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It's Your Call: Donald Trump's Future with the GOP

October 10, 2016 - 6:00am

Donald J. Trump issued an unusual videotaped apology early Saturday after a 2005 recording surfaced that showed him speaking in extraordinarily vulgar terms about women, setting off an uproar, including further defections, in the Republican Party.

“Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am,” he said. “I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.”

The apology came as the presidential nominee faced extraordinary censure from Republican leaders after the tape was made public. The recording captures Trump speaking about pushing himself on women and boasting that he could get away with “anything” because of his celebrity.

In the three-minute recording, which was obtained by The Washington Post, Trump recounts to the television personality Billy Bush of “Access Hollywood” how he once pursued a married woman and “moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there,” expressing regret that they did not have sex. But he brags of a special status with women: Because he was “a star,” he says, he could “grab them by the pu---” whenever he wanted.

“You can do anything,” Trump says.

He also said he was compulsively drawn to kissing beautiful women “like a magnet” — “I don’t even wait” — and talked about plotting to seduce the married woman by taking her furniture shopping. Trump, who was 59 when he made the remarks, went on to disparage the woman, whom he did not name, saying, “I did try and f--- her. She was married,” and saying, “She’s now got the big phony tits and everything.”

On Friday night, Speaker Paul D. Ryan withdrew an invitation for Trump to appear alongside him in Wisconsin this weekend. Ryan described himself in a statement as “sickened” by Trump’s remarks.

Hours before his video apology, Trump released a statement on Friday afternoon expressing regret “if anyone was offended” by his comments, but he tried to play down the tape as a snippet of “locker room banter.”

His running mate, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, telephoned Trump Friday night and urged him to show humility, according to an adviser to the nominee who requested anonymity to reveal a private conversation. (Trump had already decided to apologize when Pence called, the adviser noted.)

Sen. Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, issued a statement late Friday night calling on Trump to express contrition -- and possibly offering other Senate Republicans cover to disavow the nominee if he refused to apologize.

“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,” Mr. McConnell said.

While neither Ryan nor McConnell immediately withdrew formal support for Trump, Republican leaders in Washington held anguished discussions throughout the evening about how the party should proceed with a badly wounded and potentially toxic nominee. 

They cannot remove their nominee from the ticket, it's too late to invoke Rule 9. But if Trump voluntarily dropped out, the party could proceed with selecting an alternative. Some Republican lawmakers have called on him to do just that, including Sen. Mark S. Kirk of Illinois, who previously said he would not support Trump, and Reps. Mike Coffman of Colorado and Barbara Comstock of Virginia. Trump has said no way would he ever quit.

Both former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S.Sen. Marco Rubio, two of Trump's primary rivals, publicly denounced Trump's remarks. Said Rubio, "Donald’s comments were vulgar, egregious & impossible to justify.”

(Much of the above description of the situation came from The New York Times.) 

Our question for you is this:

Should Donald Trump voluntarily step down as the GOP presidential standard bearer?

 

Comments

....And Hillary sure is an expert on 'cheating'! GO TRUMP!!

To quote from an old movie - I'M MAD AS HELL AND I WON'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!!! Enough hand wringing about the stupid tape - and I'm a woman. This was 11 years ago, it was trash talk between 2 men who were trying to be macho.....SO WHAT!! Where was all this outrage when there was a sitting president abusing women right in the nations house? Where was the outrage when his bitch of a wife attacked the victims of her degenerate husband - and not just while he was president - but for years before AND afterwards. WAKE UP PEOPLE........this whole episode is being orchestrated by the Clinton SLIME machine. Why do you think it came out now when it's been know for years? SHE'S LOSING that's why. Anyone who doesn't know that Clintons, Podesto and their whole team aren't evil snakes in the grass has been living under a rock. Trump may not be perfect - who is - but he's a hell of a lot better than the bitch and her murdering crew.

THIS Democrat couldn't have said it better ! Thank you "Jackie" !

My. Spoken like a True Trumpette. I don't know which locker rooms you frequent, but those in which I- and those of my sons-enjoy,such speech as Trump's is never heard. As an observation, Trump was not in a locker room when he uttered these words; he was working. Just as Trump's words define the man, so, too, do yours. A key point-Bill Clinton is not running or President.

The "alternative" is Hillary,...which means that YOUR Sons will, without doubt, be exponentially "at war" and continually emasculated for even MORE decades...

...and you, scexile, are completely full of crap! Just as others' words define the person's capability of logical thinking, so have yours, and you sir, are simply incorrect in your initial statement. Unless you're actually IN the locker room with your son and his friends, ask any of them and they'll deny any type of conversation regarding women, just like young ladies never discuss guys in their locker rooms, or lady's rooms either! I suggest you get out and seek a dose of reality for yourself and actually learn about what's truly going on around you. To your own "key point, Mr. Trump was NOT running for ANY public office 15 or 16 years ago, so before you shoot off labelling others, let's label you as closed minded. GO TRUMP!!

Au contraire.. Quite a few men (and more than a few women) have a slightly different view of their particular locker rooms..while Trump was not running for office in 2005, he made these comments and admitted his actions while at work. The Justice Dept. has stated that actions such as those Trump described as doing is classified as sexual assault. Politically unwise speech does not and never will masquerade as either truth or integrity. If these kinds of statements are common in your world,perhaps you should other investigate other "locker rooms" in which such offensive speech and/or braggadocio is absent.Then again.... John Amaechi OBE @JohnAmaechi "Politics isn't sport.The White House isn't a locker room.Respecting women (et al.) seems a desperately low bar to fail in 2016." ​LA Clippers coach and former NBA point guard Doc Rivers said that "if Trump thinks his comments constitute locker room talk, “that’s a new locker room for me.” Several other current and former sports stars weighed in to say that people don’t actually talk like Trump in locker rooms. Sean Doolittle @whatwouldDOOdo "As an athlete, I've been in locker rooms my entire adult life and uh, that's not locker room talk." Chris Conley ✔ @_flight17_ "Just for reference. I work in a locker room (every day)... that is not locker room talk. Just so you kno.." Chris Kluwe @ChrisWarcraft "Hahaha, "locker room talk." Like that fucking inflatable clown dummy would ever make it in a legit locker room." Brett Anderson ✔ @BrettAnderson35 "What kind of f..ked up locker rooms has Donald Trump been in...Sage Rosenfels ✔ @SageRosenfels18 I was a 5 sport athlete in high school. 5 years of college football.12 years in the NFL.Guys don't talk like that in locker rooms." #TrumpCJ McCollum ✔ @CJMcCollum "I haven't heard that one in any locker rooms" Kendall Marshall ✔ @KButter5 "PSA: sexual advances without consent is NOT locker room talk."

Less than 30 days before the election and look, dumb dumb wanna see Trump step down taking our candidate out of the race because someone taped him saying free speech talk that what? Offended someone? Poor baby, this isn't children's hour! Wake up people..... were in the last hour and it's time to rumble. Clinton Camp leaked this and is jumping up and down doing every thing they can to win, yep that includes cheating.

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