Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign is facing increasing turmoil as House Speaker Paul Ryan told fellow Republican lawmakers Monday he would no longer campaign for Trump following the release of a 2005 videotape showing Trump boasting about sexually assaulting women.
Donald Trump: “I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”
Billy Bush: “Whatever you want.”
Donald Trump: “Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.”
That was Donald Trump, speaking with TV host Billy Bush in the 2005 video recorded by NBC’s “Access Hollywood” as the two prepared to meet a star of the soap opera “Days of Our Lives.” The video has caused widespread outrage and further fracturing of the Republican Party. On Monday, Ryan did not fully unendorse Trump, but he did tell Republicans he would no longer campaign for him. Ryan’s spokeswoman also said, “The speaker is going to spend the next month focused entirely on protecting our congressional majorities.” In response, some Republican lawmakers lashed out at Ryan, saying he shouldn’t concede the presidency to Hillary Clinton. One Republican lawmaker, Arizona Congressmember Trent Franks, slammed Ryan, saying he can’t support Clinton over her pro-choice stance on abortion, claiming a Clinton presidency would result in the destruction of fetuses “limb from limb.”