Three of Missouri’s leading Republicans — Sen. Roy Blunt, gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens and attorney general nominee Josh Hawley — criticized Donald Trump’s 2005 remarks about women, but they stopped short of withdrawing their support of Trump for president.
“Donald Trump's statements were disrespectful and inappropriate, and he was right to apologize,” Blunt tweeted at about 11:20 p.m. Friday.
Later in the evening, Greitens tweeted this:
“Donald Trump's words were disgusting and wrong. There is no defense of them.”
Hawley was more effusive in a statement his campaign issued:
“Donald Trump's comments as reported tonight are shocking, repulsive, and utterly indefensible,” he said. “They are an affront to every American. He should issue an unconditional apology to those involved, and to the American people.”
The three apparently were the first Missouri Republicans on the statewide ballot next month to speak out on the burgeoning controversy.
In Kansas, Congressman Kevin Yoder called the remarks “disgusting and offensive.”
There was no word from GOP Sens. Jerry Moran or Pat Roberts. Moran is on the ballot in November.