BOISE - Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho has rescinded his endorsement of Donald Trump after a video tape surfaced Friday that captured him making vulgar and sexually charged comments about women during a 2005 taping of "Access Hollywood."
Crapo is one of several Republican lawmakers to withdraw support for Trump.
He posted the following statement on Twitter on Saturday:
"I have reached the decision that I can no longer endorse Donald Trump. This is not a decision 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. I have spent two decades working on domestic violence prevention. Trump's most recent excuse of 'locker room talk' is completely unacceptable and inconsistent with protecting women from abusive, disparaging treatment. Make no mistake -- we need conservative leadership in the White House. I urge Donald Trump to step aside and allow the Republican party to put forward a conservative candidate like Mike Pence who can defeat Hillary Clinton."
Crapo is up for re-election to the U.S. Senate, and running against Democrat Jerry Sturgill, whose campaign released a statement saying: "I am glad to hear that Senator Crapo finally pulled his endorsement of Donald Trump. That he didn't do so immediately and without qualification is disappointing."
Earlier Saturday, before learning that Crapo had pulled his endorsement, Sturgill's campaign put out a statement that began by calling Trump "repugnant."
"His behavior flies in the face of the values we as Idahoans hold and aspire to. As a husband, as a father and as an uncle to pure and innocent young women, I shout from the rooftops that Trump's predatory objectification of women is repulsive, and that he is unfit to hold any public office," Sturgill said. "I grew up in Twin Falls in a strong Republican family. I am saddened to see the party of my youth torn apart by Trump."
KTVB is reaching out to other members of Idaho's congressional delegation about these developments.
U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) sent the following statement: "While I've never endorsed Donald Trump, I find his recent comments about women deplorable. In my opinion, he has demonstrated that he is unfit to be President, and I cannot support him."
Simpson's Democratic challenger in the November 8 election, Jennifer Martinez, is calling on Simpson to say that he would not vote for Trump.
"I would hope that he would look at what is most important for constituents of this district and for the country," Martinez said. "And clearly having someone making these statements about half of the population is not OK."
U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) has not responded to KTVB's request for comment, and his office has not issued any statements on the Trump controversy. Kelsey Hamilton, campaign manager for Labrador's Democratic challenger, James Piotrowski, says Piotrowski is calling on Labrador to pull his support for Trump.
Sen. James Risch could not be reached for comment. His staff says he is out of the country on official business.
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