Washington Republican chair responds to calls for resignation over Trump video

Washington State Republican Chair Susan Hutchison is striking back at fellow Republicans who have asked her to resign.

Critics have started a petition drive on Change.org.

They are unhappy with Hutchison for her defense of Donald Trump’s vulgar comments in a video in which he describes himself groping women.

Hutchison was repulsed by Trump’s words, but defended him, saying that they came 11 years ago. "He was a Democrat then,” she said on Friday.

Late Monday evening, Hutchison issued a statement.

“As a Republican leader in this state, I regularly face a hostile media and partisan attacks -- all in a day’s work,” she said.

"My role as party chairman is to serve Republican voters, elected officials, party members, donors and our team of hardworking volunteers throughout the state.

I have received overwhelming support from them.”

We checked with the four Republican members of Congress in our state.

Rep. Dave Reichert, of the 8th District, said he won't vote for Trump.

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, of the 3rd District, also said she will not vote for Trump.

Rep. Dan Newhouse, of the 4th District, didn't get back to us.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, of the 5th District, denounced Trump's comments, but is not withdrawing her support for him.

State Republican Party Chair Susan Hutchison’s controversial defense of Trump has sparked a small backlash within the party.

So far, there are 131 signatures on the online petition asking Hutchison to resign.