Published October 9, 2016
WASHINGTON — One day after the release of a video from 2005 that captured the Republican presidential nominee speaking in lewd and vulgar terms about women, Republicans are pulling their support for his quest to become the next president of the United States. By Saturday evening two dozen GOP lawmakers had withdrawn their support of Trump or have asked for him to give up his quest for the presidency.
Among the two dozen are two Republican members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to the list. Senators John McCain and Lisa Murkowski will not endorse Trump for president.
McCain was the 2008 Republican presidential nominee.
Sen. John McCain
McCain (R-Arizona) released the following statement today withdrawing his support of Donald Trump:
“In addition to my well known differences with Donald Trump on public policy issues, I have raised questions about his character after his comments on Prisoners of War, the Khan Gold Star family, Judge Curiel and earlier inappropriate comments about women. Just this week, he made outrageous statements about the innocent men in the Central Park Five case.
“As I said yesterday, there are no excuses for Donald Trump’s offensive and demeaning comments in the just released video; 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.
“I have wanted to support the candidate our party nominated. He was not my choice, but as a past nominee, I thought it was important I respect the fact that Donald Trump won a majority of the delegates by the rules our party set. I thought I owed his supporters that deference.”
Sen. Lisa Murkowski
Meanwhile, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) released the following statement:
“Offensive and inappropriate statements made by Donald Trump throughout this campaign have caused me to withhold my support or an endorsement. I have always supported the Republican presidential nominee and I had hoped to do the same in 2016. The video that surfaced yesterday further revealed his true character. He not only objectified women, he bragged about preying upon them. I cannot and will not support Donald Trump for President – he has forfeited the right to be our party’s nominee. He must step aside.”