New Big Donald Trump Scandal:Trump apologizes but wife and Republicans withdraw their support

Trump made sexual comments about women to Billy Bush while talking about his attempts to hit on a married woman and said he can 'do whatever you wants' because he's a star

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Donald Trump has been cheered by dozens of fans in an extraordinary scenes outside Trump Tower in New York, just hours after Melania called her husband’s lewd remarks about women from a 2005 video ‘unacceptable and offensive’.

The Republican nominee emerged from the Manhattan skyscraper about 5pm on Saturday, and was immediately mobbed by adoring supporters.

Many cheered wildly and held signs in support of Trump as they stood in the rain on Fifth Avenue.

The Republican nominee waved to his fans and raised a fist in the air before disappearing back inside the building emblazoned with his surname.

Earlier in the day, as Trump’s statements were condemned being condemned by his running mate and several senators and congressmen who withdrew their support and discussed replacing him, Melania said her husband’s words do not represent the man he is today.

‘The words my husband used are unacceptable and offensive to me. This does not represent the man that I know,’ she said.

‘He has the heart and mind of a leader. I hope people will accept his apology, as I have, and focus on the important issues facing out nation and the world,’ the statement said.

In the 2005 clip, Trump talks about trying to have sex with a married woman and how he ‘can do whatever he wants’ to women because he’s a star, just months after marrying Melania.

Melania’s disavowal of the comments is the latest among dozens of Republicans who have denounced the GOP nominee’s comments in the 2005 video.

None of Trump’s children, who have been some of his most fierce surrogates, have spoken out since the comments went public.

But Trump seems unfazed and was tweeting again and claiming his campaign isn’t in crisis on Saturday.

‘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! #MAGA,’ Trump tweeted on Saturday.

Trump told the Wall Street Journal that there is ‘zero chance’ he’ll quit. He also said he’s getting ‘unbelievable’ support from his backers, the Journal reported.

WHICH REPUBLICANS HAVE DENOUNCED DONALD TRUMP AND WHO HAS CALLED FOR HIM TO DROP OUT OF THE RACE

    WHO HAS WITHDRAWN SUPPORT FOR TRUMP

    Illinois Senator Mark Kirk

    Utah Senator Mike Lee

    Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan

    Virginia Representative Barbara Comstock

    Arizona Senator Jeff Flake

    New Jersey Representative Scott Garrett

    Alabama Congresswoman Martha Roby

    Nevada Representative Joe Heck

    South Dakota Senator John Thune

    New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte

    Utah Governor Gary Hebert

    Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz

    Idaho Senator Mike Crapo

    Arizona Senator John McCain

    Utah Governor Gary Hebert

    Missouri Congresswoman Ann Wagner

    Former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina

    Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer

    Nevada Congressman Cresent Hardy

    Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis

    WHO HAS DENOUNCED TRUMP’S STATEMENTS

    Running mate Mike Pence

    Republican Speaker Paul Ryan

    Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell

    Former presidential nominee Mitt Romney

    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush

    Texas Senator Ted Cruz

    Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers

    Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey

    Florida Senator Marco Rubio

    Illinois Congressman Robert Dold

    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

    Ohio Governor John Kasich

    Ohio Senator Rob Portman

    Former New York Governor George Pataki

    Colorado Congressman Mike Coffman

    Tennessee Senator Bob Corker

    Minnesota Congressman Erik Paulsen

    Former presidential candidate Ben Carson

    Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman

    Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse

    Alabama Representative Bradley Byrne

    West Virginia Shelley Moore Capito

    RNC Chair Reince Priebus

‘I never, ever give up. The support I’m getting is unbelievable, because Hillary Clinton is a horribly flawed candidate,’ Trump said to the Wall Street Journal on Saturday.

He also said that the controversy would ‘blow over’ like his attack on Senator John McCain and his proposed ban on Muslim immigrants.

When the paper asked him about the sexual statements he replied: ‘People get it. They get life.’

Just before 11am, Trump sent out a tweet that said: ‘Certainly has been an interesting 24 hours!’

The vague tweet comes just hours after Trump’s running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, was said to be ‘beside himself’ over the Donald’s comments.

Pence released a statement on Saturday saying: ‘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.

Kellyanne Conway,campaign manager for Trump

Kellyanne Conway,campaign manager for Trump

‘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 the goes before the nation tomorrow night.’

Pence was supposed to represent Trump at a Wisconsin event with speaker of the house Paul Ryan after Ryan said he was ‘sickened’ by Trump’s remarks, but later canceled.

‘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,’ Ryan said in a statement.

Trump made sexual comments about women to Billy Bush (right)

Trump made sexual comments about women to Billy Bush (right)

comments were caught on a hot mic  in 2005

Comments were caught on a hot mic in 2005

Pence’s wife Karen is also said to be furious, according to the Associated Press.

Several Republicans have either called for Trump to drop out or rescinded their support.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Trump’s comments were ‘repugnant, and unacceptable in any circumstance’. He called on Trump to make a greater apology than the one he released early Saturday.

Trump apologized for the statements made in the short video released on Friday with his own video posted to Twitter just after midnight on Saturday.

