SEATTLE (AP) – The highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state, has condemned crude comments made by Donald Trump in a recording in 2005 that were revealed Friday.
Multiple news outlets are reporting that in a Friday evening statement McMorris Rodgers said, “It is never appropriate to condone unwanted sexual advances or violence against women. She also said “Mr. Trump must realize that it has no place in public or private conversations.”
She did not say she would withdraw her support for the Republican presidential candidate, to whom she had given a lukewarm endorsement.
In a debate earlier this week, McMorris Rodgers said she would vote for Trump and praised his acumen as a businessman.