U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton on Sunday joined other Colorado Republicans in condemning the vulgar and sexist comments of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump in a 2005 video exposed by the Washington Post on Friday, but the Cortez congressman stopped short of pulling his support for Trump.
“I find Trump’s comments shocking and appalling. It’s unacceptable and he must directly and sincerely apologize to all women,” Tipton said in a prepared statement, according to Ernest Luning of the The Colorado Statesman. “That said, this is the reality: It is too late to replace anyone on the ballot and we have two flawed candidates for president.
“I will cast my vote for the candidate who will put policies in place to best help the 3rd Congressional District which has seen unemployment remain in double-digits and healthcare premiums continue to rise to unaffordable levels under Obama. The struggles of the 3rd District are real and we cannot afford Hillary Clinton and a third Obama term.”
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn, incumbent GOP U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner and Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman over the weekend all called on Trump to pull out of the race for the good of the party.
Tipton’s challenger, Democratic former state Sen. Gail Schwartz of Crested Butte, put out a press release on Sunday before Tipton’s statement calling him out for his lack of condemnation for Trump, calling it “a matter of upholding our nation’s civility.”
“Sexual harassment is a serious issue in this country,” Schwartz said in the release. “To have the Republican nominee for President engaged in such dehumanizing behavior toward women is reprehensible. I hope that all of us can come together to reject Trump’s candidacy outright. Decent, hardworking Coloradans deserve so much more from our elected representatives, and they deserve to know why Scott Tipton still supports Trump.
The Schwartz release went on to question Tipton’s longstanding refusal to condemn Trump for past comments:
“Scott Tipton has stood by Donald Trump throughout his campaign, despite Trump’s attacks on women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans, among many others. The people of Western and Southern Colorado deserve a Representative who will speak out on their behalf and protect their values. Gail Schwartz promises to do just that.”
One sign the race for the sprawling Western Slope and southern Front Range congressional district has tightened in recent weeks is the aggressive way both campaigns have attacked each other for what they deem misleading ads — in Schwartz’s case on public lands and in Tipton’s case on coal-mining jobs and renewable energy policies.