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Bill Cole Critical of Donald Trump Comments


West Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Bill Cole has criticized Donald Trump for his recently released comments about women.

Cole released a statement Saturday that as a father of two teenage daughters, he was offended by Trump’s remarks, which were recorded in 2005. Cole has endorsed Trump and appeared with him at a rally in May at the Charleston Civic Center.

Cole says that demeaning women “is never acceptable.” He says he understands that Trump has apologized for the comments, and Cole says he hopes it is a lesson that Trump carries with him in the future.

While dozens of other Republicans have called for Trump to quit his campaign, Cole made no mention of it. Trump says his campaign will continue.

Cole faces Democrat Jim Justice on Nov. 8.