In an interview with the WSJ, Donald Trump has said there’s “zero chance I’ll quit”, adding that “I never, ever give up.” He also insisted his campaign isn’t in crisis: “The support I’m getting is unbelievable, because Hillary Clinton is a horribly flawed candidate.”
Trump said he is considering making a speech Saturday night to discuss the controversy as well as his campaign’s positions. He said the controversy will blow over as did others, such as his attacks on Sen. John McCain and his proposed ban on Muslims.
The statement follows calls from Republicans for him to exit the race as a result of the leaked audio revealing Trump making obscene sexual remarks in 2005.
Among those calling for Trump to step down from the GOP presidential ticket are Sens. Mike Crapo, Mike Lee, Mark Kirk, Barbara Comstock and Ben Sasse.
Earlier, Reps. Jason Chaffetz, Martha Roby and Kelly Ayotte rescinded their endorsements of Trump, and conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt has called on him to leave the presidential race.
Donald Trump’s behavior makes him unacceptable as a candidate for president, and I won’t vote for him.
Full statement: pic.twitter.com/Ge7GU1TSvm
— Rep. Martha Roby (@RepMarthaRoby) October 8, 2016
I can no longer endorse Donald Trump. Read my full statement: pic.twitter.com/lfa9mYZbdC
— Senator Mike Crapo (@MikeCrapo) October 8, 2016
I will not vote for Donald Trump. Read my statement here: pic.twitter.com/F8zajgDZpg
— Kelly Ayotte (@KellyAyotte) October 8, 2016
A full list of republicans who have rescinded support or are calling for Trump to step down is shown below.