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Donald Trump faces a campaign crisis as Republicans flee over taped vulgar comments

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Donald Trump faces a campaign crisis as Republicans flee over taped vulgar comments

Watch |  Trump released a tape on Friday night apologizing for his string of sexually explicit and degrading comments about women.

Prominent Republican lawmakers across the country are pulling their endorsements of Donald Trump and calling for him to drop out of the presidential race after leaked tapes showed the billionaire bragging about kissing and groping women in a way some have said could constitute sexual assault.In the wake of the bombshell tapes, first revealed by The Washington Post, new defectors have been emerging seemingly by the hour.Here are the latest high-profile Republicans to join the anti-Trump train.

UPDATE 10/9 at 8:19 PM| New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno said she won't vote for Trump.

UPDATE 5:08 PM| Arizona Sen. John McCain has withdrawn his support for Trump. 

UPDATE 11:37 AM | Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire) said she will not vote Trump.

I can no longer in good conscience endorse this person for president.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert also pulled their endorsements of Trump on Friday night.

"I'm out," Chaffetz said.  "I can no longer in good conscience endorse this person for president."

Donald Trump faces a campaign crisis as Republicans flee over taped vulgar comments

Watch | Chaffetz said he wouldn't be voting for Hillary Clinton, but could no longer support Trump due to his comments. Chaffetz cited his wife and 15-year-old daughter in his decision-making process.

 Utah Gov. Gary Herbert also pulled his support of Trump of Friday.

Unprecedented reaction

Trump has found himself in hot water for comments he's made about women in the past. But those past comments have never seemed to make much of an impact on the election.

This latest leaked video from 2005, however, is drawing immediate and harsh rebukes from both sides of the aisle.

That's likely because of the overtly sexual and crude nature of Trump's comments.

"I just start kissing them.. ... I don't even wait," Trump says in the leaked tape. "And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything."

I took her out furniture shopping. ... I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn't get there, and she was married.
Donald Trump in 2005

"Grab them by the pussy," Trump continues. "You can do anything."


Calls to drop out

In addition to Chaffetz and Herbert, several other Republicans who had not previously endorsed Trump called on him to drop out of the presidential race.

Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) -- who had until now been silent about whether or not she'd vote for Trump --  said on Friday that Trump should drop out. She called his comments "disgusting, vile, and disqualifying."

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.)  also called on Trump to drop out on Friday. Kirk had withdrawn his support for Trump in June.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) also asked Trump to drop out in a Facebook Live on Friday night.

Trump's comments are also being condemned by several more prominent Republicans who have endorsed him -- though they're not yet going so far as to pull their support entirely. 

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), for example, said on Friday that he was "sickened" by Trump's comments about women, and disinvited Trump from an event he was scheduled to appear at in Wisconsin on Saturday.

"Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified," Ryan said. "I hope Mr. Trump treats this situation with the seriousness it deserves."

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker also condemned Trump's comments, but is still supporting him.

Several more Republicans fit that same bill, New York Times reporter Emma Roller noted.

UPDATE 3:23 PM| Melania Trump released a statement in defense of her husband. 

UPDATE 4:24 PM| Trump has defended his decision to stay in the race. 

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