Trump fighting to stay in race after 'vile' sex boasts
Jibes about groping women were unacceptable and offensive - wife Melania
US presidential nominee Donald Trump vowed last night to remain in the race even as his campaign was thrown into crisis as both his wife and running mate criticised him and more than a dozen prominent Republicans withdrew support and urged him to drop out following news of a recording of him making lewd comments.
"The media and establishment want me out of the race so badly - I will never drop out of the race, will never let my supporters down!" Trump wrote yesterday on Twitter.
The video was the latest calamity for Trump, who had hoped to revive his flagging campaign in the face of a drop in polls with less than a month until Election Day.
Trump is due to appear alongside Democrat Hillary Clinton tonight in their second debate in the run up to the election. Clinton is not expected to address Trump's video before then.
The 2005 video of Trump talking on an open microphone showed the then-reality TV star speaking about groping women and trying to seduce a married woman, now known to be TV host Nancy O'Dell.
The video was taped only months after Trump married his third wife, Melania. In a statement, Melania Trump called her husband's words "unacceptable and offensive to me."
"This does not represent the man that I know," Melania Trump said. "He has the heart and mind of a leader. I hope people will accept his apology, as I have, and focus on the important issues facing our nation and the world."
The backlash against the video was swift and widespread. More than 60 prominent Republican current and former officeholders issued statements condemning Trump's remarks about women, including more than 20 who called for him to end his presidential bid.
In an unusual move, vice presidential running mate Mike Pence issued a critical statement of Trump's words, saying on Twitter that he "cannot defend them".
"As a husband and father, I was offended by the words and actions described by Donald Trump," said Pence, who is governor of Indiana.
Actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger also withdrew his support saying: "As proud as I am to label myself a Republican, there is one label that I hold above all else - American. So I want to take a moment to remind my fellow Republicans that it is not only acceptable to choose your country over your party - it is your duty."