ST. LOUIS — Donald Trump on Sunday dismissed the vulgar comments he made about women on a 2005 videotape as “locker room talk,” denying the acts he was describing on a hot mic was “sexual assault.”
CNN’s Anderson Cooper, the debate’s co-moderator, asked Trump whether he understood his remarks referenced sexual assault.
“No, I didn’t say that at all,” Trump said. “I’m not proud of it. I apologize to my family. I apologize to the American people. Certainly I’m not proud of it. But this is locker room talk.”
The recording, taped by NBC’s “Access Hollywood,” was first published by The Washington Post on Friday. It includes a number of sexist remarks made by the Republican candidate that sparked uproar over the weekend, including descriptions Trump made about kissing women without consent and grabbing their genitals.
Trump: Yeah, that’s her. With the gold. I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.
Bush: Whatever you want.
Trump: Grab ’em by the p***y. You can do anything.
In his explanation for the 2005 conversation, Trump dismissed the comments as ‘locker room talk’ and said they were inappropriate, but just words.
In response, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley posted tweets about the ‘locker room talk’. As you can see, some Trump defenders argued with Conley. The town hall debate Sunday night was the most-tweeted debate in history.