In a statement released late Friday Night, House Speaker Paul Ryan disinvited Donald Trump to his Wisconsin unity party. Trump’s 2005 hot mic on “Access Hollywood” revealed how Trump views women and has prompted many, even Republicans, particularly Republican women, to call it disgusting and inappropriate. The campaign has tried to soften the blow by saying that Trump instead will be focusing on debate prep and Mike Pence will be attending.
“I am sickened by what I heard today,” Ryan said in a statement. “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 great respect for women than this clip suggests. In the meantime, he is no longer attending tomorrow’s event in Wisconsin.”
The statement from Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus was simple: “No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever.”
Curiously, religious leader Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, blew it off, claiming “My personal support for Donald Trump has never been based on shared values, it is based upon shared concerns about issues.”
After Trump’s evangelical meeting, during a press conference with religious leaders, Perkins seemed to be singing a different tune. “I kind of did my own survey of the room. … One of the things that I’ve heard is ‘he’s not what we’ve seen in the media.’ He’s actually a likable guy. I like him. I like what I’ve heard,” Perkins said. “I think this is a good start. I feel much more comfortable … he gained a lot by coming here today and having this conversation.”
Here’s the screen cap of Paul Ryan’s dis-invite for Donald Trump to be in Wisconsin tomorrow pic.twitter.com/M5Pi7YJzIR
— Sarah Burris (@SarahBurris) October 8, 2016
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) October 8, 2016
Considering Trump is not in prison for sexual assault, I’m guessing this was just talk and not something he made a habit of doing.
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) October 7, 2016
— Rosie Gray (@RosieGray) October 7, 2016
Charles Cooke at the National Review has a suggestion for the GOP:
Maybe the Republicans should have chosen someone else.
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) October 7, 2016
John Podhoretz at the NYDN was bothered by the Trump statement:
Every time you mention Bill Clinton as though it’s somehow exculpatory of Trump’s repellency, you make mincemeat of your case against Bill.
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) October 7, 2016
Mitt Romney was NOT happy:
Hitting on married women? Condoning assault? Such vile degradations demean our wives and daughters and corrupt America’s face to the world.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) October 8, 2016
DJT is a malignant clown – unprepared and unfit to be president of the United States.
— Mark Kirk (@SenatorKirk) October 7, 2016
Sen. Richard Burr:
NC GOP @SenatorBurr (up for reelex) RE: Trump audio: “The comments are inappropriate and completely unacceptable.”
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) October 7, 2016
Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock of Virginia also just rescinded her endorsement of Trump:
“This is disgusting, vile, and disqualifying. No woman should ever be subjected to this type of obscene behavior and it is unbecoming of anybody seeking high office. In light of these comments, Donald Trump should step aside and allow our party to replace him with Mike Pence or another appropriate nominee from the Republican Party. I cannot in good conscience vote for Donald Trump and I would never vote for Hillary Clinton.”
Jason Chaffetz unendorsed as well, saying, he’s no longer voting for Trump, but refuses to vote for Clinton either. “I do wish that Mike Pence was at the top of the ticket, I really do,” he said.
But Jeb Bush’s was the most heartfelt:
As the grandfather of two precious girls, I find that no apology can excuse away Donald Trump’s reprehensible comments degrading women.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) October 7, 2016