Comstock: Donald Trump's comments are 'vile and disqualifying'

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Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-Va.-10th) on Friday night called for Republican Donald Trump to step down as the party's nominee for president following the revelation of Trump using abusive language toward women.

The unprecedented denouncement from a 10th District representative comes one month before the nation's voters will head to the polls to elect their next commander-in-chief.

The Washington Post on Friday published a video in which Trump can be heard bragging about making unreciprocated sexual advances toward women.

"This is disgusting, vile and disqualifying," said Comstock, a first-term representative and long-time GOP political operative. "No woman should ever be subjected to this type of obscene behavior and it is unbecoming of anybody seeking high office."

Comstock's remarks arrive after months of the media pressing for a clear stance from her with regards to Trump. While she had previously been critical of Trump's behavior, she stopped short of refusing to endorse her party's nominee.

Friday's statement left little, if any, room for doubt on Comstock's views toward Trump, though she also said she will never vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

"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," she said. "I cannot in good conscience vote for Donald Trump and I would never vote for Hillary Clinton."

Trump issued an apology on Facebook around midnight saying he "was wrong."

"I've said some foolish things, but there is a big difference between words and actions. Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims," Trump said. "We will discuss this more in the coming days."

Prior to Comstock's statement, Republican Loudoun County Supervisor Ron Meyer (Broad Run) also called for Trump to step down. He said it's "sad for our nation that our two parties nominated two people unfit to serve."

"It's time for Trump to drop out and end this nightmare," Meyer wrote on Twitter.

At least two of Meyer's colleagues on the county's governing body, Vice Chairman Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn) and Supervisor Suzanne Volpe (R-Algonkian), have publicly supported Trump.

Buona, the board's highest-ranking Republican and a second-term supervisor, has not responded to an email seeking comment.

Two prominent national Republicans, Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan and former presidential nominee Mitt Romney, also denounced Trump's remarks Friday.

Comstock's Democratic challenger in this year's race, LuAnn Bennett, also called Trump's comments "vile and disgusting." Bennett said Comstock was silent for too long on Trump's controversial campaign.

"These latest revelations are shocking, but they are sadly not surprising," Bennett said in a statement. "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."

Contact Baratko at tbaratko@virginianewsgroup.com or on Twitter at @TrevorBaratko.

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