Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called on Donald Trump to end his presidential campaign, joining a growing list of GOP leadership that have withdrawn their endorsement or asked Trump to step down.
“Enough! Donald Trump should not be President,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “He should withdraw. As a Republican, I hope to support someone who has the dignity and stature to run for the highest office in the greatest democracy on earth.”
Her post comes after a tape was leaked Friday that showed Trump making crude comments about women. During an off-camera conversation with then-Access Hollywood host Billy Bush in 2005, the Republican presidential nominee bragged about aggressively groping women because of his fame. In the video, Trump is also heard describing attempts to have sex with a married woman.
Trump is set to meet Hillary Clinton for their second presidential debate Sunday night. And despite the fallout, he appears defiant, spending much of Sunday morning retweeting those who are still supporting him and attacking those that have jumped ship.
“So many self-righteous hypocrites. Watch their poll numbers – and elections – go down!” he tweeted.
Adding to Trump’s problems, the Republican National Committee (RNC) has indicated it will redirect funds intended for Trump’s campaign to prioritize down-ballot candidates, The Wall Street Journal reported.
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Despite this, a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll shows that much of the Republican party want the leadership to stand by Trump, with onl 13 percent saying he should drop out. Sunday’s debate could end up being the most-watched debate in history, likely to beat the first debate last week that pulled 89 million viewers.