Trump vows to stay in race after lewd comments surface

Trump's wife Melania and his running mate Mike Pence criticised him for his comments but said they would continue to support him. Photograph:( AFP )

Reuters New York, United States Oct 09, 2016, 04.00 AM (IST)

Beleaguered US presidential candidate Donald Trump is facing hostility from within his own party following the release of a recording showing him passing derogatory comments about women.

The Republican party, of which Trump is the standard bearer in this election, has condemned the sexist comments made by him.

More than 60 Republicans, former and present officeholders, have issued statements denouncing Trump's remarks about groping women months after he got married to his third wife Melania.

Twenty prominent Republicans have even called for his resignation from the presidential race.

Trump's wife Melania was equally critical of her husband, saying, "This does not represent the man that I know."

Calling Trump's behaviour "unacceptable", she however asked the US public to pardon him as he has the "heart and mind of a leader".

Trump's vice presidential running mate Mike Pence was also critical of his comments, saying he would be unable to defend the use of such words.

"As a husband and father, I was offended by the words and actions described by Donald Trump," said Pence, who is governor of Indiana.

Trump's presidential rival Hillary Clinton is yet to publicly chastise Trump's lewd comments. 

'Will never drop out of the race'

Despite the barrage of criticism he has faced since the release of the recording, Trump seemed defiant when he tweeted: "The media and establishment want me out of the race so badly - I WILL NEVER DROP OUT OF THE RACE, WILL NEVER LET MY SUPPORTERS DOWN!"

But the video leak has damaged his prospects of coming to power as it comes barely a month before Election Day.

The latest calamity is likely to further dent his poll numbers. 

(WION with inputs from Reuters)

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