Following Donald Trump’s nauseating remarks about sexual assault, Republicans who support his bid for the presidency have been dropping like flies. John McCain joined their ranks on Saturday when he revoked his support for the GOP nominee, which drove so much traffic to the Arizona senator’s website that it crashed.
McCain released a statement that outlined the complaints he has had about Trump for months, including his attacks on “Prisoners of War, the Khan Gold Star family, Judge Curiel and earlier inappropriate comments about women.” He also mentioned Trump’s recent remarks about the Central Park Five.
But McCain said there were “no excuses” for Trump’s bragging about grabbing women “by the p*ssy.” He denounced the comments as “offensive and demeaning” and said that “no woman should ever be victimized by this kind of inappropriate behavior.
According to the statement, McCain said that he really “wanted to support the candidate our party nominated.” But the tape of Trump bragging about sexually assault was simply more than McCain could stomach.
“Donald Trump’s behavior this week, concluding with the disclosure of his demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults, make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy.”
McCain added that his wife, Cindy, has a “strong background in human rights and respect for women and fully agrees with” his decision to dump Trump. However, he also said that he does not intend to vote for Hillary Clinton either. Instead, he and his wife plan to “write in the name of some good conservative Republican who is qualified to be President.”
You can read McCain’s full statement below.
John McCain withdraws support for Trump pic.twitter.com/G1Rvj1W1sp
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) October 8, 2016
In the aftermath of McCain’s announcement, so many people flooded onto the Arizona senator’s website that the site completely crashed. At the time of this writing, when you try to pull up his page, this is all you get.
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