Donald Trump apologizes for lewd comments about women as Republicans denounce him.
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On Friday, Arizona Sen. John McCain said Donald Trump should "suffer the consequences" of his lewd taped remarks.
One such consequence: Trump has lost McCain's vote.
McCain noted that he had "raised questions about [Trump's] character" several times before, after the candidate made offensive remarks about prisoners of war (including McCain himself), a federal judge of Mexican descent and the Muslim parents of a deceased U.S. soldier.
Yet, McCain had stopped short of breaking ties with the GOP nominee. The comments leaked on Friday, however, appear to have been a breaking point.
"I have wanted to support the candidate our party nominated. He was not my choice, but as a past nominee, I thought it 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," McCain said.
He continued: "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."
McCain said he and he wife, Cindy, would not vote for Trump or for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee.
"We will write in the name of some good conservative Republican who is qualified to be president," he said.