Every 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Who Has Reacted to Trump’s Lewd Tape Controversy–So Far

In the last twenty-four hours, Donald Trump has been catching a lot of heat.

The heat comes as a result of a leaked video from 2005 that shows The Donald talking about a married woman in a very vulgar way.

Bombardment from the backlash was enough to generate an immediate apology from Trump. Actually, he apologized twice.

Still, it hasn’t stopped some politicians from calling him out and even withdrawing their endorsements of Trump. Now the GOP presidential nominee’s ex-opponents are weighing in on the fiery controversy.

Here’s what they’ve said so far.

Carly Fiorina:

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“Donald Trump does not represent me or my party. I understand the responsibility of Republicans to support their nominee. Our nominee has weighty responsibilities as well. Donald Trump has manifestly failed in these responsibilities.

I have traveled the country for years warning Americans that Hillary Clinton is unfit to be President.

We must have a conservative in the White House to restore accountability, opportunity and security. For the sake of our Constitution and the rule of law, we must defeat Hillary Clinton.

Today I ask Donald Trump to step aside and for the RNC to replace him with Gov. Mike Pence.”

Texas Senator Ted Cruz:

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“Every wife, mother, daughter — every person — deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.

These comments are disturbing and inappropriate, there is simply no excuse for them.”

Ohio Governor John Kasich:

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He explained, in part:

“The actions of the last day are disgusting, but that’s not why I reached this decision, it has been an accumulation of his words and actions that many have been warning about. I will not vote for a nominee who has behaved in a manner that reflects so poorly on our country. Our country deserves better.”

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush:

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“As the grandfather of two precious girls, I find that no apology can excuse away Donald Trump’s reprehensible comments degrading women.”

Dr. Ben Carson:

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He stated, in part:

“The recent disclosure of lewd conversations Donald Trump had over a decade ago has caused some disillusionment among GOP stalwarts and conservative voters. In no way do I condone Trumps behavior – in fact I condemn any form of disrespect towards women.

We should always honor and respect the dignity of our mothers, sisters and daughters. Even though the incident happened ten years ago, well before Trump entered the political arena, this behavior is unacceptable, especially by someone who aspires to higher office. Trump did the right thing in immediately and unequivocally apologizing.

I feel fairly certain that the progressives have had knowledge of this conversation for a long time and dropped it at this point in time in an effort too obscure the release of damaging information about Hillary Clinton and her desire for open borders. I believe that they have more material that they will release periodically up until the election to keep a negative focus on Donald Trump.”

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker:

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“Inexcusable. Trump’s comments are inexcusable.”

Former New York Governor George E. Pataki:

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“I’m horrified by #TrumpTape news. @realDonaldTrump campaign is a poisonous mix of bigotry & ignorance. Enough! He needs to step down.”

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham:

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“I have never been comfortable with Donald Trump as our Republican nominee. I don’t believe the Bill Clinton defense will work as we impeached Bill Clinton. I was there…”

Florida Senator Marco Rubio:

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“Donald’s comments were vulgar, egregious & impossible to justify. No one should ever talk about any woman in those terms, even in private.”

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee:

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He stated, in part:

“A personal aside: I admit that I am appalled by Trump’s comments. I think they are inexcusable regardless of the context or the fact that it happened 11 years ago. But I also believe that people are capable of change and deserving of forgiveness.

I certainly don’t condone what he said in what he thought was a private moment 11 years ago, but here’s a good reminder that in these times of ubiquitous microphones and cameras, there are no private moments.”

Then, he added, “I can truly hope he’s genuinely contrite and has outgrown it and that he himself is as repulsed by it as are those who view it.”

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