crapo, R, Idaho
Response: 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 patter of behavior has left me with no choice. 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.

Sen. Deb Fischer, R, Nebraska
Response: “The comments made by Mr. Trump were disgusting and totally unacceptable under any circumstance.” + “It would be wise for him to step aside and allow Mike Pence to serve as our party’s nominee.”
Trump endorsement? Yes

Mike Gallagher, R, candidate for Congress in Wisconsin’s 8th District
Response: “I denounce Donald Trump’s disgusting and offensive comments and strongly echo the sentiments of my mother, sister, niece and all women who deserve to be treated with our utmost respect.”

Sen. Cory Gardner, R, Colorado
Response: “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 reflect 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 aide, 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.”

Gov. Bill Haslam, R, Tennesse
Response: “It is time for the good of the nation and the Republican Party for Donald Trump to step aside and let Gov. Mike Pence assume the role as the party’s nominee. If he does not step aside, I will write in a Republican for the office of President.”

Rep. Joe Heck, R, Nev. (Candidate for U.S. Senate)
Response: “I condemn in the strongest terms possible terms Donald Trump’s comments. The language he used was disgraceful and there are no circumstances where such behavior is acceptable.”
Trump endorsement? Yes

Gov. Gary Herbert, R, Utah
Response: “Donald Trump’s statements are beyond offensive & despicable. While I cannot vote for Hillary Clinton, I will not vote for Trump. #utpol”
Trump endorsement? Yes

Sen. Ron Johnson, R, Wisconsin
Response: Donald Trump’s recent comments are completely indefensible and I refuse to even attempt to try and do so.”
Trump endorsement? Yes

Sen. Mark Kirk, R, Illinois
Response: “DJT is a malignant clown – unprepared and unfit to be president of the United States.” + “.@realDonaldTrump should drop out. @GOP should engage rules for emergency replacement.”
Trump endorsement? No

Rep. Mia Love, R, Utah
Response: For the past several months I have been one of the few who refused to endorse Donald Trump. … Mr. Trump has yet to clear that bar and his behavior and bravado have reached a new low. I cannot vote for him. For the good of the party, and the country, he should step aside.
Trump endorsement? No

Sen. John McCain, R, Arizona
Response: “There are no excuses for Donald Trump’s offensive and demeaning comments. 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.”
Trump endorsement? Yes

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R, Alaska
Response: “I cannot and will not support Donald Trump for president. He has forfeited the right to be our party’s nominee.”

Sen. Dan Sullivan, R, Alaska
Response: “I’m calling on Trump to step aside for Gov. Pence. Trump can’t lead on critical issue of ending [domestic] violence & sexual assault.”

Sen. Pat Toomey, R, Penn.
Response: “Donald Trump’s comments were outrageous and unacceptable.”
Trump endorsement? No


Fmr. Gov. Jeb Bush, R, Florida
Response: “As the grandfather of two precious girls, I find that no apology can excuse away Donald Trump’s reprehensible comments degrading women.”
Trump endorsement? No

Sen. Ted Cruz, R, Texas
Response: “These comments are disturbing and inappropriate, there is simply no excuse for them.” + “Every wife, mother, daughter — every person — deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.”
Trump endorsement? Yes

Carly Fiorina
Response: “Donald Trump does not represent me and my party. I understand the responsibility of Republicans to support their nominee. Our nominee has weighty responsibilities as well. Donald Trump has manifestly failed in these responsibilities. … Today I ask Donald Trump to step aside and for the RNC to replace him with Gov. Mike Pence.”

Gov. John Kasich, R, Ohio
Response: “Nothing that has happened in the last 48 hours is surprising to me or many others. Many people were angry and questioned why I would not endorse Donald Trump or attend the Republican Convention. I’ve long had concerns with Donald Trump that go beyond his temperament…It’s clear that he hasn’t changed and has no interest in doing so. As a result, Donald Trump is a man I cannot support and should not support. The actions of the last day are disgusting, but that’s not why I reached this decision, it has been an accumulation of his words and actions that many have been warning about. I will not vote for a nominee who has behaved in a manner that reflects so poorly on our country. Our country deserves better.”
Trump endorsement? No

Sen. Marco Rubio, R, Florida
Response: “Donald’s comments were vulgar, egregious & impossible to justify.
No one should ever talk about any woman in those terms, even in private.”
Trump endorsement? Yes

Gov. Scott Walker, R, Wisconsin
Response: “Inexcusable. Trump’s comments are inexcusable.”
Trump endorsement? Yes


Fmr. Gov. Jon Huntsman, R, Utah
Response: “In a campaign cycle that has been nothing but a race to the bottom — at such a critical moment for our nation — and with so many who have tried to be respectful of a record primary vote, the time has come for Governor Pence to lead the ticket.”
Trump endorsement? Yes

Fmr. Gov. Mitt Romney, R, Mass.
Response: “Hitting on married women? Condoning assault? Such vile degradations demean our wives and daughters and corrupt America’s face to the world.”
Trump endorsement? No

Fmr. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
Response: “Enough! Donald Trump should not be President. He should withdraw. As a Republican, I hope to support someone who has the dignity and stature to run for the highest office in the greatest democracy on earth.”

Fmr. Rep. Joe Walsh, R, Illinois
Response: “Cut it out all u Republican pols w your fake outrage. We’ve all known this about Trump. Don’t act surprised now. It’s still him or Hillary”


Ana Navarro, former Jeb Bush adviser/Republican strategist
Response: “It is time to ask [Trump] to step down … he is not fit to be the Republican nominee, he is not fit to be called a man.”
Trump endorsement? No

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