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Donald Trump was forced into an unprecedented apology after a storm of condemnation and disavowals by fellow Republicans and opponents alike over obscene boasts about using his fame to sexually prey on women.

Trump’s presidential campaign was plunged into crisis on Friday when a tape from 2005 emerged in which he brags to a TV host that when approaching beautiful women he can “grab them by the pussy”, kiss and grope them because he is a star.

In the conversation taking place on a bus, Trump tells Billy Bush – a cousin of George and Jeb Bush who was hosting the show Access Hollywood at the time – about his approach with women as they prepare to meet a soap opera star for a segment.

The then newly married Trump reminisces about making a pass at a married woman. “I moved on her I failed I admit … I did try and fuck her. She was married.” The Republican nominee goes on to describe his efforts at seduction by saying: “I moved on her like a bitch but I couldn’t get there and she was married.

“I am automatically attracted to beautiful women. 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.”

Bush banters with Trump and eggs him on before the now Republican nominee says: “Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”

The comments, made on live microphone, were revealed by the Washington Post on Friday.

Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate for president, said via Twitter: “This is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president.”

Trump initially dismissed the vulgar bragging as “locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago”. He added: “Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course – not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended.”

But as one Republican after another lined up to condemn the lewd banter – including the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, who cancelled a joint campaign appearance – Trump was forced to prepare a fuller apology.

In a 90-second video eventually released after midnight, Trump said: “Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it. I am wrong. I apologize.

“I’ve never said I am a perfect person nor pretended to be someone that I am not. I’ve said and done things I regret and the words released today on this more than decade-old video are one of them.”

However, Trump characteristically tried to turn to his advantage a situation brought about by his own outrageous behaviour – by pointing the finger at someone else.

He continued: “I’ve said some foolish things but there is a big difference between the words and actions of other people. Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims. We will discuss this more in the coming days. See you at the debate on Sunday.”

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The latest controversy sent Trump’s party into yet another frenzy, with Republican lawmakers having to once again issue swift condemnations of their own standard bearer.

Paul Ryan, the top-ranking Republican in Washington, said he was “sickened” by the contents of the video. The House speaker also announced in a statement that Trump would no longer appear at what was slated to be their first campaign event together in Ryan’s home state of Wisconsin on Saturday. Trump confirmed that his running mate, Indiana governor Mike Pence, would take his place at the Republican county festival.

Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, dubbed Trump’s remarks as “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,” McConnell said.

But neither of the two Republican leaders explicitly withdrew their endorsements of Trump.

Some members of Trump’s party signaled any patience they might have had was gone, including a group from Utah where Trump is struggling amid aversion from a heavily Mormon population.

Gary Herbert, the Republican governor of Utah, wrote on Twitter that Trump’s remarks were “beyond offensive and despicable”.

“While I cannot vote for Hillary Clinton, I will not vote for Trump,” he said.

Jason Chaffetz, the Republican congressman who chairs the House committee tasked with investigating Clinton’s use of a private email server, also withdrew his support, sounding beside himself with anger and exasperation in a series of emotionally charged interviews.

“I’m out – I can no longer in good conscience endorse this person for president,” Chaffetz told a Fox television affiliate.

“It is some of the most abhorrent and offensive comments that you can possibly imagine,” the congressman added, noting he could no longer look his 15-year-old daughter or his wife in the eye while backing Trump. On CNN, Chaffetz declared Trump had only “apologised for getting caught”.

The former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination in 2012, said Trump should drop out of the race. Mitt Romney, who in 2012 became the first Mormon presidential nominee of a major party, said: “Hitting on married women? Condoning assault? Such vile degradations demean our wives and daughters and corrupt America’s face to the world.”

Mike Lee, a Utah senator well regarded across the conservative movement, joined a chorus of voices calling on Trump to step aside.

“You, sir, are a distraction. Your conduct is a distraction,” said Lee, who had already declined to endorse Trump because of his attacks on his good friend Ted Cruz.

“This can’t continue. It’s time for us not to settle. It’s time for us to expect more.”

During the presidential primary contest, Trump bizarrely accused Cruz’s father of being involved in the assassination of John F Kennedy and even insulted the physical appearance of the Texas senator’s wife, Heidi Cruz.

Other Republicans were less willing to go as far as outright denunciation – with some milder criticism coming from vulnerable senators whose re-election bids will determine whether Republicans maintain their precarious control over the US Senate in November.

Marco Rubio, the Florida senator who sparred bitterly with Trump in the Republican presidential primary, said Trump’s comments “were vulgar, egregious and impossible to justify”.

“No one should ever talk about any woman in those terms, even in private,” added Rubio, who nonetheless plans to cast his ballot for Trump next month.

Senator John McCain of Arizona said there were “no excuses for Donald Trump’s offensive and demeaning comments”.

“No woman should ever be victimized by this kind of inappropriate behavior,” the 2008 Republican presidential nominee said in a statement. “He alone bears the burden of his conduct and alone should suffer the consequences.”

But McCain similarly declined to rescind his endorsement of Trump.

There were similar statements from no-longer delicate dance extended to senators Rob Portman of Ohio, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, whose response was almost routine: Trump’s “offensive and unacceptable comments” deserved rebuke but did not quite warrant retreating from the man inextricably tied to their fortunes.

Trump – who got his start in political life by spreading the false conspiracy theory that Barack Obama was not born in the United States – has a long history of offensive statements towards women, minorities, foreigners and non-white constituencies.

He launched his campaign in June 2015 by suggesting that Mexico was deliberately sending rapists across the border into the United States.

He has attacked on the Muslim parents of a soldier killed in Iraq; accused federal judge Gonzalo Curiel of being biased because of his Mexican background; declared that 2008 GOP nominee John McCain, a survivor of torture, is not a war hero because he was captured; and called for a blanket ban on all Muslims entering the United States.

Trump’s contemptuous and demeaning remarks about women have brought about some of the lowest moments in American political campaigning.

The Republican nominee insinuated that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly asked him tough questions in the first primary debate because she was menstruating. He attacked former rival Carly Fiorina as unattractive. In the first presidential debate held September, Trump came under attack from Hillary Clinton for calling a Venezuelan winner of the Miss Universe competition “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping”. In response, he used Twitter to falsely claim that the woman in question, Alicia Machado, had made a sex tape.

The controversies have left Trump’s support at seldom-seen lows among women. A recent poll from the Economist/YouGov showed that 68% of female voters had either a somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable view of the Republican candidate.

Ted Cruz was arguably among the most flat-footed in the wake of the latest fallout. The senator and father of two young daughters rebuked Trump’s comments on Friday night as “disturbing and inappropriate”.

“There is simply no excuse for them,” Cruz tweeted, adding that “every wife, mother, daughter – every person – deserves to be treated with dignity and respect”.

But the timing for the senator, who bashed the real estate developer as “a pathological liar” and “serial philanderer”, could not be more inopportune.

Cruz boldly urged fellow Republicans to “vote their conscience” at the Republican national convention in July, drawing boos from the thousands gathered in Cleveland.

Then, two weeks ago, he sent shockwaves across the political spectrum by endorsing Trump.

On Friday, the tape exposing Trump’s sexually aggressive remarks about women brought a moment of truth. Cruz, like the majority of his Republican colleagues, declined to go so far as withdrawing his endorsement.