In an interview with the WSJ, Donald Trump has said there’s “zero chance I’ll quit”, adding that “I never, ever give up.” He also insisted his campaign isn’t in crisis: “The support I’m getting is unbelievable, because Hillary Clinton is a horribly flawed candidate.”
Trump said he is considering making a speech Saturday night to discuss the controversy as well as his campaign’s positions. He said the controversy will blow over as did others, such as his attacks on Sen. John McCain and his proposed ban on Muslims.
About his sexually charged statements caught on tape, Mr. Trump said, “People get it. They get life.” Asked about the reaction of the two women with whom he is closest, wife Melania Trump and daughter Ivanka Trump, he replied: “I was with Ivanka yesterday; I’m with Melania now. They fully understand, and they’re very loyal.”
Unlike in a video he taped and released last night, Mr. Trump, who spoke on Saturday from his Manhattan home in Trump Tower, offered no apologies in the Journal interview, but rather went on the offensive. “Go behind closed doors of the holier-than-thou politicians and pundits and see what they’re saying. I look like a baby.”
The statement follows calls from Republicans for him to exit the race as a result of the leaked audio revealing Trump making obscene sexual remarks in 2005.
Among those calling for Trump to step down from the GOP presidential ticket are Sens. Mike Crapo, Mike Lee, Mark Kirk, Barbara Comstock and Ben Sasse.
Earlier, Reps. Jason Chaffetz, Martha Roby and Kelly Ayotte rescinded their endorsements of Trump, and conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt has called on him to leave the presidential race.
Donald Trump’s behavior makes him unacceptable as a candidate for president, and I won’t vote for him.
Full statement: pic.twitter.com/Ge7GU1TSvm
— Rep. Martha Roby (@RepMarthaRoby) October 8, 2016
I can no longer endorse Donald Trump. Read my full statement: pic.twitter.com/lfa9mYZbdC
— Senator Mike Crapo (@MikeCrapo) October 8, 2016
I will not vote for Donald Trump. Read my statement here: pic.twitter.com/F8zajgDZpg
— Kelly Ayotte (@KellyAyotte) October 8, 2016
A full list of republicans who have rescinded support or are calling for Trump to step down is shown below.
Responding to that wave of defections, Mr. Trump said such a reaction from Republicans “is why they don’t win presidential elections.” Meanwhile, he said, “my phone hasn’t stopped ringing, emails are coming in and even people outside Trump Tower are supporting me.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Trump’s running GOP mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, released a statement declaring himself “offended” by the lewd remarks Mr. Trump was recorded saying. “I do not condone his remarks and cannot defend them,” Mr. Pence said. “I am grateful that he has expressed remorse and apologized to the American people. 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.”
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