Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter has called on Republican Sen. Marco Rubio to revoke his endorsement of Donald Trump or withdraw from the Senate race. And the Democrat hoping to replace Murphy in a nationally watched Palm Beach-Treasure Coast swing district, Randy Perkins, has made a similar demand of his GOP foe, Brian Mast.
Democrats in Florida and elsewhere have stepped up their Trump-shaming after a 2005 tape surfaced Friday in which part-time Palm Beach billionaire Trump brags in vulgar terms about being able to grope women “when you’re a star.”
Rubio and Mast have both denounced Trump’s remarks — but haven’t walked back their endorsements of their party’s presidential nominee.
“Donald’s comments were vulgar, egregious & impossible to justify. No one should ever talk about any woman in those terms, even in private,” Rubio said told his Twitter followers on Friday night.
Not good enough, Murphy said in a statement this morning.
“Donald Trump’s comments are sickening, inexcusable, and dangerous. They contribute to a culture that devalues women and makes our society unsafe,” said Murphy. “Trump is an unhinged misogynist who has no place anywhere near our country’s highest office. Marco Rubio claims he ran for reelection to serve as a check on the next President, even if the next President is his preferred candidate Donald Trump. But how can he serve as a check on a Trump Presidency if he won’t even hold Trump accountable as a candidate? If Senator Rubio cannot withdraw his endorsement after this latest sickening news, then he should withdraw from the race.”
Mast denounced Trump this morning.
“As someone with a wife and daughter, I find comments like Mr. Trump’s inexcusable and disgusting. As a father and as a husband I denounce and condemn Mr. Trump’s remarks completely,” Mast said in a statement his campaign sent to The Palm Beach Post.
Asked if that meant he was still endorsing Trump, Mast spokeswoman Madison Anderson replied: “Brian and his wife are disgusted by the comments. They will continue to seriously evaluate their support for the Republican nominee in the coming days.”
Perkins and Mast are running for the nationally watched Palm Beach-Treasure Coast District 18 seat that Murphy is leaving to challenge Rubio in the Senate race.
Perkins, like Murphy, called on his Republican rival to make a full break with Trump.
“I am deeply disturbed and disgusted, not only as a husband and a father, but as a human being. Bragging about groping women is never acceptable, and this type of language can never be tolerated or condoned,” Perkins said in a statement released by his campaign shortly after noon. “This is why I’m calling on Brian Mast to officially revoke his endorsement of Trump’s candidacy for president.”