CBS News' commentator Ben Stein on Sunday added his call for Donald Trump to quit the presidential race, saying "I want someone clean, after eight years of mess and lies and deceit."
In a fiery commentary on "CBS This Morning," Stein said "loyalty is sacred to me," but that release of a 2005 tape of the GOP nominee's sexually aggressive remarks about women and its fallout "is a nightmare."
"I don’t want someone who talks like a dirty-minded eighth-grader leading the greatest political party on Earth," he said.
"It's time for Donald Trump to go back to Trump Tower," he said. "Time for Mike Pence to move to the top of the ticket. Time for [Florida Sen.] Marco Rubio, or my favorite, [South Carolina Sen.] Lindsay Graham, to move to the Veep spot. "
Stein insisted "I’m not fickle. I have been a conservative in Hollywood for 40 years, and it’s cost me plenty… Loyalty is sacred to me."
"We are supposed to represent a high moral standard," he said. "We are the party of Dwight Eisenhower and of Ronald Reagan, whose charisma was based on dignity. We’re the party of George W. Bush, who made terrible mistakes, but whose fundamental decency was never in doubt. Now comes Donald Trump."
Stein dismissed Trump's arguments that former President Bill Clinton "has said much the same and worse."
"I wouldn’t want Bill Clinton to be leading the Republican Party, either," he said. "I want someone clean, after eight years of mess and lies and deceit. I don’t want someone who talks like a dirty-minded eighth-grader leading the greatest political party on Earth."
"I stood up for him on TV and in print because he was a force for change, and he was not afraid to be non-PC," he said. "But this latest is too much. "
"Donald Trump, for once do the right thing," he said. "Take your boasts and your swindles and your dirty jokes and your jet and go back home, and let our great party try to save itself and the nation."
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