Prominent Republicans withdraw support, wife criticizes, Donald Trump remains defiant
After facing flak from all corner, US Presidential nominee Donald Trump on Saturday vowed to remain in the presidential race even as his campaign was thrown into crisis as both his wife and running mate criticized him.
According to media reports, more than a dozen prominent Republicans withdrew support and urged him to drop out following news of a recording of him making lewd comments.
The former reality TV star writes, “The media and establishment want me out of the race so badly – I will never drop out of the race, will never let my supporters down!”
The video released by two premier news organisation has been the latest calamity for Trump, who had hoped to revive his flagging campaign in the face of a recent drop in polls with less than a month until Election Day.
The video came out only two days before Trump is due to appear alongside Democrat Hillary Clinton on Sunday night in their second debate in the runup to the general election. Clinton is not expected to address Trump’s video before then.The video was taped only months after Trump married his third wife, Melania.
Melania Trump, in a statement, called her husband’s words “unacceptable and offensive to me.”
“This does not represent the man that I know,” Melania Trump said. “He has the heart and mind of a leader. I hope people will accept his apology, as I have, and focus on the important issues facing our nation and the world.”
More than 60 prominent Republican current and former officeholders issued statements condemning Trump’s remarks about women, including more than 20 who called for him to end his presidential bid.
In an unusual move, vice presidential running mate Mike Pence issued a critical statement of Trump’s words, saying on Twitter that he “cannot defend them.”
“As a husband and father, I was offended by the words and actions described by Donald Trump,” said Pence, who is governor of Indiana.