LANSING (WWJ/AP) — Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley has dropped support of Donald Trump for President following the release of a 2005 video which includes off-color remarks by Trump about women.
The Michigan Republican has called for the GOP Presidential candidate to step aside from the election, which now just a month away.
“The latest revelations about Donald Trump and his past make it impossible for me to maintain support of him,” Calley told The Detroit News. “This is not a decision I take lightly because I still believe that a Hillary Clinton presidency represents a disastrous alternative.”
In a statement Saturday, Calley said he will write-in the name of running-mate Governor Mike Pence if Trump does not drop-out.
Meanwhile, Michigan 9th district Representative Sander Levin visited Royal Oak Saturday to support Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. He spoke about Trump’s recent comments about women.
“I think they’re despicable,” Levin said. “There’s no doubt about that. What he said was despicable.”
The political firestorm was sparked by a 2005 video obtained and released Friday by The Washington Post and NBC News. In the video, Trump, who was married to his current wife at the time, is heard describing attempts to have sex with a married woman. He also brags about women letting him kiss them and grab their genitals because he is famous.
“When you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything,” Trump says in the video. He adds seconds later: “Grab them by the p—-. You can do anything.” He said of his impulse to kiss beautiful women: “I don’t even wait.”
He apologized in a video statement released by his campaign after midnight early Saturday morning.
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