Two donors who contributed at least tens of thousands of dollars to Republican nominee Donald Trump's campaign would now like their money back.
On Oct. 12, days after a recording of Trump bragging about kissing and groping women without consent surfaced, two donors to his campaign have demanded the business mogul’s campaign return their money, NBC News reports.
“I cannot express my disappointment enough regarding the recent events surrounding Mr. Trump,” one donor wrote in an email forwarded to a Trump fundraiser.
The donor expressed concern that the current direction of Trump’s campaign would lead dire consequences for the Republican party.
“As a father of two daughters preparing for marriage, I am repulsed by his comments regarding women,” the donor continued. “I regret coming to the Trump support event, and in particular allowing my son to be part of it. I respectfully request that my money be refunded.”
The donor’s change of heart arrived after a conversation between Trump and television personality Billy Bush from 2005 was leaked. During a bus ride, Trump bragged about attempting to seduce a married woman.
“I moved on her like a b----, but I couldn’t get there,” Trump said, reports The Washington Post. “And she was married ... she’s now got the big phony t--- and everything.”
Trump had also told Bush that his celebrity status allowed him to make sexually aggressive advances towards women, without repercussions.
“I just start kissing them ... I don’t even wait ... Grab them by the p----,” Trump said. “You can do anything.”
A second donor forwarded an email to the same fundraiser, voicing outrage over the leaked audio recording.
“I can not support a sexist man,” the donor wrote. “I have three young children and will not support a crude sexist man. I expect a refund of my donation.”
The fundraiser who received the emails is a bundler, or a campaign supporter who raises money for a candidate through personal networks. The bundler, who requested anonymity, has decided to stop raising money for the Trump Victory fund, a joint account for the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee.
“I’m totally walking out and disappointed ... I’m embarrassed,” the bundler said. “I shook hands with [Trump] last week and now I want to wash my hand.”
The most recently disclosed campaign finance reports indicate the Trump campaign raised $83.1 million from June through August, with the real estate developer himself contributing 7 percent to that, according to The Huffington Post.
Throughout the GOP primary, Trump had vowed to largely self-finance his presidential campaign. His own contributions to his campaign were drastically scaled back after he won the GOP nomination.