The GOP nominee says there’s ‘zero chance’ he’ll drop out of the race, despite a flood of Republicans calling for him to step aside.
Donald Trump has faced defections from prominent supporters and Senate Republicans.
An avalanche of Republicans began abandoning Donald Trump on Saturday, even as the embattled Republican nominee dug in to defend himself, declaring there was “zero chance” he would quit the race with Election Day exactly one month away.
Less than 24 hours after a tape surfaced of Trump describing his pursuit of women in lewd and assaulting terms — “I don’t even wait,” he bragged about groping a woman’s genitals — Trump faced defections from prominent supporters, congressmen, governors and senators.
Even Trump’s own running mate Mike Pence refused to firmly stand behind his political partner, canceling a planned appearance in Wisconsin on Trump’s behalf and saying, “I do not condone his remarks and cannot defend them.” (A source familiar with Pence's thinking did say the Indiana governor is not currently contemplating leaving the ticket.)
It was a historic and unprecedented floodgate of opposition to the Republican nominee from within his own party, from the head of the national college Republicans (“The Party of Lincoln is not a locker room”) to the No. 3-ranked GOP senator, John Thune (“Donald Trump should withdraw and Mike Pence should be our nominee effective immediately.”).
Trump was characteristically defiant. "The media and establishment want me out of the race so badly - I WILL NEVER DROP OUT OF THE RACE, WILL NEVER LET MY SUPPORTERS DOWN!" he tweeted on Saturday afternoon amid growing cries for just that.