Republican Rep. Mike Coffman and Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado are among the growing list of GOP members of Congress and party leaders telling Donald Trump he should sep aside as their party's nominee for president.
Republican Darryl Glenn, who's running against incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, also called on Trump to quit the race.
Their statements come after a video published by the Washington Post on Friday showed Trump making lewd and sexually charged comments about women.
Donald Trump bragged in vulgar terms about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women during a 2005 conversation caught on a hot microphone, saying that “when you’re a star, they let you do it."
Coffman's being challenged for his seat in Congress by Democrat Morgan Carroll, who called Trump's comments "vile." Coffman told the Denver Post:
“For the good of the country, and to give the Republicans a chance of defeating Hillary Clinton, Mr. Trump should step aside,” Coffman said in a statement emailed by his campaign to The Denver Post Friday night. “His defeat at this point seems almost certain and four years of Hillary Clinton is not what is best for this country.”
Gardner used Twitter to get register his unhappiness:
If Donald Trump wishes to defeat Hillary Clinton, he should do the only thing that will allow us to do so - step aside. My full statement: pic.twitter.com/hadKP4gIrr
"Donald Trump is simply disqualified from being Commander in Chief--America cannot have a man who speaks this way about women be the face of our country to the Free World. I am therefore calling on Donald Trump to do the honorable, selfless thing--voluntarily step aside and let Mike Pence be our party's nominee so that we can defeat Hillary Clinton, keep control of the Senate, and put our nation back on a path of safety and security. If Trump is truly committed to making America great again, then this is the only way forward."
The Associated Press reports that GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence was "offended" by what he saw in the video.
"As a husband and a father, I was offended by the words and actions described by Donald Trump in the 11-year-old video released yesterday. I do not condone his remarks and cannot defend them. I am grateful that he has expressed remorse and apologized to the American people," he said in a statement. "We pray for his family and look forward to the opportunity he has to show what is in his heart when he goes before the nation tomorrow night."
In a videotaped midnight apology, Trump said, "I was wrong and I apologize" after being caught on tape making the vulgar comments. But he's also dismissing the revelations as "nothing more than a distraction" from a decade ago. And he's signaling he'd close his campaign by arguing that Democrat Hillary Clinton has committed greater sins against women.
Trump says he will not quit the race. He told The Washington Post on Saturday, "I'd never withdraw. I've never withdrawn in my life."
He also told The Wall Street Journal there was "zero chance I'll quit."