The release of a tape of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump making demeaning comments about women on Friday has prompted several Republicans to withdraw their support of the business mogul.
The recording, from 2005, included Trump speaking about being able to kiss and grope women without their consent as a result of his status as a celebrity.
Donald Trump Lewd Tapes: Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, withdraw support.
One of the high-profile Republicans who withdrew their support of Trump was House Speaker Paul Ryan, as reported by CNN. “The speaker is going to spend the next month focused entirely on protecting our congressional majorities,” Ryan’s spokeswoman, AshLee Strong, said in a statement.
Some Republicans have also called for Trump to quit the presidential race.
While the recently released tape could adversely affect the Republican nominee, there are rumors regarding more videos emerging that could hamper Trump’s chances of winning the presidency. Bill Pruitt, a former producer from the show Apprentice, said there were “far worse” clips of Trump; and that the 2005 tape was “just the beginning.” The Bachelor Producer Mike Fleiss shared a post on Twitter, saying there is a “lot more where that came from.”
As reported by the Associated Press investigative team – which included interviews from former crew members, editors and contestants – was launched after allegations were made that Trump made demeaning comments about women during his time at the reality show. One of the crew members said the comments were made when there were “10 or 12 cameras rolling and getting that footage, which is why everybody was like, this guy just doesn’t care.”
Donald Trump Lewd Tapes: Hillary Clinton leads the race by 14 percent.
Meanwhile, on Monday Trump’s running mate Mike Pence lauded Trump as someone “who never quits.”
“I joined this campaign in a heartbeat because you have nominated a man for president who never quits, who never backs down,” Pence said. “He is a fighter. He is a winner, and we will make America great again when we make Donald Trump the 45th president of the United States of America.”
As reported by NBC News, Pence defended Trump following the release of the video. “It takes a big man to know when he’s wrong and to admit it and to have the humility to apologize and be transparent and be vulnerable with people,” Pence said. “Donald Trump last night showed that he’s a big man.”
According to CBS News, a recent poll has revealed that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is leading the race ahead of Trump by a margin of 14 percent (while the former secretary of state has earned 52 percent, Trump finds himself at 38 percent). Fifty two percent voters said the release of the tape of 2005 should be considered as a factor in the campaign while 42 percent said it should not.