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Some sitting members of Congress pulled their support for Trump entirely in the wake of his 2005 comments

Some said they wanted Trump to step aside so Pence can lead the ticket

Washington CNN  — 

Republican elected officials and party elders lined up Saturday to denounce Donald Trump’s incendiary remarks about women that he made in 2005. Some sitting members of Congress pulled their support entirely, while others blasted the remarks but continued supporting the GOP standard-bearer. Some said they wanted Trump to step aside so that his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, can lead the ticket.

Here’s a list of categories to determine where some of them stand.

Pulling support entirely

Some party members who were lukewarm on Trump ran away from the nominee shortly after the comments came to light.

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo, who is up for reelection, on Saturday became the first sitting Republican senator to back away from Trump following the incendiary comments. “This is not a decision that I have reached lightly, but his pattern of behavior has left me no choice. His repeated actions and comments toward women have been disrespectful, profane and demeaning.”

New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte

Soon after Crapo’s announcement, Ayotte, who is also up for reelection, also said she would not vote for Trump. In August, Ayotte had said she would vote for Trump but not formally endorse him. She said Saturday she will instead be writing in Pence on Election Day.

Arizona Sen. John McCain

Arizona Sen. and former Republican Party nominee John McCain, who is up for reelection, said Trump’s behavior “make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy.”

Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice declared “Enough!” in a Facebook post, adding, “Donald Trump should not be President. He should withdraw.”

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Trump has “forfeited the right to be our party’s nominee.”

Maine Sen. Susan Collins

Maine Sen. Susan Collins, who had said after the Republican National Convention that she would not support Trump, reiterated her stance that she is “still not voting for Hillary, and still plans to write in someone.”

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley


Alabama’s Republican governor, Robert Bentley, said in a statement he “cannot and will not vote for Donald Trump.”

Alabama Rep. Martha Roby

In the House, Alabama Rep. Martha Roby said Saturday she will not vote for him and that he should step aside. Roby is from a safe district and is often featuring in GOP family friendly initiatives.

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman issued a statement Saturday night in which he pulled his support and said he would instead vote for Pence.

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz

Friday night, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz became the first sitting Republican congressman to pull his support for Trump in the wake of the 2005 video, which was surfaced by The Washington Post earlier in the day.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert on Friday became the first sitting Republican governor to withdraw his vote over the comments, which he called “offensive and despicable.”

Ignoring Trump going forward

House Speaker Paul Ryan

House Speaker Paul Ryan told Republicans Monday he will no longer defend Trump – and will instead use the next 29 days to focus on preserving his party’s hold on Congress. “The speaker is going to spend the next month focused entirely on protecting our congressional majorities,” Ryan’s spokeswoman, AshLee Strong, said in a statement.