‘I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone I’m not. I’ve said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than a decade-old video are one of them,’ the Republican nominee said in the statement.

‘Anyone who knows me, knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.’

Trump then went on to say he has ‘changed’ while travelling the country as part of his campaign as a result of being impacted by the people he has met.

‘I have gotten to know the great people of our country, and I have been humbled by the faith they have placed in me. I pledge to be a better man tomorrow, and will never, ever let you down,’ he said.

Trump then called the controversy a ‘distraction’, before pivoting into an attack on Hillary and Bill Clinton.

‘Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed, and intimidated his victims,’ he said.

‘We will discuss this more in the coming days. See you at the debate on Sunday.’

He also said the US is losing jobs, is less safe than it was when Barack Obama took office, and that ‘Washington is totally broken’.

Nancy O’Dell, the woman Trump was speaking about in the 2005 clip, spoke out on Saturday saying she was saddened by the comments made at that time.

‘Politics aside, I’m saddened that these comments still exist in our society at all. When I heard the comments yesterday, it was disappointing to hear such objectification of women.

‘The conversation needs to change because no female, no person, should be the subject of such crass comments, whether or not cameras are rolling.

‘Everyone deserves respect no matter the setting or gender.

‘As a woman who has worked very hard to establish her career, and as a mom, I feel I must speak out with the hope that as a society we will always strive to be better,’ she said in a statement.

Before O’Dell’s statement was made public, Republicans began denounciing Trump in droves.

McConnell asked for a full apology directed at women and girls on Friday.

‘As the father of three daughters, I strongly believe that Trump needs to apologize directly to women and girls everywhere, and take full responsibility for the utter lack of respect for women shown in his comments on that tape,’ McConnell said.

Former presidential nominee Mitt Romney tweeted: ‘Hitting on married women? Condoning assault? Such vile degradations demean our wives and daughters and corrupt America’s face to the world.’

On Saturday at a rally, Romney called the video ‘degrading to women’ but encouraged people to come out and vote for the Republicans.

However, he never mentioned Trump by name when urging Republicans to get out and vote.

Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois tweeted: ‘@realDonaldTrump should drop out. @GOP should engage rules for emergency replacement.’

Echoing that sentiment, Trump’s choice for a potential Supreme Court nominee, Utah Senator Mike Lee said: ‘The fact is, we have been asked to settle … on matters of great principle with our candidate for president of the United States.

‘This can’t continue. … It is for that reason, Mr. Trump, that I respectfully ask you … to step aside. Step down. Allow someone else to carry the banner of these principles.’

Utah Governor Gary Hebert said he could no longer vote for Trump, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Former New York Governor George Pataki said: ‘Trump’s campaign is a poisonous mix of bigotry and ignorance. Enough! He needs to step down.’

Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman and current Virginia Representative Barbara Comstock also called on Trump to step down.

‘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,’ Comstock said.

Jeb Bush, who ran against Trump for the Republican nomination, tweeted: ‘As the grandfather of two precious girls, I find that no apology can excuse away Donald Trump’s reprehensible comments degrading women.’

One of Trump’s most reluctant supporters, Texas Senator Ted Cruz tweeted: ‘These comments are disturbing and inappropriate, there is simply no excuse for them.’

Carly Fiorina, who also ran against Trump for the nomination, said: ‘Trump does not represent me or my party.’

Republican Conference chairwoman and Washington representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers said: ‘It is never appropriate to condone unwanted sexual advances or violence against women.

‘Mr. Trump must realize that it has no place in public or private conversations today or in the past.’

Other Republicans who were skeptical of Trump lashed out after the remarks made public on Friday.

‘America deserves far better than @realDonaldTrump,’ Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona tweeted.

New Hampshire senator Kelly Ayotte, who once called Trump a ‘role model’ said his comments were ‘totally inappropriate and offensive’.

Ayotto retracted her support of the nominee as did Idaho Senator Mike Crapo.

‘I have reached the decision that I can no longer endorse Donald Trump.

‘This is not a decision that I have reached lightly, but his pattern of behavior has left me no choice.

DONALD TRUMP’S FULL STATEMENT ON COMMENTS HE MADE ABOUT WOMEN IN 2005

    I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone I’m not. I’ve said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than a decade-old video are one of them.

    Anyone who knows me, knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.

    I’ve travelled the country talking about change for America, but my travels have also changed me. I’ve spent time with grieving mothers who have lost their children, laid off workers whose jobs have gone to other countries, and people from all walks of life who just want a better future.

    I have gotten to know the great people of our country, and I have been humbled by the faith they have placed in me. I pledge to be a better man tomorrow, and will never, ever let you down.

    Let’s be honest, we’re living in the real world. This is nothing more than a distraction from the important issues we are facing today.

    We are losing our jobs, we’re less safe than we were eight years ago, and Washington is totally broken.

    Hillary Clinton and her kind have run our country into the ground. I’ve said some foolish things, but there is a big difference between the words and actions of other people.

    Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed, and intimidated his victims.

    We will discuss this more in the coming days. See you at the debate on Sunday.

