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Sat Oct 8, 2016, 11:32 PM

Tennessee Republicans scold, still stand by Trump after vulgar comments

Tennessee Republicans have condemned vulgar comments made by Donald Trump about women that were revealed in a 2005 recording, but as of Saturday no major GOP officeholder in the Volunteer State had publicly pulled support from the Republican presidential nominee.

“These comments are obviously very inappropriate and offensive and his apology was absolutely necessary,” said U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, who on Friday was named to Trump’s national security advisory council.

Tennessee's other high-ranking Republicans kept quiet on Saturday at the same time the recorded comments from Trump, which detailed sexually aggressive behavior demeaning to women, put Republicans in a frenzy nationally. Trump expressed regret for the comments but vowed to press forward with his campaign amid criticism.

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, never an ardent Trump backer but someone who has said he would support this year’s Republican standard-bearer, did not respond to requests for comment on Trump's remarks, nor did he issue any statement at all on the matter. A spokeswoman for Alexander said he is traveling overseas.

Read more: http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2016/10/08/tennessee-republicans-scold-still-stand-trump-after-vulgar-comments/91783306/

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