Nationally, many Republicans have been quick to condemn lewd comments GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump made about women in a 2005 video that was released Friday.
But many Republican officials and candidates in New Mexico have said nothing publicly — at least yet — that NMPolitics.net could find.
Seeking comment on the Trump video, NMPolitics.net has emailed the offices of Gov. Susana Martinez and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, the state Republican Party, Republican secretary of state candidate Nora Espinoza, and 11 GOP state lawmakers and legislative candidates in hotly contested races. If any of them respond, we’ll let you know.
Despite pressure, Martinez, who chairs the national Republican Governor’s Association, has declined to endorse Trump to date, but she did show up to help cast New Mexico’s votes for him in July at the Republican National Convention. Pearce has said he will vote for Trump.
Not surprisingly, Democrats in New Mexico were quick to comment. The state Democratic Party pointed out in a news release that Trump, in the video, “implies that he deserves special treatment for his ‘star’ status and describes taking advantage of women without consent. ”
“Trump’s comments are not only vulgar, they are intolerable. Trump disrespects women, and that is not a quality we want in our president,” said state Democratic Party Chairwoman Debra Haaland. “There are Republican candidates right here in New Mexico supporting Trump — Nora Espinoza and Steve Pearce to name a couple. If New Mexico Republicans still support Trump after this display of behavior, they don’t deserve to be in office.”
As first reported Friday by the Washington Post, Trump can be heard on the 2005 video talking about trying unsuccessfully to have sex with a married woman, saying he “moved on her like a bitch.” Trump can also be heard saying he is “automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”
“And when you’re a star, they let you do it,” Trump says. “You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”
You can watch the video here:
Late Friday, Trump released this video statement about the situation:
This post has been updated to include Trump’s Friday-night statement.