‘You’re repulsive,’ another added.

But others said it was the right move for Trump to put out his video.

‘Trump is smart for putting a statement out and moving forward. Hillary and the media would love to make this all the talk 4 (sic) the next 30 days,’ one person tweeted.

Earlier in the day, the Washington Post published a video that was made on an Access Hollywood set in 2005 and captures Trump, newly married to Melania, discussing women with host Billy Bush.

He was also heard speaking about how he tried to seduce married woman and Entertainment Tonight co-host Nancy O’Dell.

‘I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it. I did try and f*** her. She was married’, Trump says in the recording published on Friday.

‘And I moved on her very heavily… ‘I moved on her like a b***h, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married.’

The Republican nominee is later heard bragging about how his celebrity status allows him to do ‘anything’ to women.

‘You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait,’ he boasts.

‘And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p—y. You can do anything.’

The comments have been widely condemned, with Hillary Clinton and her running mate Tim Kaine speaking out against them.

Hillary Clinton says comments by Trump, 'horrific'

Hillary Clinton says comments by Trump, ‘horrific’

TRANSCRIPT OF THE RECORDING FEATURING DONALD TRUMP’S LATEST CONTROVERSIAL COMMENTS

    Trump: ‘You know and I moved on her actually. You know she was down on Palm Beach. I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it.

    ‘I did try and f*** her, she was married.’

    Other voice: ‘That’s huge news!’

    Trump: ‘No, no, Nancy. No this was – And I moved on her very heavily in fact I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, ‘I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture’.

    ‘I took her out for furniture. I moved on her like a b***h, but I couldn’t get there, and she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony t*ts and everything.

    ‘She’s totally changed her look.’

    Billy Bush: ‘Sheesh, your girl’s hot as s***. In the purple.’

    Multiple voices: ‘Whoa! Yes! Whoa!’

    Bush: ‘Yes, the Donald has scored. Whoa, my man!’

    Trump: ‘Look at you, you are a p***y. OK, you and I will walk down.’

    Trump (speaking about actor Arianne Zucker): ‘Maybe it’s a different one.’

    Bush: ‘It better not be the publicist. No, it’s her.’

    Trump: ‘Yeah, that’s her. With the gold. I better use some Tic-Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful – I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet.

    ‘Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything.’

    Bush: ‘Whatever you want.’

    Trump: ‘Grab them by the p***y. You can do anything.’

    Bush: ‘Yeah those legs. All I can see is the legs.’

    Trump: ‘Oh, it looks good.’

    Bush: ‘Come on, shorty.’

    Trump: ‘Oh nice legs, huh?’

    Bush: ‘Oof, get out of the way honey. Oh, that’s the good legs. Go ahead.’

    Trump (getting off the bus): ‘It’s always good if you don’t fall out of the bus. Like Ford, Gerald Ford, remember?’

    Bush (after Trump knocks on the window for someone to open the door): ‘Down below. Pull the handle.’

    Trump (to Zucker): ‘Hello, how are you, hi.’

    Zucker: ‘Hi Mr Trump. How are you?’

    Trump: ‘Nice seeing you. Terrific, terrific. You know Billy Bush?’

    Bush: ‘Hello, nice to see you. How you doing, Arianne?’

    Zucker: ‘I’m doing very well thank you. [To Trump] Are you ready to be a soap star?’

    Trump: ‘We’re ready, let’s go. Make me a soap star.’

    Bush: ‘How about a little hug for the Donald? He just got off the bus.’

    Zucker: ‘Would you like a little hug, darling?’

    Trump: ‘Absolutely. Melania said this was OK.’

    Bush: ‘How about a little hug for the Bushy? I just got off the bus. Here we go, excellent. Well you’ve got a nice co-star here.’

    Trump: ‘Good, after you. Come on Billy, don’t be shy.’

    Bush: ‘As soon as a beautiful woman shows up he just, he takes off. This always happens.’

    Zucker (waving to Bush): ‘I’m sorry, come here.’

    Bush: ‘Let the little guy in here, come on.’

    Zucker: ‘Yeah let the little guy in. How you feel now? Better? I should actually be in the middle.’

    Bush: ‘It’s hard to walk next to a guy like this. Yeah, you get in the middle. There we go.’

    Trump: ‘Good, that’s much better.’

    Zucker: ‘This is much better. This is…’

    Bush: ‘Now if you had to choose honestly between one of us. Me or the Donald?’

    Trump: ‘I don’t know that’s tough competition.’

    Zucker: ‘That’s some pressure right there.’

    Bush: ‘Seriously, you had to take one of us as a date.’

    Zucker: ‘I have to take the Fifth on that one… I’ll take both.’

    Trump (near the Day of Our Lives studio): ‘Which way?’

    Zucker: ‘Make a right. Here we go.’

    Bush: ‘Here he goes. I’m gonna leave you here. Give me my microphone. ‘

    Trump: ‘OK. OK. Oh, you’re finished?’

    Bush: ‘You’re my man. Yeah.’

    Trump: ‘Oh, good.’

    Bush: ‘I’m gonna go do our show.’

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