Pence Says he ‘Cannot Defend’ Trump’s Hot Mic Comments

Donald Trump was slated to attend a Wisconsin Republican event with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on Saturday. Trump’s running mate Mike Pence was also invited.

But ever since the eleven-year-old hot mic recording of Donald Trump’s lewd comments were leaked, many of Trump’s previous endorsers are jumping ship. Paul Ryan issued this statement Friday in response to the new scandal:

“I am sickened by what I heard today. Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified. I hope Mr. Trump treats this situation with the seriousness it deserves and works to demonstrate to the country that he has greater respect for women than this clip suggests. In the meantime, he is no longer attending tomorrow’s event in Wisconsin.”

Mike Pence was planning on going, but even he decided not to go. Here was his statement:

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“As a husband and father, I was offended by the words and actions described by Donald Trump in the eleven-year-old video released yesterday. I do not condone his remarks and cannot defend them. 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.”

Donald Trump has “pledged to be a better man.” But it remains to be seen whether that will that be enough for him to bounce back. He has vowed not to drop out of the race, in spite of calls from GOP leaders for him to quit.


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