Donald Trump has a message for those calling on him to drop out of the race after his videotape scandal: There is "zero chance I'll quit," he tells the Wall Street Journal. He expresses a similar sentiment to the Washington Post: “I’d never withdraw. I’ve never withdrawn in my life,” he says. "No, I’m not quitting this race. I have tremendous support.” His remarks come as more than three dozen GOP lawmakers, including John McCain, ditched Trump, and as running mate Mike Pence delivered what the New York Times calls "an unheard-of rebuke" by refusing to appear on Trump's behalf at a GOP gathering in Wisconsin. Pence pronounced himself "offended" by the lewd remarks Trump made about women in a newly surfaced "hot mic" tape from 2005.
Trump's wife, Melania, is both criticizing him and standing by him. "The words my husband used are unacceptable and offensive to me," she says in a statement, per USA Today. "This does not represent the man that I know. 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 our nation and the world." Support Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame, meanwhile, says people "need to lighten up," reports NBC News, which rounds up similar sentiments from others. “I never, ever give up,” Trump tells the Journal. "The support I’m getting is unbelievable, because Hillary Clinton is a horribly flawed candidate.”