Comstock Calls for Trump to Abandon Campaign

Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10) has urged Donald Trump to drop out of the presidential race, breaking months of silence on the controversial candidate.

Comstock’s repudiation of Trump’s campaign comes after the revelation of a recording from 2005 in which Trump made vulgar statements about women in conversation with Billy Bush, then the host of Access Hollywood.

“This is disgusting, vile, and disqualifying,” Comstock said in a statement. “No woman should ever be subjected to this type of obscene behavior and it is unbecoming of anybody seeking high office. In light of these comments, Donald Trump should step aside and allow our party to replace him with Mike Pence or another appropriate nominee from the Republican Party. I cannot in good conscience vote for Donald Trump and I would never vote for Hillary Clinton.”

In the video, first reported by The Washington Post, Trump, who was by then married to Melania Trump, describes a failed attempt to seduce an unnamed, married woman.

“And when you’re a star, they let you do it,” Trump said. “You can do anything,” adding, “Grab them by the p—. You can do anything.”

Comstock’s opponent, Luann Bennett used similar language to Comstock in a statement after the video was made public, released prior to Comstock’s statement.

“Trump’s actions are vile and disgusting. These latest revelations are shocking, but they are sadly not surprising,” Bennett stated. “Donald Trump has demeaned women since before he ran for public office, and the Republican Party, with a few exceptions, have stood with him and enabled him every step of the way.”

Although Comstock has previously declined to take a stance on Trump, Bennett’s campaign has tried throughout the campaign to tie Comstock to Trump, most recently this week at a debate hosted by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. Shortly after the video became public, and before Comstock’s statement, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Jermaine House stated, “Donald Trump’s just revealed comments are astonishingly disgusting, but Comstock has been ‘watching’ for too long and it’s too late to disavow him now.”

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5 thoughts on “Comstock Calls for Trump to Abandon Campaign

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  • 2016-10-09 at 8:54 am
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    Look, Comstock never endorsed Trump anyway. She just feels this is an opportune time to jump on the bandwagon against him.

    Now, as for those of you willing to vote for Hillary Clinton …. where is YOUR outrage at all of Hillary’s lies, her mishandling of classified information, her failure to provide protection for the ambassador in Benghazi and to send help when it was needed, her lies to the parents of those killed in Benghazi, and HER outrageous treatment of women sexually assaulted and raped by her husband? Where’s the outrage, folks?

  • 2016-10-08 at 7:48 pm
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    Save the faux sanctimony guys… Didn’t all you leftists lecture the rest of us that Bill Clinton (and his enabler) taking advantage of a young girl in the Oval Office was “just sex” and had no bearing on his job performance?

    What’s changed?

    Barbara and Lu Ann are both beltway establishment. They’ll do as they’re told, when they’re told. And the establishment will continue to screw over the people sticking us, our kids, and grandkids with a debt that can never be paid, all while stripping us of our freedom.

    See how easy to understand that is?

  • 2016-10-08 at 12:41 pm
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    What a safe, non-ACTIONABLE call for Mrs. Comstock to make months too late. The GOP has no process to remove him, he must resign, and then their candidate must be chosen by a majority vote of the GOP delegates. Completely unworkable at this time. Her moment to object to the man was months ago, but she’s made a career of talking, not acting. We need a LuAnn Bennet in her place — LuAnn has a career of working WITH people instead of against them as Mrs. Comstock, owner of an opposition research firm.

    Craig Green

  • 2016-10-08 at 11:05 am
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    Really?! Only now she is outraged? Really?! Why now. Why not after each and every terrible statement after statement from Trump that shocked us, time, and time, and time again. Maybe she has seen polls showing a too close a race between herself and the challenger. Clearly, that is what is behind this new found outrage.

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