Rep. Chaffetz Withdraws Trump Endorsement

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Oct 08, 2016 12:30 AM
Rep. Chaffetz Withdraws Trump Endorsement

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) has withdrawn his previous endorsement of Donald Trump after lewd audio of the candidate surfaced Friday afternoon. Chaffetz is the first sitting member of Congress to un-endorse Trump.

Chaffetz cited his teenage daughter as one of the motivations behind pulling his support.

Chaffetz, a Republican representing Utah's Third Congressional District, appeared on Fox 13 News at Nine Friday, saying: "I'm out. I can no longer in good conscience endorse this person for president. It is some of the most abhorrent and offensive comments that you can possibly imagine."

Rep. Chaffetz said he and his wife have a 15-year-old daughter, and he said if he can't look her in the eye and tell her about what Trump said he can't endorse the man.

Several other prominent Republicans, including the governor of Utah, condemned Trump on Friday evening.