Trump is CHEERED outside Trump Tower: Defiant Donald greets supporters in New York after Melania condemns him and senior GOP figures withdraw their support for his crude hot-mic comments
- Donald Trump walked outside Trump Tower in New York City to meet dozens of adoring fans on Saturday
- The defiant Republican nominee waved at supporters who cheered wildly and waved pro-Trump signs
- The extraordinary scene came after Melania Trump denounced her husband's remarks in a 2005 video
- Trump has been criticized by members of GOP for his lewd comments that were published on Friday
- Despite dozens calling on him to drop out, Trump says there is 'zero chance' he'll quit the presidential race
- Running mate Mike Pence is 'beside himself' with the comments Trump made on an Access Hollywood set
- Many other prominent Republicans have called for Trump to drop out, including Senator John McCain
Donald Trump has been cheered by dozens of fans in an extraordinary scene outside Trump Tower in New York, just hours after Melania called her husband's lewd remarks about women from a 2005 video 'unacceptable and offensive'.
The defiant Republican nominee emerged from his Manhattan skyscraper about 5pm on Saturday, and was immediately mobbed by adoring supporters. Trump waved to his fans and raised a fist in the air before disappearing back inside the building emblazoned with his surname.
Chris Christie was also seen arriving at Trump Tower, as the nominee continues to prepare for the second presidential debate with Hillary Clinton on Sunday night.
Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who said calls for Trump to bow out are simply the 'wishful thinking of the Clinton campaign and those people who have opposed him for a long time,' also spent most of the day inside Trump Tower.
Earlier in the day, as Trump's statements were being condemned by his running mate and dozens of senators and representatives withdrew their support and discussed replacing him, Melania said her husband's words do not represent the man he is today.
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Donald Trump has been cheered by dozens of fans in an extraordinary outside Trump Tower in New York
Donald Trump is surrounded by security guards and police as he greets supporters in Manhattan on Saturday afternoon
'The words my husband used are unacceptable and offensive to me. This does not represent the man that I know,' she 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 out nation and the world,' the statement said.
In the 2005 clip, Trump talks about trying to have sex with a married woman and how he 'can do whatever he wants' to women because he's a star, just months after marrying Melania.
Melania's disavowal of the comments is the latest among dozens of Republicans who have denounced the GOP nominee's comments in the 2005 video.
The Republican nominee emerged from the Manhattan skyscraper about 5pm on Saturday, and was immediately mobbed by adoring supporters
Donald Trump waves to supporters as he emerges from Trump Tower in Manhattan on Saturday. He was inside all day preparing for Sunday's debate against Hillary Clinton
Governor Chris Christie arrives at Trump Tower on Saturday, where Donald Trump spent most of the day preparing for Sunday's presidential debate
None of Trump's children, who have been some of his most fierce surrogates, have spoken out since the comments went public.
But Trump seems unfazed and was tweeting again and claiming his campaign isn't in crisis on Saturday.
'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! #MAGA,' Trump tweeted on Saturday.
Melania Trump has called her husband's lewd remarks about women from a 2005 video 'unacceptable and offensive' in a statement
Trump told the Wall Street Journal that there is 'zero chance' he'll quit the race for the White House
He then told the Wall Street Journal there is 'zero chance' he'll quit. He also said he's getting 'unbelievable' support from his backers.
'I never, ever give up. The support I'm getting is unbelievable, because Hillary Clinton is a horribly flawed candidate,' Trump said to the Wall Street Journal on Saturday.
He also said that the controversy would 'blow over' like his attack on Senator John McCain and his proposed ban on Muslim immigrants.
Donald Trump apologized for the words he said in 2005 that were released on Friday in a video posted early Saturday
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
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
When the paper asked him about the sexual statements he replied: 'People get it. They get life.'
Just before 11am on Saturday, Trump sent out a tweet that read: 'Certainly has been an interesting 24 hours!'
The vague post came just hours after Trump's running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, was said to be 'beside himself' over the Donald's comments.
Pence released a statement on Saturday saying: 'As a husband and father, I was offended by the words and actions described by Donald Trump in the eleven-year-old video released yesterday.
Kellyanne Conway (pictured, ledt), campaign manager for the Republican presidential candidate, arrived at Trump Tower on Saturday
A woman holds up a newspaper with a headline quoting Donald Trump outside of Trump Tower in Manhattan
The entertainer Naked Cowboy stands in front of Trump Tower in Manhattan after Trump's comments were made public
'I do not condone his remarks and cannot defend them. I am grateful that he has expressed remorse and apologized to the American people.
