These Republicans (and many others) still support Trump

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Washington (CNN) Republican elected officials and party elders lined up Saturday to denounce Donald Trump’s incendiary remarks about women that he made in 2005.

Some sitting members of the U.S. Congress pulled their support entirely, while others blasted the remarks but continued supporting the GOP standard-bearer. Some said they wanted Trump to step aside so that his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, can lead the ticket.

Some party members who were lukewarm on Trump ran away from the nominee shortly after the comments came to light.
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo, who is up for reelection, on Saturday became the first sitting Republican senator to back away from Trump following the incendiary comments. “This is not a decision that I have reached lightly, but his pattern of behaviour has left me no choice. His repeated actions and comments toward women have been disrespectful, profane and demeaning.”
New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte
New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte
Soon after Crapo’s announcement, Ayotte, who is also up for reelection, also said she would not vote for Trump. In August, Ayotte had said she would vote for Trump but not formally endorse him. She said Saturday she will instead be writing in Pence on Election Day.
Arizona Sen. John McCain
Arizona Sen. John McCain

Arizona Sen. and former Republican Party nominee John McCain, who is up for reelection, said Trump’s behavior “make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy.”

Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice declared “Enough!” in a Facebook post, adding, “Donald Trump should not be President. He should withdraw.”
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Trump has “forfeited the right to be our party’s nominee.”
In the House, Alabama Rep. Martha Roby said Saturday she will not vote for him. Roby is from a safe district and is often featuring in GOP family friendly initiatives.
Maine Sen. Susan Collins
Maine Sen. Susan Collins
Maine Sen. Susan Collins, who had said after the Republican National Convention that she would not support Trump, reiterated her stance that she is “still not voting for Hillary, and still plans to write in someone.”
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley

Alabama’s Republican governor, Robert Bentley, said in a statement he cannot and will not vote for Donald Trump.”

Alabama Rep. Martha Roby
Alabama Rep. Martha Roby
In the House, Alabama Rep. Martha Roby said Saturday she will not vote for him and that he should step aside. Roby is from a safe district and is often featuring in GOP family friendly initiatives.
Rob Portman
Rob Portman
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman issued a statement Saturday night in which he pulled his support and said he would instead vote for Pence.
Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz
Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz

Friday night, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz became the first sitting Republican congressman to pull his support for Trump in the wake of the 2005 video, which was surfaced by The Washington Post earlier in the day.

Sticking by Trump

Many Republicans, beginning on Friday night and into Saturday, slammed Trump over the remarks but either said he was preferable over Democrat Hillary Clinton or didn’t address their support for him at all.
Donald Trump's running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence
Donald Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence
Pence said he does not “condone” Trump’s remarks and “cannot defend them” but is “grateful that he has expressed remorse and apologized.”
Tesas Sen. John Cornyn
Tesas Sen. John Cornyn
Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate Republican, tweeted he is “disgusted by Mr Trump’s words” and is “profoundly disappointed by the race to the bottom this presidential campaign has become.”
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said “there is absolutely no place” for Trump’s language in American society and that he “must” make a “full and unqualified apology.”
Former surgeon and presidential candidate Ben Carson
Former surgeon and presidential candidate Ben Carson
Top Trump surrogate Ben Carson said “in no way do I condone Trump’s behavior” but said he was “fairly certain” progressives knew about Trump’s 2005 remarks but waited until now to damage his candidacy.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise
Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise
Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise said “women deserve to be treated with respect. Period,” and that Trump should make “a direct apology.”

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