COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – Ohio Sen. Rob Portman has withdrew his support of Donald Trump.
In response to the surfacing of sexually aggressive remarks made by Trump in 2005 on Friday, the Portman campaign released this statement in a press release Saturday night:
From Rob Portman: “As I said yesterday, Donald Trump’s comments were offensive and wrong. I had hoped to support the candidate my party nominated in the primary process. I thought it was appropriate to respect the millions of voters across the country who chose Donald Trump as the Republican Party nominee. While I continue to respect those who still support Donald Trump, I can no longer support him. I continue to believe our country cannot afford a Hillary Clinton presidency. I will be voting for Mike Pence for President.”
Although Portman had maintained his distance from Trump, he still supported him until Saturday.
Portman joins Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who also released a statement on Saturday criticizing Trump’s latest incident.
Trump responded to the national backlash on Saturday, saying he will not drop out of the presidential race despite many Republicans urging him to do so.