North Texas Congresswoman Calls For Trump To “Step Aside”

Rep. Kay Granger is the first member of the Republican congressional delegation from North Texas to state that Donald Trump should end his Presidential campaign.

On Sunday, Rep. Granger's spokesperson shared her reaction to lewd comments made by Trump in 2005 with this statement:

"We have hard rumors about the insensitive and vulgar things Mr. Trump says about women. But watching that video is disgusting. Mr. Trump should remove himself from consideration as Commander in Chief."

Trump has insisted he will "never" abandon his White House bid despite calls for him to step aside after his vulgar descriptions of sexual advances on women were revealed.

Granger represents the 12th congressional district of Texas, which includes the western half of Tarrant County, all of Parker county and parts of Wise county. She has been steadily re-elected since her first bid for congress in 1996. She was elected Fort Worth's first female mayor in 1991

In April 2016, Rep. Granger criticized Trump on NBC 5's Lone Star Politics. She said Trump's call for a wall between the United States and Mexico would hurt our relationship with the country.  

NBC 5 reached out to the entire republican congressional delegation.

Rep. Will Hurd is the only other GOP member of congress from Texas to ask for Trump to step aside.

Besides Congresswoman Granger, Representative Michael Burgess issued a statement, as well.

“When I heard of the comments made by Mr. Trump in 2005, I was distressed," Burgess said. "I cannot condone nor defend these remarks. However as Mr Trump stated, this campaign has changed him as a candidate and a man and this election needs to be about which candidate will advance our conservative principles. Based on comments made by Hillary Clinton in paid speeches, there is no doubt Mr. Trump remains the best candidate for President. Saturday morning I was contacted by a constituent. Her observation: 'A vote for Trump is not to condone his behavior, but to preserve what little freedom we have left in America.' I could not agree more."

Other North Texas Republican lawmakers condemned his remarks but not asked him to end the campaign.

Fort Worth Representative Roger Williams spokesperson says he is still supporting Donald Trump.

Some republican strategists think this could affect how Texas votes.

One said that Trump will still win, but by a smaller margin, while another saying Trump is in danger of losing the state.

Dallas State Senator Royce West has been saying for months that he thinks Texas could possibly go blue, but it depends on voter turnout.

NBC 5 asked him whether the Democratic National Committee is investing more in Texas.

“Have not talked to members of the DNC to see whether more money will poured into the state of Texas, but I can assure you that those of us who care about Texas, care about the direction of this country, will put the resources in that’s necessary in order to get out the vote,” said Senator West.

NBC 5's Julie Fine contributed to this report.

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