US POLITICS

Defiant Trump Will Not Drop Out Of Presidential Race

Many Republican Party members have aired their dissatisfaction with Trump's lewd remarks

US POLITICS
REUTERS
Oct 08, 2016 at 1:26 PM ET

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Saturday said he would under no circumstances drop out of the race, despite losing some supporters within his party. Trump has come under fire over lewd and vulgar comments he made in a 2005 video uncovered and published by the Washington Post on Friday.

“I’d never withdraw. I’ve never withdrawn in my life,” Trump told the Post in an interview on Saturday. “No, I’m not quitting this race. I have tremendous support.”

When asked about Republican Party members abandoning his cause, Trump claimed that some of his supporters have urged him to keep running. “People are calling and saying, ‘Don’t even think about doing anything else but running.’ You have to see what’s going on. The real story is that people have no idea the support. I don’t know how that’s going to boil down but people have no idea the support.”

Trump’s defiance comes less than a day after the Post published a video in which Trump can be heard talking about sexually assaulting women with “Today” show co-host Billy Bush. At one point in the video Trump can be heard saying, “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything…Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”

Although Trump issued an apology over his remarks, some Republicans seem wary of continuing to ride on the Trump train. Jason Chaffetz, a representative from Utah, withdrew his support of the Republican nominee. “I’m out. I can no longer in good conscience endorse this person for president. It is some of the most abhorrent and offensive comments that you can possibly imagine,” Chaffetz told Utah’s Fox 13 News on Friday. However, when asked if Trump should halt his campaign, Chaffetz simply said that he wished Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence was atop the Republican ticket.

Meanwhile, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman on Friday called on Trump to withdraw from the race. “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,” he told The Salt Lake Tribune.

Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts and the Republican nominee for president in 2012, took to Twitter to voice his disappointment with Trump’s remarks. Romney said in March that he would not be voting for the New York real estate mogul in the upcoming race.