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.”