Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) became the second Senate Republican to call on Donald Trump to drop out of the presidential race, calling the GOP nominee a “distraction.”
“I respectfully ask you, with all due respect, to step aside. Step down, allow someone else to carry the banner of these principles… rather than weighing down the American people,” Lee said in a video posted to Facebook on Friday night.
Lee — who has refused to endorse Trump — said Republicans should instead “find a candidate that can carry that banner without distraction and without settling.”
“As [Republicans] been asked to settle, we’ve been given a huge series of distractions,” Lee said in the video, before turning his focus to directly addressing Trump: “With all due respect, sir, you are the distraction. Your conduct, sir, is the distraction.”