Mitt Romney says Donald Trump video demeans ‘our wives and daughters’
SALT LAKE CITY — Donald Trump is facing backlash Friday after a video from 2005 surfaced that includes audio of the Republican nominee for president using vulgar terms to describe groping and kissing women without their consent.
The video obtained by the Washington Post features a conversation between Trump and Billy Bush as the pair were riding on an “Access Hollywood” bus on the way to the set of “Days of Our Lives.”
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During the video Trump talks about making moves on a married woman and talks about touching or kissing women without their consent.
“And when you’re a star they let you do it,” Trump says in the video. “You can do anything.”
Mitt Romney, former Republican Presidential nominee and former Governor of Massachusetts, joined others in denouncing Trump’s comments in the video.
“Hitting on married women? Condoning assault? Such vile degradations demean our wives and daughters and corrupt America’s face to the world.”
That tweet was liked and shared more than 2,000 times in less than 10 minutes.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus also weighed in, issuing a brief statement: “No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever.”
Paul Ryan said he was “sickened” by Trump’s comments, and he said Friday night Trump would no longer be attending a Republican event in Wisconsin the pair were scheduled to appear at Saturday.
Other Republicans issued statements denouncing the content of the footage, and Congressman Jason Chaffetz withdrew his endorsement of Donald Trump during a live interview on Fox 13 News at Nine. Several high-ranking Utah Republicans pulled their support for Trump while others remained behind the party’s nominee but condemned the comments in the video.