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Democrats call on Kansas GOP to abandon Trump amid latest allegations

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Milwaukee, Wis., in August.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Milwaukee, Wis., in August. File photo

Kansas Democrats called on the state’s Republican leaders Thursday to drop their support of presidential nominee Donald Trump in the face of newly surfaced allegations of sexual assault.

Several women have come forward this week to accuse Trump of sexual assault following the release of an 11-year-old tape in which the candidate could be heard boasting about grabbing women by the genitals.

Trump heatedly rejected the new allegations as “pure fiction” and called his female accusers “horrible, horrible liars” Thursday.

A Kansas Democratic spokeswoman said Thursday that it was “both unacceptable and appalling that the Republican leaders in Kansas continue their unwavering support of the candidate.

“Their loyalty to a man, who among many other issues, is an alleged sexual predator, shows an utter lack of courage – and proves that these Republicans place party and politics before the people they were elected to represent,” said Heather Scanlon, spokeswoman for the Kansas Democratic Party.

Kansas Republican officials have condemned Trump’s words on the tape, but they did not respond Thursday to The Eagle’s request for comments on the new allegations.

U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo of Wichita sent The Eagle an e-mail that did not address the allegations but instead contended that Democrats should demand that Hillary Clinton drop out of the race.

“Democrats must explain to the American people how they continue to defend a candidate who has called tens of millions of Americans irredeemable, allowed airmen – like those at McConnell Air Force Base – to be put at risk by placing top secret information she was sworn to protect in the grasp of our enemies, and who has vowed to nominate Supreme Court Justices that will remove basic constitutional freedoms from all of us,” Pompeo said in an e-mail.

“Add to that the fact that one of her closest confidants has now been outed for describing Catholics as backwards and evangelicals as worse, and every decent Democrat must demand that Hillary Clinton withdraw from the race immediately,” Pompeo said, referring to recently leaked e-mails from Clinton campaign chair John Podesta.

Podesta, who is Catholic, had corresponded with left-leaning activists about efforts to push the church in a more liberal direction.

During the weekend, Gov. Sam Brownback, who serves on advisory committees for the Trump campaign, called Trump’s statements on the tape “demeaning, inappropriate and unacceptable” and said the passage of time did not change that. His office did not respond to multiple requests for comments Thursday.

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who also serve in advisory roles with Trump campaign, also did not respond.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran and U.S. Reps. Kevin Yoder and Lynn Jenkins also did not respond to requests for comment.

Roger Marshall, who won the Republican primary in the First Congressional District, had said during the weekend that Trump’s comments on the tape made him “speechless, embarrassed for my party, and offended on behalf of Kansans.” He did not respond to a request for comments about the new allegations.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump released a video statement Friday in response to a 2005 video in which he made lewd comments and bragged about groping women.

Contributing: Hunter Woodall of the Kansas City Star, Curtis Tate of McClatchy and the Associated Press

Bryan Lowry: 785-296-3006, @BryanLowry3

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