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

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) denounced Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFauci says his meetings with Trump have 'dramatically decreased' McEnany criticizes DC mayor for not imposing earlier curfew amid protests Stopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest 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 ChaffetzThe myth of the conservative bestseller Elijah Cummings, Democratic chairman and powerful Trump critic, dies at 68 House Oversight panel demands DeVos turn over personal email records MORE (R-Utah) and Martha RobyMartha Dubina RobyThe 14 other key races to watch on Super Tuesday Collins Senate bid sets off game of musical chairs for GOP Global health is the last bastion of bipartisan foreign policy 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 have rescinded their endorsements of Trump in the wake of the revelations, while several senators called on Trump to be removed from the GOP presidential ticket.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 RyanTwitter joins Democrats to boost mail-in voting — here's why Lobbying world John Ratcliffe is the right choice for director of national intelligence — and for America MORE (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump tweets as tensions escalate across US This week: Senate reconvenes as protests roil nation amid pandemic For city parks: Pass the Great American Outdoors Act now MORE (R-Ky.) and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus strongly condemned Trump's remarks, but stopped short of unendorsing.