RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN TV) - The Republican party is fracturing in the wake of the latest revelations that its presidential candidate has issues with women.
Friday, an old hot mic recording surfaced with Donald Trump telling a show’s host how he can grope women and get away with it. That revelation is now sending shock waves throughout the party with some calling for Trump to quit the race.
Republican Sen. John Thune, South Dakota’s senior congressional delegate, tweeted that “Donald Trump should withdraw and Mike Pence should be our nominee effective immediately.”
His call was echoed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.
“Enough is enough,” Daugaard wrote in a tweet Saturday. “Donald Trump should withdraw in favor of Governor Mike Pence. This election is too important.”
Sen. Mike Rounds, an early supporter of Trump, has remained so far.
In typical Trump fashion, the presidential candidate says there is “Zero chance I’ll quit.”
But he did issue a short video at midnight - "I've said some foolish things. But there's a big difference between the words and actions of other people. Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims."
While not calling on Trump to bail out, Rep. Kristi Noem did call him out on his remarks.
“No one should ever talk about a woman – another person for that matter – in the repulsive way that Donald Trump did. Period,” she tweeted.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has rescinded an invitation for Trump to attend an event Saturday in Wisconsin but he did not call for Trump to abandon his campaign.