Some of Donald Trump's most insulting comments about women

In a videotaped midnight apology, Donald Trump declared "I was wrong and I apologize" after being caught on tape making shockingly vulgar and sexually charged comments.

The deeply conservative Pence distanced himself from Trump after the Washington Post unearthed a graphic Access Hollywood clip of the presidential hopeful saying his fame imbued him with the power to do anything with women, up to and including "grab them by the pussy".

Some may draw a distinction between Trump's outrageous earlier comments about women, minorities and others by noting that this time, the businessman wasn't just being offensive - he was describing actions that could be considered sexual assault. He also discussed trying to sleep with a married woman and failing.

The mogul bragged that "when you're a star, they let you do it".

Those fleeing from Trump may ultimately say it was the shock of hearing and seeing the businessman's crudeness on video that prompted them to finally walk away. He adds seconds later: "Grab them by the p--. You can do anything". Former GOP candidate Carly Fiorina, however, did and Ryan dis-invited Trump to a campaign event in Wisconsin.

Democrat Eileen Bedell, a lawyer from Chesterfield County who is running against Brat, said in a statement: "It took Dave Brat 20 hours, a full day, to find his moral compass and attempt to avoid the backlash on Donald Trump, but Brat is standing by his man and still supports The Donald".

He also tried to turn the tables on Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and her husband, former president Bill Clinton. Nevada Congressman Joe Heck, who is in a close race for Senate, said he condemned Trump's comments "in the strongest possible terms" and that the language he used was "disgraceful". "Your conduct, sir, is the distraction".

Lee called on Trump to abandon his campaign, saying it was time for the Republican Party to "expect more. There is no need for us to settle".

The video was the latest calamity for Trump, who had hoped to revive his flagging campaign in the face of a recent drop in polls with less than a month until Election Day. While this might be thought of as a magical (and perhaps long-sought) fix to the party's Trump problem, it doesn't solve the GOP's problems with numerous demographics that suffered from Trump's hateful bombast. But with some notable exceptions - including almost all the party's living past presidents and White House nominees - GOP officials have at least nominally thrown their support behind him.

He stayed confident that he would still win the race. He had an uneven performance in the first debate and in the following days, bewilderingly feuded with a beauty queen he had shamed for gaining weight. But the businessman's comments about the Miss Universe contestant pale in comparison to his words in the newly released recording. "I understand the responsibility of Republicans to support their nominee".

Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) weighed in with this statement in a Twitter post: "These comments are totally indefensible but, unfortunately, are consistent with his long history of demeaning women generally".

Republican strategist Ron Bonjean said "this feels like it is quickly becoming a political "game over" for Trump. It was recorded during a bus ride while Trump was on his way to tape an episode of the soap opera "Days of Our Lives".

Trump huddled on Saturday afternoon in Trump Tower with senior advisors, including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Anyone who stands with the real Trump now-the Trump who thinks that furniture is foreplay and that women are basically just furniture-will never be able to hide from that fact again. Her agent John Ferriter declined to comment on the video, which has thrust the television journalist into an unlikely place of prominence in the US presidential campaign.

The video was reportedly shot as part of the #VoteYourFuture campaign, but was released on its own due to the extreme nature of De Niro's remarks.

Election law experts suggest it would be logistically impossible to replace Trump on the ballot altogether, with early voting underway in some states and overseas ballots already distributed to military servicemen and others.

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