The release of audio on Friday that showed Donald Trump crudely talking about groping women unleashed a flurry of responses from Republicans condemning the party’s nominee.
Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, assailed Trump on social media.
“Hitting on married women? Condoning assault? Such vile degradations demean our wives and daughters and corrupt America’s face to the world,” Romney, who is not supporting Trump, tweeted.
Former Utah Gov. John Huntsman, who had indicated he would vote for Trump, reversed his position Friday and called on Trump to drop out and allow Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to lead the ticket.
“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," Huntsman told The Salt Lake Tribune.
In the audio from 2005, obtained by The Washington Post, Trump makes lewd comments about women, saying some let him grab them in the crotch.
Trump is heard talking with Billy Bush of “Access Hollywood” as they were riding a private bus to the set of “Days of Our Lives” for a Trump cameo.
“I moved on her and I failed — I’ll admit it,” Trump is heard saying about an unidentified woman. Using a vulgar term, Trump says he tried to have sex with her and mentions that the woman was married at the time.
Anna Navarro, a Republican strategist who backed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in the GOP primary, said she was appalled by the audio.
“It is absolutely disgusting,” Navarro said on CNN. “This is not locker room banter.”
For his part, Bush offered the following response:
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