Trump's lewd comments about groping women "repugnant," McConnell says

10/08/2016 10:36 AM

Republicans across the state and country issued statements condemning lewd remarks Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was caught saying in an audio tape first reported by the Washington Post on Friday.

In the 2005 audio recording reported on by the newspaper, Trump boasts about groping and attempting to have sex with women in vulgar terms.

In a video posted to Trump’s Facebook page, the New York business mogul offered a defiant apology for the remarks, then went on the attack.

“I’ve said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than a decade-old video are one of them,” Trump says in the video, before pivoting to attack former President Bill Clinton’s sex scandals.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, offered a swift rebuke for Trump’s comments

“These comments are repugnant, and unacceptable in any circumstance,” McConnell said in a statement sent to Pure Politics Friday night. “As the father of three daughters, I strongly believe that Trump needs to apologize directly to women and girls everywhere, and take full responsibility for the utter lack of respect for women shown in his comments on that tape.”

As Trump publicly called the leaked audio a “distraction,” Republican Party of Kentucky Spokesman Tres Watson called the GOP presidential nominee’s 2005 comments “totally inappropriate and unacceptable.”

Across the nation Republicans took swift action to condemn and create distance with Trump, who is set to face Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the second televised debate Sunday.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin called off his plans to campaign with Trump in Wisconsin on Saturday. In a statement, Ryan said Trump would no longer be attending the campaign event and decried the businessman’s statements.

“I am sickened by what I heard today,” Ryan said in the statement issued Friday. “Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified. I hope Mr. Trump treats this situation with the seriousness it deserves and works to demonstrate to the country that he has greater respect for women than this clip suggests.”

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Trump’s running mate, is expected to stand-in for Trump at Saturday’s event.

Meanwhile, Clinton said Trump’s statements are “horrific,” adding that “we cannot allow this man to become president.”


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