GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - The chorus of Republicans condemning Donald Trump or even hoping he leaves the ticket seems to be getting louder by the hour, and now, West Michigan representation in Congress is jumping into the fray.
Many have condemned the Republican presidential nominee after the release of a 2005 tape showing Trump boasting he could "do anything -- grab them by the p----" because he's a star. Such prominent conservatives include former contender Carly Fiorina, Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz and radio talk-show host Hugh Hewitt.
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, said the following Saturday, Oct. 8, according to the New York Times:
"I urge him to think about our country over his own candidacy and carefully consider stepping aside from the ticket.”
U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, does not ask Trump to step down but the comments themselves are "disgusting," he says.
"Donald Trump's recently unearthed comments are disgusting and indefensible. Mr. Trump has said he has dramatically changed his life since making these comments over a decade ago, and I am hoping and praying that is the case," said Huizenga through a spokesman.
A spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, pointed to a tweet the congressman posted Saturday afternoon:
"Character matters. @realDonaldTrump has been saying outrageous, offensive things the whole time. He should have stepped aside long ago."
"As I've said all along, I'm not voting for @realDonaldTrump (or @HillaryClinton). It's time for self-reflection from Trump and @GOP leaders."
Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley did not wish to speak further on Trump's speech during an event Saturday at Grand Rapids' Millennium Park when pressed by WZZM 13's Meredith TerHaar, referring instead to a tweet:
"Unacceptable and inexcusable. No person should ever be talked about, much less treated, in this manner."
Update: Calley renounced his endorsement of Trump, according to The Detroit News.
In a statement, Michigan Republican Party chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said she "cannot and will not" defend Trump's comments -- not going as far to ask for him to step aside.
“As a woman, as the mother of a 13-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son, and as a Republican, I find Mr. Trump's comments reprehensible and disgusting. Mr. Trump has apologized for the comments he made 11 years ago, but needs to do so again and again if he hopes to gain back any semblance of public trust.
“I am confident that Michiganders know that Donald Trump’s comments represent only himself, and other Republicans do not share his views. Donald Trump's comments are his alone to own and I cannot and will not defend them.”
Trump told The Washington Post he'll "never withdraw" from the race: "I’ve never withdrawn in my life ... No, I’m not quitting this race. I have tremendous support."
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