Some Republicans have voiced their displeasure with Donald Trump’s self-declared “locker room banter” and even pulling their support for him. On Saturday, his running mate Mike Pence released a statement saying he does not condone or defend Trump’s remarks towards women.
Pence had reportedly been “beside himself” regarding the situation, and it was reported by NBC that he was cancelling a Wisconsin campaign stop (where he was filling in for Trump after Paul Ryan disinvited him). In a short statement, Pence said he does not defend Trump’s comments and that he hopes Trump uses Sunday’s debate as a means to make up for his indiscretions:
“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 [Friday]. 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 goes before the nation tomorrow night.”
Pence is not the only one who is dissatisfied with the remarks. On Saturday, Republican National Committee Chief Strategist Sean Spicer told CNN Trump’s comments were “inexcusable” and how he handles the next 24 hours is crucial. As the next presidential debate looms, you can bet Hillary Clinton will use this recent event as a major talking point. How Trump handles the fallout and the debate may determine how he fares in the November election.