Trump lashes out at 'self-righteous hypocrites'

2016-10-09 18:26
(Evan Vucci, AP)

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Washington - Donald Trump is lashing out at the growing list of Republicans abandoning his candidacy, predicting that they're the ones who will lose.

Trump is facing a mass exodus of support in the wake of the release of crude video footage in which he brags about making unwanted sexual advances on women.

The Republican presidential candidate on Sunday tweeted: "So many self-righteous hypocrites. Watch their poll numbers - and elections - go down!"

Trump has also been re-tweeting a series of messages from supporters, including one that lashes out at "GOP traitors!" and says not supporting is voting for "destroying America."

Another tweeted about Republican leadership:


Donald Trump backer Rudy Giuliani says Trump is embarrassed by the airing of the tape.

But — in Giuliani's words — "it seems to me, we should move on".

The former New York City mayor tells ABC's This Week that Trump is "very, very embarrassed and contrite about it".

When asked whether Trump's comments described sexual assault, Giuliani said "that's what he's talking about". But Giuliani isn't sure whether Trump was exaggerating, as "some men" do.

Meanwhile, a GOP senator has said Republicans can't win the White House with Donald Trump as their presidential nominee — and having him at the top of the ticket could drag down other Republicans.

Utah's Mike Lee says Trump and his backers can cement a lasting legacy if he were to step aside, allowing Republicans to find a candidate who can bring together all elements within the party and defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Lee tells NBC's Meet the Press that "we've got candidates who can do it. There's still time to do it, but we have to actually do it."

Lee is among a growing number of Republicans who've called for Trump to step aside following the release of a recording in which Trump makes crude comments about women.

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