A Republican U.S. congressman representing part of Lancaster County said Saturday he hopes Donald Trump will end his presidential candidacy in the wake of the revelation that Trump used lewd language in a 2005 recorded conversation.
“This sort of vile talk is appalling, it's offensive, and there's no place in public or private for it. It's simply wrong,” U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan, who represents eastern Lancaster County as part of the 7th District, said in a statement issued Saturday by his campaign spokesperson, Virginia Davis.
“Millions of Americans oppose Hillary Clinton's liberal, progressive agenda but it's clear that Donald Trump is not the right leader for the fight against it,” Meehan's statement continued.
“For the good of the country, the Republican Party, and his family, I hope he'll step aside and end his candidacy for President so that we can come together as a party and defeat Hillary Clinton,” Meehan’s statement concluded.
Meehan’s statement was issued via email in response to questions about whether he supports Trump — in light of crude language the real estate developer used in the 10-year-old conversation with then-“Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush.
Meehan is on the ballot in November to retain his congressional seat. During the summer, Meehan made some positive comments about Trump, but stopped short of an endorsement or even full-throated support for the real estate developer and former reality show star.
In the 2005 recording, caught by a mic he apparently didn't realize was live, Trump was heard talking about making advances on women, grabbing women in an inappropriate way and his interest in a married woman.
Trump issued a video apology Saturday.
State Sen. Lloyd Smucker, the Republican nominee for the 13th District U.S. House seat from which Rep. Joseph Pitts is retiring, also condemned Trump's language with a tweet Friday night.
“As a husband and a father of two daughters, I find Donald Trump's comments about women to be rude, inappropriate and appalling,” Smucker's tweet said. “I strongly denounce these offensive comments.”
Smucker's campaign manager Zachary Peirson, said in an email that Smucker had a full schedule Saturday and was, therefore, unavailable for an interview about Trump's comments.
Both Smucker and Scott Martin, the former Lancaster County commissioner who is running for Smucker's state Senate seat, endorsed Trump during a rally Oct. 1 in Lancaster.
Phone calls and emails to Martin and to Pitts' staff, requesting comment on the latest Trump revelation, were not returned or answered as of Saturday evening.
U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, a Republican, called Trump's comments "outrageous and unacceptable" in a tweet Friday night. A Philadelphia Inquirer story Saturday said he hadn't responded to messages asking whether he plans to endorse Trump.
Toomey is running against Democratic challenger Katie McGinty to retain his Senate seat.
"Donald Trump's comments were outrageous and unacceptable." -PT— Pat Toomey (@PatToomey) October 8, 2016