Top supporter Ernst: 'No excuse' for Trump's 'objectifying talk'

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) denounced Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers MORE's comments about women in a tweet on Saturday morning, joining the growing number of top Republicans criticizing the party's presidential nominee.

Ernst is a prominent Trump supporter who was once in the conversation to be his VP pick.

On Saturday, she called his leaked comments vulgarly describing groping women "lewd" and "insulting," but stopped short of raising the possibility of rescinding her endorsement.


Leaked audio from 2005 published Friday by the Washington Post revealed Trump describing an unsuccessful attempt to have sex with a married woman and saying that as a celebrity, women let him "do anything."

"You know I'm 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. You can do anything," he said in the audio. "Grab them by the p----."

Reps. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzLawmakers contemplate a tough political sell: Raising their pay Top Utah paper knocks Chaffetz as he mulls run for governor: ‘His political career should be over’ Boehner working on memoir: report MORE (R-Utah) and Martha RobyMartha Dubina RobyOcasio-Cortez: 'I was stopped because it was assumed I was an intern' Insurgency shakes up Democratic establishment Dem House candidate claims Russians tried to hack campaign website MORE (R-Ala.) have rescinded their endorsements of Trump in the wake of the revelations, while several senators called on Trump to be removed from the GOP presidential ticket.

Top Republicans like Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAppeals court rules House chaplain can reject secular prayers FEC filing: No individuals donated to indicted GOP rep this cycle The Hill's Morning Report - Waiting on Mueller: Answers come on Thursday MORE (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Dem candidates sell policy as smart politics Overnight Defense: Trump ends sanctions waivers for buying Iranian oil | At least four Americans killed in Sri Lanka attacks | Sanders pushes for Yemen veto override vote McConnell: 'Time to move on' from Trump impeachment talk MORE (R-Ky.) and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus strongly condemned Trump's remarks, but stopped short of unendorsing.