Donald Trump apologizes for lewd comments about women as Republicans denounce him.

Vulnerable California House members say they will not back Donald Trump

Rep. Steve Knight (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Rep. Steve Knight (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Several California Republicans in tight House races joined  politicians from across the country Saturday who said they cannot back Donald Trump any longer after hearing lewd remarks he made about forcibly kissing and touching women.

Rep. Steve Knight, the state's most vulnerable Republican, said Saturday he was "deeply disturbed" by the 2005 remarks.

"In my career as a law enforcement professional I was confronted with and worked tirelessly to end the horrific reality of violence toward women. After hearing Donald Trump's inexcusable comments last night I was deeply disturbed & reminded of that reprehensible behavior," the Palmdale Republican said in a statement.

Knight, who hasn't endorsed this year or in previous elections, said he will not support either Trump or Hillary Clinton.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokeswoman Barb Solish called Knight's announcement "way too little, way too late, and quite frankly pathetic."

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, who is challenging Rep. Ami Bera (D-Elk Grove), also said Saturday that he will not vote for Trump or Clinton.

"I can no longer explain to my daughters why I am voting for Mr. Trump," he said in a statement

Knight, Jones and Justin Fareed, the GOP candidate hoping to replace outgoing Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) each backed away from Trump's statements Friday, but had not discussed their votes.

Fareed's spokeswoman told The Times Saturday that he has not said anything further.

Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford), who also is in a closely watched race this year, has already said he will not vote for Trump, and he said in a serious of tweets Saturday morning that the new remarks are an example of why.

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