Trump's top donors dismiss his crude hot-mic comments as 'locker room braggadocio' and say they will stand by him despite dozens of GOP figures withdrawing their support
- Robert and Rebekah Mercer spearhead the largest pro-Trump super PAC
- The father-daughter-duo upheld their support for him on Saturday
- Dismissed his hot-mic comments to Billy Bush as 'locker room' bragging
- In the 2005 tape, Trump boasted he could 'grab women by the p****'
- Dozens of senior GOP figures have withdrawn their support for him since
Donald Trump's top donors, a billionaire businessman and his daughter, stood by him on Saturday despite an exodus of endorsers within the GOP party amid the fallout from his crude hot-mic comments.
Robert and Rebekah Mercer dismissed Trump's boast that he could 'grab them by the p****' as nothing more than 'locker room braggadocio', insisting their support remained squarely behind the businessman.
In a lengthy statement issued to The Washington Post, the father-daughter-duo said they were not surprised by the release of a 2005 tape in which Trump was heard discussing his aggressive sexual strategies.
'Donald Trump's uncensored comments, both old and new, have been echoed and dissected in the media repeatedly in an effort to kindle among his supporters a conflagration of outrage commensurate with the media's own faux outrage.
Robert and Rebekah Mercer (above, left), a father and daughter who run the largest pro-Trump super Pac, have maintained their support for the candidate in the wake of a leaked 2005 tape in which he made lewd comments about women
'Can anyone really be surprised that Mr. Trump could have said to Mr. Bush such things as he has already admitted saying? No. We are completely indifferent to Mr. Trump's locker room braggadocio,' they said.
The pair, who control a bountiful super PAC which supports the Republican candidate, then pointed to Bill Clinton and his alleged sexual impropriety.
Their statement of support came as a steady stream of GOP figures withdrew theirs from Trump's campaign.
Other donors are reportedly asking for their money back.
CBS cited one campaign insider who said they had been inundated with calls from donors expressing buyer's remorse since the tapes were released.
Trump refused to withdraw his bid for the White House on Saturday
Their retreat came after a 2005 Access Hollywood tape was released on Friday in which Trump, then newly married to his wife Melanie, told how he 'immediately' kissed women without waiting - and how they allowed him to because he was a 'star'.
'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.'
'Grab them by the p---y. You can do anything.'
Trump has since apologized, admitting he was 'wrong'.
He has been admonished by Speaker Paul Ryan, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and even his own running mate, Mike Pence, over the comments.
The Mercers however stopped short of addressing the comments specifically in their statement.
The Mercers turned their wrath on Bill Clinton who they said had 'multiple violent sexual assaults to his credit'
The Mercers started the Republican super PAC which has morphed into Defeat Crooked Hillary. It began as a fund to support Senator Ted Cruz in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination
Instead they lay their disgust with Bill Clinton who they said had 'snared a young intern into his web', referring to Monica Lewinsky, the White House aide Clinton later had sex with while President.
'We can remove the uncivil nastiness of emphasizing candidates' personal behavior which will not affect our lives compared to the policies implemented,' they concluded.
Robert Mercer was named the 15th highest earning hedge fund manager in the world in 2015. He sits at the helm of Renaissance Technologies Corp.
His middle daughter Rebekah spearheaded a super PAC in support of Senator Ted Cruz. Kellyanne Conway, Trump's campaign manager, ran the committee.
The PAC evolved into Defeat Crooked Hillary, the group responsible for smearing adverts about the Democratic candidate, after Trump clinched the Republican nomination.
It's not known exactly how much the duo have spent trying to put Trump in the White House.
Mr Mercer devoted more than $11million to backing Ted Cruz and has invested in several conservative interests including the Breitbart News Network and the Heritage think tank, according to Bloomberg.com.
WHICH REPUBLICANS HAVE DENOUNCED DONALD TRUMP OR CONDEMNED HIS COMMENTS?
Ohio Senator Rob Portman
Former New York Governor George Pataki
Colorado Congressman Mike Coffman
Tennessee Senator Bob Corker
Minnesota Congressman Erik Paulsen
Former presidential candidate Ben Carson
Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse
Alabama Representative Bradley Byrne
West Virginia Shelley Moore Capito
RNC Chair Reince Priebus
Ohio Governor John Kasich
Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley
Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson
New York Congressman Chris Collins
Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson
Texas Governor Greg Abbott
Nebraska Governor Pete Rickets
Running mate Mike Pence
Republican Speaker Paul Ryan
Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell
Former presidential nominee Mitt Romney
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush
Texas Senator Ted Cruz
Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers
Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey
Florida Senator Marco Rubio
Illinois Congressman Robert Dold
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
Utah Senator Orrin Hatch
North Carolina Senator Richard Burr
Indiana Congressman Todd Young
Iowa Senator Joni Ernst
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory
WHO ARE THE REPUBLICANS THAT HAVE WITHDRAWN THEIR SUPPORT FOR DONALD TRUMP OR CALLED ON HIM TO DROP OUT?
Illinois Senator Mark Kirk
Utah Senator Mike Lee
Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan
Virginia Representative Barbara Comstock
Arizona Senator Jeff Flake
New Jersey Representative Scott Garrett
Alabama Congresswoman Martha Roby
Nevada Representative Joe Heck
South Dakota Senator John Thune
New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte
Utah Governor Gary Hebert
Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz
Idaho Senator Mike Crapo
South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard
Texas Congressman Will Hurd
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham
Maine Senator Susan Collins
Nebraska Congressman Jeff Fortenbury
California Congressman David Valadao
Arizona Senator John McCain
Utah Governor Gary Hebert
Missouri Congresswoman Ann Wagner
Former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina
Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer
Nevada Congressman Cresent Hardy
Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski
Utah Congresswoman Mia Love
Pennsylvania Congressman Charlie Dent
Michigan Congressman Fred Upton
Colorado Senator Cory Gardner
Colorado Senate nominee Darryl Glenn
Florida Congressman Tom Rooney
New Jersey Congressman Frank LoBiondo
Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman
Utah Congressman Chris Stewart
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley
Michigan Congressman Justin Amash
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