In an awkward interview on MSNBC Tuesday night, Rep. Blake FarentholdRandolph (Blake) Blake FarentholdThe biggest political upsets of the decade Members spar over sexual harassment training deadline Female Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations MORE (R-Texas) said he would be open to withdrawing his endorsement of GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMulvaney: 'We've overreacted a little bit' to coronavirus Former CBS News president: Most major cable news outlets 'unrelentingly liberal' in 'fear and loathing' of Trump An old man like me should be made more vulnerable to death by COVID-19 MORE if the billionaire goes too far. 

Trump has suffered a wave of high-profile Republican defections since Friday, when a 2005 video was released of him boasting about forcibly kissing women and groping their genitals. Trump has apologized for the remarks and called it “locker room talk,” though White House press secretary Josh Earnest said “those statements constituted sexual assault.”

Farenthold defended Trump’s comments from 11 years ago Tuesday night on MSNBC.

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“You don’t know the entire context of all this,” he told the host Chris Hayes, when first asked about the controversial tape. “I’m not here to defend Donald Trump. I don’t like what he said. Donald Trump can defend himself on that.”

But his response prompted Hayes to pose a hypothetical question based off the idea of locker room talk.

“If a tape came out with Donald Trump saying that, saying ‘I really like to rape women,’ you would continue to endorse him?’” host Chris Hayes asked on MSNBC’s “All In.”

“That would be bad,” Farenthold responded, struggling to answer as he appeared to consider the theoretical scenario involving the GOP’s presidential nominee. “I’d have to consider it.”

But later Tuesday night in a statement from his campaign, Farenthold said the question "was clearly an attempt by the media to paint Donald Trump and Republicans in as bad of light as possible."

“As someone who prides himself on answering every question asked, I was unprepared for the outrageous and hypothetical question asked me by Chris Hayes. That does not excuse my failure to immediately condemn anyone who would say, ‘I like raping women.'"

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Farenthold also took to Twitter to apologize “for my failure to immediately condemn anyone who would say something as outrageous as they like raping women.”

Republicans are warring over the recently unearthed footage of Trump crudely discussing women. 

Uproar over the audio recording has divided the GOP less than month from Election Day over the best course of action for Trump’s presidential bid.

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanLobbying world John Ratcliffe is the right choice for director of national intelligence — and for America House Democrat calls for halt to lawmakers sleeping in their offices MORE (R-Wis.), for example, has vowed he will neither campaign nor defend Trump going forward.

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe 10 Senate seats most likely to flip What does Joe Biden believe about NASA, space exploration and commercial space? The Memo: Activists press Biden on VP choice MORE (R-Ariz.), meanwhile, withdrew his endorsement of the GOP nominee last Saturday.

Farenthold himself faced accusations of sexual harassment from a former staffer, which were dropped last year.

Lauren Greene, Farenthold’s former communications director, filed a lawsuit in December 2014 alleging he had sexually harassed and discriminated against her based on gender.

Greene was fired in July 2014 after working for Farenthold for about 18 months before the incident’s conclusion in court.

Updated 9:52 p.m.