Amidst the brouhaha surrounding the release of a video showing Trump speaking of women in vulgar sexual and uncomplimentary terms, over 20 Republican members of Congress and governors who had initially shown their support for Mr. Trump have now openly withdrawn their support.
This revolt comes a day before the second debate and just thirty days before the 2016 general election, thus putting Trump’s campaign in a spot of bother.
According to one report, aides described Mr. Trump as shaken, watching news coverage of the video with a mix of disbelief and horror.
Trump has also subsequently released a videotaped statement, saying: “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.”
In the meanwhile, Trump’s campaign has also released a statement from his wife, Melania, asking people to accept her husband’s apology:
“The words my husband used are unacceptable and offensive to me,” she said. “This does not represent the man that I know.”
“I hope people will accept his apology, as I have, and focus on the important issues facing our nation and the world,” she added.
At the same time, Trump has shrugged off calls made by some leading Republicans to leave the presidential race, saying he would “never drop out of this race in a million years.”
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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