Leaders of Trump’s own party called his comments “vile degradations” and inexcusable. And multiple Republicans are calling on him to drop out of the race.
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Donald Trump’s presidential campaign faced perhaps its biggest crisis so far on Friday after the Washington Post published a video in which he talked about trying to have sex with a married woman.
“I did try and fuck her. She was married,” Trump said in the video, adding later that when you’re a star, you can “do anything” to women, including “grab them by the pussy.”
The conversation was recorded in 2005 while Trump was preparing to film a cameo on a soap opera.
The video earned Trump some of the harshest criticism yet, with numerous high-profile political leaders, including many from his own party, calling the comments unforgivable.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said he was “sickened” by Trump’s comments, and disinvited Trump to campaign in Wisconsin this weekend.
In a statement Friday evening, Ryan said he was “sickened by what I heard today.”
“Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified,” he said. “I hope Mr. Turmp treats this situation with the seriousness it deserves and works to demonstrate to the country that he has greater respect for women than this clip suggests.”
Ryan and Trump were scheduled to campaign together for the first time on Saturday in Wisconsin, but Ryan said in the statement that Trump will no longer be attending the event.
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