On Friday, after the 2005 recording of Donald Trump making very lewd comments and admitted to acts that could be criminal surfaced, Senator John McCain issued a statement condemning Trump’s conduct.
On Saturday, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee had finally had enough. He finally issued a statement withdrawing his support for Trump. Below is the full text of Senator McCain’s statement:
“In addition to my well known differences with Donald Trump on public policy issues, I have raised questions about his character after his comments on Prisoners of War, the Khan Gold Star family, Judge Curiel and earlier inappropriate comments about women. Just this week, he made outrageous statements about the innocent men in the Central Park Five case.
“As I said yesterday, there are no excuses for Donald Trump’s offensive and demeaning comments in the just released video; no woman should ever be victimized by this kind of inappropriate behavior. He alone bears the burden of his conduct and alone should suffer the consequences.
“I have wanted to support the candidate our party nominated. He was not my choice, but as a past nominee, I thought it was important I respect the fact that Donald Trump won a majority of the delegates by the rules our party set. I thought I owed his supporters that deference.
“But Donald Trump’s behavior this week, concluding with the disclosure of his demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults, make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy. Cindy, with her strong background in human rights and respect for women fully agrees with me on this.
“Cindy and I will not vote for Donald Trump. I have never voted for a Democratic presidential candidate and we will not vote for Hillary Clinton. We will write in the name of some good conservative Republican who is qualified to be President.”
It is no secret that Trump and McCain have had a difficult relationship since early in the primaries when Trump said that McCain was not a war hero because he had been captured, clearly not knowing anything about Senator McCain’s ordeal, or that of any of the thousands of men and women who have served this country, especially in war zones.
And when Trump attacked a Gold Star family after they had spoken at the Democratic National Convention, McCain strongly condemned Trump.
Still McCain had continued to endorse the Republican nominee. Friday’s revelations were the final straw.