BUFFALO, NY-- After the disturbing video of Donald Trump making multiple off-color remarks about women, two of his supporters, Republican Congressmen Tom Reed and Chris Collins, issued statements condemning the remarks but adding they still back the party presidential nominee.
But, neither House member has made themselves available to answer questions despite multiple requests by 2 On-Your-Side throughout the weekend and on Monday.
On Saturday Reed issued this statement:
"Women are never to be talked about in this way. As someone with eight older sisters, a wife and daughter I care deeply about, it is disappointing and offensive to hear these words. It is not right and these comments must be called out for what they are, just wrong."
Then on Monday, Reed's campaign issued a second statement reiterating his rejection of Trump's videotape remarks and clarifying his support of Trump:
“Like many Americans, and as I previously stated, Donald Trump’s comments from 2005 are just plain wrong and I will not defend them. However, a Hillary Clinton presidency is unacceptable. As said last night, she is looking for a liberal Supreme Court to enact her agenda. She demonstrated extreme recklessness regarding classified information and risking American lives simply for her own personal convenience. Most troublesome she arrogantly believes she can publicly state one thing while privately carrying out a different agenda. We have to change the DC establishment - so I continue supporting Donald Trump as an outsider who will shake up DC.”
Collins also issued a statement Saturday. It reads:
“The comments made by Mr. Trump were disappointing, and frankly unacceptable. There is no room in our society for comments like these. Mr. Trump has since apologized for his actions. There is no change in my support of Mr. Trump as our nominee because he remains the only candidate who will bring back our jobs, secure our borders and stand up to our enemies.”
Reed and Collins inability to field question in person or by phone stands in contrast to Trump himself. Sunday night at the second presidential debate with an audience of some 28-million watching, Trump publicly apologized and withstood a series of questions about his comments.