The videotape, released Friday by The Washington Post, forced a rare apology from Trump on the eve of a crucial debate with Democrat Hillary Clinton, and set off an uproar in his Republican party.
Donald Trump rejected calls that he step aside as the Republican presidential nominee over lewd videotaped remarks about women, telling The Wall Street Journal on Saturday there is “zero chance I shall quit.”
“I never, ever give up,” the newspaper quoted Trump as saying following calls by some Republicans that he quit the race after being caught in a 2005 videotape boasting of groping women’s genitals with impunity.
“Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize,” Trump said early Saturday in a videotaped statement posted on his Twitter account.
Trump then undercut his words, calling the disclosure a “distraction,” defiantly attacking the Clintons for husband Bill Clinton’s past infidelities, and hinting strongly he would have more to say on the topic in Sunday’s debate in St Louis, Missouri.
Republican reaction to the videotape came fast and furious, with some calling on him to step aside and others withdrawing their endorsement.
Even Trump’s running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, said that as a husband and father he was “offended” by Trump’s remarks.
“I do not condone his remarks and cannot defend them,” he said in a statement, adding that Sunday night’s debate was an opportunity for Trump “to show what is in his heart”.
Trump’s Republican critics want Pence, the vice presidential candidate, to replace the New York billionaire at the top of the ticket.
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