Top GOPers urge Trump to quit race amid tape scandal

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump © Mike Segar
The Republican Party appears to be in a tailspin since Trump’s hot mic bombshell dropped. Projects for Trump’s “victory” program have been put on indefinite hold and members of the party are jumping ship faster than you can say… what Donald did on tape.

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While Trump is still technically the official party nominee, The Donald is under mounting pressure from a growing number of leading Republicans to step aside, less than 24 hours after a 2005 tape of him bragging about sexually assaulting women was leaked. 

Jason Chaffetz was the first sitting Republican member of Congress to publicly pull his support of Trump, citing his 15-year-old daughter as the reason he could no longer endorse the candidate for president. 

Senator John McCain has pulled his support for Trump, saying there were “no excuses for Donald Trump’s offensive behavior.”

RNC chairman Reince Priebus and speaker of the house Paul Ryan continued the wave of “sickened” GOPers to denounce Trump by disinviting him to their joint political event in Wisconsin on Saturday. 

GOP senators Mike Lee, Kelly Ayotte, Mark Kirk, John Thune, Mike Crapo, Cory Gardner, Martha Roby, Jeff Flake, Dennis Daugaard and Rob Portman all took to social media to not only criticize Trump’s comments, but to call for the candidate to drop out:

Kasich, Rubio and Cruz were all quick off the mark to lambast their former rival:

Sensing the panic, the RNC have put a “hold on all projects” related to the Trump’s “Victory” program according to an email seen by Politico: “Please put a hold/stop on all mail projects right now. If something is in production or print it needs to stop. Will update you when to proceed,” it read. 

Never one to back to down, Trump remains defiant:

However, some Republicans chose to openly support Trump, saying that the 11-year-old “locker room” comments can’t be compared with the prospect of Hillary Clinton becoming president amid the “dire” economic situation in the country. 

Sarah Palin has called out mainstream media for “hypocrisy,” saying that Clinton’s outrageous comments and details of leaks have not been as much spun in the press.

Going around media filters you clearly see one candidate offering a bold vision with solid plans to build a stronger, safer, greater America, while the career politician in the race offers only tired, sad, unsustainable, illogical ways of the past that will leave our children unsafe, broken and abused,” Palin insisted on her Facebook page.

For what it’s worth, potential VP Mike Pence is, while disappointed, choosing to stick by his running mate and Melania Trump thinks one should forgive her husband, as has she. 

This all comes exactly one month before Election Day.