Prominent Republicans issued blistering responses to newly disclosed audio of Donald Trump published Friday by The Washington Post in which he said he was able to "grab" women "by the p---y" because "when you're a star they let you do it."
"No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever," Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus said in an extraordinary response about the party's presidential nominee just more than a month ahead of the November 8 election.
Priebus' comments were echoed by a number of top GOP leaders — those in the party's congressional leadership, the party's former presidential nominees, and Trump's former primary rivals among them.
At least two elected Republican officials called on Trump to drop out of the race.
"Hitting on married women? Condoning assault? Such vile degradations demean our wives and daughters and corrupt America's face to the world," 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney wrote on Twitter.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said he was "sickened" by Trump's comments and disinvited him from a planned joint event Saturday in Wisconsin with Priebus and Sen. Ron Johnson.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell echoed Ryan, calling Trump's comments "repugnant, and unacceptable in any circumstance."
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