State Republican Chair excuses Trump after lewd comments

KING 5's Dan Cassuto reports.

One Washington state Republican leader is excusing Donald Trump after a video surfaced that recorded Trump bragging about assaulting women.

In a video shared by the Washington Post Friday, Trump is heard joking with former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush about his sexual exploits, including attempting to have sex with a married woman.

“I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it,” Trump says early in the video that was recorded in 2005. “I did try and f--- her. She was married.”

Related: Trump apologizes for lewd comments caught on tape

State Republican Party Chair Susan Hutchison issued a statement on Trump’s comments.

“Donald Trump’s comments in 2005 – 11 years ago were made when he was a Democrat,” Hutchison said. “The hypocrisy of Hillary Clinton to say Trump does not belong in the White House when her husband defined this behavior.”

Washington State Democrats Chair Jaxon Raven released a statement about Hutchinson's comments on "Trump’s inexcusable attacks on women."

“It's wrong to defend or excuse sexual assault at any level and at any time. Washington State Republican Party Chair Susan Hutchison's attempt to excuse Donald Trump for his attack against women is not only wrong but it is dangerous.  We cannot and will not condone or excuse sexual assault and we cannot and will not elect Republican Donald Trump as President,” said Raven. 

Clinton’s campaign staff tweeted Friday that the video was “horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president.”

Another Washington Republican leader did not follow Hutchison’s lead.

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who represents Spokane, previously endorsed Trump, but didn’t hesitate to condemn the GOP candidate for his comments.

“It is never appropriate to condone unwanted sexual advances or violence against women,” McMorris Rodgers said in a statement. “Mr. Trump must realize that it has no place in public or private conversations today or in the past."

Republican Senate candidate Chris Vance also called Trump’s comments “inexcusable.” Vance has been anti-Trump from the start.

“It’s not what Trump said, it’s what he did,” Vance said in a statement. “This wasn’t just ‘locker room talk,’ Trump bragged about routinely making unwelcome sexual advances against women. That’s called sexual assault,” something he has been accused of before.”

King County GOP Chairman Lori Sotelo called Trump's comments "unacceptable."

"I agree with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus when he said no woman should ever be talked about in such a manner. Ever. Such remarks are unacceptable and do not represent the character of the Republican Party," said Sotelo.  

Congressman Dave Reichert, who represents the 8th District, says he was "appalled" by Trump's comments:

"As a son, husband, father, and grandfather I am appalled by Donald Trump's comments and blatant disrespect for women.  For 33 years in law enforcement I put my life on the line to protect women from sexual violence and abuse. The actions described in that video are absolutely reprehensible.

For two and a half centuries millions of Americans have laid down their lives to protect our right to vote and choose our leaders. It is a sad day in our country when voters are faced with two less-than-desirable candidates for President, and because of that people across Washington and the U.S. are really struggling with the decision of who to honor with their vote. However, one thing is clear, we deserve better.  While I will never vote for Hillary Clinton, unfortunately with these comments Donald Trump has lost my vote," said Reichert.

Secretary of State Kim Wyman called the comments "beyond offensive."

“Donald Trump’s crude and disgusting comments are beyond offensive. No one – woman or man – should ever be discussed in such a demeaning way. And as a woman who has served as an elected official for 15 years and takes that responsibility very seriously, I find it particularly disturbing coming from someone who is pursuing public office,” said Wyman.

WUSA contributed to this report.

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