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

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) denounced Donald TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again 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.

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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 ChaffetzFormer chairman appears at House Oversight contempt debate Republicans spend more than million at Trump properties House Dems seek to make officials feel the pain MORE (R-Utah) and Martha RobyMartha Dubina RobyThe Go-Go's rock the stage at annual 'We Write the Songs' DC concert The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Restrictive state abortion laws ignite fiery 2020 debate Thirty-four GOP members buck Trump on disaster bill 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 have rescinded their endorsements of Trump in the wake of the revelations, while several senators called on Trump to be removed from the GOP presidential ticket.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 RyanBooker prepping for first 2020 debate with bicep curls Democratic debates: What the top candidates need to do Paul Ryan praises Trump: 'He's not taking any crap' MORE (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPelosi: Congress will receive election security briefing in July Adam Scott calls on McConnell to take down 'Parks & Rec' gif Trump says he spoke to Pelosi, McConnell on border package MORE (R-Ky.) and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus strongly condemned Trump's remarks, but stopped short of unendorsing.