Jack Welch, the former GE chief and a longtime Republican, withdrew his support for Donald Trump on Saturday, joining a growing number of GOP luminaries distancing themselves from their presidential nominee in the wake of a widening political firestorm.
Welch, who had publicly backed the real estate mogul, called for the party to find a new nominee as several top Republican leaders said they could no longer back Trump in light of a newly publicized audio clip from 11 years ago. On Saturday, Arizona Republican senator and 2008 nominee John McCain also revoked his support, joining a clutch of top GOP leaders who are running away from Trump.
"Like Republican message on Economy, Security and Supreme Court...Unfortunately, wrong messenger...Party must change nominee now," Welch tweeted Saturday evening.
In a hot mic recording from 2005, Trump was caught making crude comments about women, appearing to brag about groping them. Although Trump apologized in a video statement and has flatly refused to drop out, it has done little to quell the damage.
In a tweet on Sunday hours before the second presidential debate, Trump blasted party officials and candidates criticizing him as "self righteous hypocrites," who would go on to lose their elections.