'We pray for his family and look forward to the opportunity he has to show what is in his heart when the goes before the nation tomorrow night.'
Pence was supposed to replace Trump at a Wisconsin event with Paul Ryan after the Speaker said he was 'sickened' by Trump's remarks, but later canceled.
Trump made sexual comments about women to Billy Bush (right) while talking about his attempts to hit on a married woman and said he can 'do whatever you wants' because he's a star
Trump's controversial comments were caught on a hot mic during an appearance on Access Hollywood in 2005
Vice President Joe Biden went a step further with his criticism than most Republicans, saying Trump's words are a form of 'sexual assault'
Dozens of Republicans have since called for Trump to drop out or rescinded their support.
Senator John McCain was one of the highest profile GOP members to withdraw his support, saying in a statement: '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.'
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Trump's comments were 'repugnant, and unacceptable in any circumstance'. He called on Trump to make a greater apology than the one he released early Saturday.
Trump apologized for the statements made in the short video released on Friday with his own video posted to Twitter just after midnight on Saturday.
'I've never said I'm a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone I'm not. I've said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than a decade-old video are one of them,' the Republican nominee said in the statement.
Trump then called the controversy a 'distraction', before pivoting into an attack on Hillary and Bill Clinton.
'Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed, and intimidated his victims,' he said.
Not surprisingly, Vice President Joe Biden went a step further with his criticism than Republicans did, saying Trump's words are a form of 'sexual assault'.
Ayotte once called Trump a 'role model' but later said she misspoke and then fully retracted her support on Saturday
After delivering the short apology, Trump pivoted and began to attack Hillary and Bill Clinton in the statement
Dozens of Republicans denounced Trump and called for him to drop out of the race, including those who ran against him for the nomination like Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush
'The words are demeaning. Such behavior is an abuse of power. It’s not lewd. It’s sexual assault,' Biden tweeted.
The woman Trump was speaking about in the 2005 clip also spoke out on Saturday saying she was saddened by the comments made at that time.
'Politics aside, I’m saddened that these comments still exist in our society at all. When I heard the comments yesterday, it was disappointing to hear such objectification of women,' Nancy O'Dell said.
'As a woman who has worked very hard to establish her career, and as a mom, I feel I must speak out with the hope that as a society we will always strive to be better.'
Many leading Republican figures, including those who opposed him in the recent primaries, slammed Trump for the comments that emerged on Friday
Throughout the day, dozens of Republicans also condemned the Donald's remarks, including the his predecessor as presidential nominee.
Mitt Romney tweeted: 'Hitting on married women? Condoning assault? Such vile degradations demean our wives and daughters and corrupt America's face to the world.'
On Saturday at a rally he still but encouraged people to come out and vote for the Republicans, but he failed to mention Trump's name during the call out.
Jeb Bush, who ran against Trump for the Republican nomination, tweeted: 'As the grandfather of two precious girls, I find that no apology can excuse away Donald Trump's reprehensible comments degrading women.'
Trump (pictured with Arianne Zucker) was caught out making the shocking comments while on the set of Access Hollywood in 2005
It was revealed the married woman Trump bragged about trying to seduce was Entertainment Tonight co-host Nancy O'Dell
One of Trump's most reluctant supporters, Texas Senator Ted Cruz tweeted: 'These comments are disturbing and inappropriate, there is simply no excuse for them.'
Carly Fiorina, who also ran against Trump for the nomination, said: 'Trump does not represent me or my party.'
Republican Conference chairwoman and Washington representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers said: 'It is never appropriate to condone unwanted sexual advances or violence against women.
New Hampshire senator Kelly Ayotte, who once called Trump a 'role model' said his comments were 'totally inappropriate and offensive'.
Hillary Clinton slammed the comments made by Trump, describing them as 'horrific'. She is expected to bring up the controversy during Sunday's debate
Donald Trump is interviewed by Billy Bush of Access Hollywood at 'Celebrity Apprentice' Red Carpet Event at Trump Tower on January 20, 2015
The potentially election-losing scandal broke on Friday when the Washington Post published a video that was made on an Access Hollywood set in 2005 and captures Trump, newly married to Melania, discussing women with host Billy Bush.
'I moved on her and I failed. I'll admit it. I did try and f*** her. She was married', Trump said about O'Dell in the recording.
'And I moved on her very heavily... 'I moved on her like a b***h, but I couldn't get there. And she was married.'
The Republican nominee then bragging about how his celebrity status allows him to do 'anything' to women.
'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,' he boasts.
'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.'
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