GOP Leaders Call on Trump to Withdraw | Leadership can’t continue support without alienating Republican base


In an unprecedented turn of events, a growing list of GOP leaders have rebuked Donald Trump over his misogynistic comments caught on video in 2005 and called for him to step down as the GOP presidential candidate.

SD Sen. John Thune (the third-highest ranking member of the Republican leadership in the Senate):

Donald Trump should withdraw and Mike Pence should be our nominee effective immediately.

AL GOP Rep. Martha Roby:

As disappointed as I’ve been with his antics throughout this campaign, I thought supporting the nominee was the best thing for our country and our party, Now, it is abundantly clear that the best thing for our country and our party is for Trump to step aside and allow a responsible, respectable Republican to lead the ticket.

Nebraska GOP Sen. Ben Sasse:

Character matters. @realDonaldTrump is obviously not going to win. But he can still make an honorable move: Step aside & let Mike Pence try.

IL Sen. Mark Kirk:

@realDonaldTrump should drop out. @GOP should engage rules for emergency replacement.

UT Sen. Mike Lee:

 I respectfully ask you, with all due respect, to step aside.  Step down.

UT GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz:

Well, I do wish that Mike Pence is at the top of the ticket. I really do.

Alabama GOP Rep. Bradley Byrne:

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.

GOP Rep. Joe Heck:

My hope is that this will not divide us and that we can unite behind Republican principles. We deserve a candidate who can ask him or herself at the end of the day  “did I live my life with honor and do I deserve to be elected president of the United States.”

CO GOP Rep. Mike Coffman:

 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.

WV Sen. Shelley Moore Capito:

 As a woman, a mother and a grandmother to three young girls, I am deeply offended by Mr. Trump’s remarks, and there is no excuse for the disgusting and demeaning language. Women have worked hard to gain the dignity and respect we deserve. The appropriate next step may be for him to reexamine his candidacy.

VA Rep. Barbara Comstock:

This is disgusting, vile, and disqualifying. 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.

UT Rep. Chris Stewart:

 I’m incredibly disappointed in our party’s candidate. And unlike the Democrats who have proven completely unwilling to hold secretary Clinton accountable for her illegal activities that endangered our national security, I am willing to hold Mr. Trump accountable. I am therefore calling for him to step aside and to allow Mike Pence to lead our party.

ID Sen. Mike Crapo:

 Make no mistake—we need conservative leadership in the White House. I urge Donald Trump to step aside and allow the Republican party to put forward a conservative candidate like Mike Pence who can defeat Hillary Clinton.

Carly Fiorina (GOP primary presidential candidate):

Donald Trump does not represent me or my party…Today I ask Donald Trump to step aside and for the RNC to replace him with Gov. Mike Pence.

Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt:

 For the benefit of the country, the party and his family, and for his own good, @realDonaldTrump should withdraw. More and worse oppo coming.

Former NY Gov. George Pataki:

I’m horrified by #TrumpTape news. @realDonaldTrump campaign is a poisonous mix of bigotry & ignorance. Enough! He needs to step down.

Former UT Gov. Jon Huntsman:

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.

It is unprecedented in recent political history for members of a major political party to call on its presidential nominee to drop out of the race just a month before election day.

 

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