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Top Republican lawmakers and presidential also-rans have been falling over each other to disavow Donald Trump and, in some cases, revoke their endorsements of him, after video was released Friday of him making vulgar comments about sexually assaulting women.

The new video contains just the latest horrific comments Donald Trump has made this campaign. Since referring to undocumented Mexican immigrants as "rapists" while announcing his candidacy, Trump has made inflammatory and offensive comments about a nearly endless list of people and groups that would have terrifying implications should he actually hold office.


For some reason, none of these previous statements have prompted this kind of response from Republican leaders: Trump has proposed a tracking database of all Muslims in the country, and wants to ban any more Muslims from entering, going as far as to say that immigrants from most Muslim-majority countries—and even some Muslim-minority countries—would be barred from entry.

He's advocated for women being "punished" for having abortions and for assassinating family members of suspected terrorists; he's mocked people for having disabilities; he's defended Japanese internment camps during World War II; he's suggested Megyn Kelly asked him tough questions about his treatment of women because she was on her period.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire tweeted Saturday morning that she would write in Indiana governor Mike Pence, Trump's running mate, rather than vote for Trump or Hillary Clinton. Ayotte has previously referred to Trump as a "role model" for children, which has become an issue in her contentious re-election campaign.

Sen. John Thune of North Dakota became the first Senate leader to call for Trump's withdrawal.

Another top female Republican, Carly Fiorina, who was briefly Ted Cruz's vice-presidential pick, wrote in a statement on Facebook that, "for the sake of our Constitution," she is requesting that the RNC drop Trump from the ticket and run Pence instead.

In an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune, Utah representative Jason Chaffetz was blunt: "I'm out. I'm pulling my endorsement." Other top Utah Republicans, including former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman Jr. and Gov. Gary Herbert joined Chaffetz, with Huntsman also calling for Pence to lead the ticket. Sen. Mike Crapo, in neighboring Idaho, also threw his support behind Pence.

Longtime anti-Trump Republicans used the damaging video as further proof of his incompetency. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah released a Facebook Live video calling for Trump to "step aside," as did Illinois senator Mark Kirk in a tweet.

Arnold Schwarzeneggar has also said he will not vote for Trump, unfavorably comparing him to Richard Nixon.

Mitt Romney, one of the louder anti-Trump voices, called his comments "vile degradations." Radio host Hugh Hewitt, previously one of Trump's influential supporters in daytime talk radio, has also called for Trump to step aside.


His running mate, Mike Pence, released a statement saying that though he was "offended" by and "cannot condone" or defend Trump's comments, he is praying for Trump's family and is apparently staying on the ticket.

Trump has said that he will "never withdraw" from the ticket.

Sam Stecklow is the Weekend Editor for Fusion.