United States presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday said he will continue his campaign despite causing widespread uproar for his comments about sexually assaulting women, which went public on Friday. This came even as his wife Melania Trump and running mate Mike Pence condemned him for making the lewd comments in the eleven-year-old videotape.
“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,” Trump said in a post on Twitter. Melania called her husband’s remarks “unacceptable and offensive” but said they did not “represent the man that I know”. “He has the heart and mind of a leader. I hope people will accept his apology, as I have,” she said.
Pence said he was “offended by the words and actions described” in the 2005 video. “I do not condone his remarks and cannot defend them,” he said, adding that he was “grateful” that Trump had “expressed remorse and apologised to the American people”. However, Pence did not drop support for Trump. Meanwhile, several Republican Party members including 2008 presidential nominee and US Senator John McCain said they could no longer vote for the businessman, according to The Washington Post.
The tape shows Trump talking to NBC’s ‘Today Show’ co-host, Billy Bush, about kissing, groping and attempting to have sex with women. Among other comments, Trump is shown telling Bush about a failed attempt to seduce a married woman, who was the host of NBC’s ‘Access Hollywood’ in 2005. “I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there,” he said.
While the candidate issued an apology, he also appeared to defend his remarks, calling them “locker room banter”. Trump will face Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton in the second of three debates at the Washington University in St. Louis, Washington on Sunday night.