Donald Trump was secretly recorded saying he was drawn like a magnet to beautiful women back in 2005. “I just start kissing them,” the GOP presidential nominee boasted. “I don’t even wait.”
The Washington Post published the tape Friday. Trump also mentioned groping and having sex with women, saying that “when you’re a star, they let you do anything … I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything…”Grab ‘em by the p-y.”
Since the comments, several prominent GOP leaders have backed off supporting Trump for president.
Sen. John McCain tweeted, “There are no excuses for Donald Trump’s offensive behavior. Cindy & I will not vote for him.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger will not vote for Trump, he said in written statement released on Twitter Saturday.
“For the first time since I became a citizen in 1983, I will not vote for the Republican candidate for President,” Schwarzenegger said.
Condoleezza Rice posted on her Facebook page, “Enough! Donald Trump should not be President. He should withdraw.”
She continued: 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.”
John Kasich said, “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.”
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said, “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.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stood firm against his party’s nominee, saying in a statement: “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.”
Jeb Bush tweeted, “As the grandfather of two precious girls, I find that no apology can excuse away Donald Trump’s reprehensible comments degrading women.”
Mitt Romney probably wasn’t voting for Trump anyway, but tweeted, “Hitting on married women? Condoning assault? Such vile degradations demean our wives and daughters and corrupt America’s face to the world.”
Carly Fiorina called for Trump to “step aside” for the good of the Republican Party.
Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee issued a curt statement: “No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever.”
“I will not be voting for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton and instead will be writing in Governor Pence for President on Election Day,” Sen. Kelly Ayotte said.