More Than Three Dozen GOP Lawmakers Un-Endorse Trump

Plus Arnold Schwarzenegger
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2016 4:58 PM CDT
More Than Three-Dozen GOP Lawmakers Un-Endorse Trump
Supporters of Donald Trump gather at Trump Tower on Saturday.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

More than three dozen Republican lawmakers either rescinded their endorsements of Donald Trump or urged their supporters not to vote for him Saturday, reports Deadspin, which is keeping a running tally. Notable names include Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Sen. Mike Lee, Gov. John Kasich, and Sen. John McCain. "Donald Trump's behavior this week, concluding with the disclosure of his demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults, make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy," the Arizona Republic quotes McCain as saying in a statement. On Friday, a 2005 video was released showing Trump endorsing sexual assault and otherwise speaking lewdly about women.

"Nothing that has happened in the last 48 hours is surprising to me," Politico quotes a statement from Kasich, who says he won't be voting for Trump. And Carly Fiorina is calling for Trump to drop out of the race, the New York Times reports. Trump's running mate, Mike Pence, decried Trump's statements, saying he was unable to defend them. And Trump's replacement on Celebrity Apprentice, Arnold Schwarzenegger, says he won't be voting for a Republican presidential candidate for the first time in 33 years, according to the Hill. But Trump is far from losing all support. Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and others are still sticking by their endorsements for the time being. And Rep. Joe Heck of Nevada was booed and heckled at an event when he took back his Trump endorsement. Trump has said he will remain in the race. (More Donald Trump stories.)

Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.