Donald Trump’s misogynistic comments: What all has unfolded since the tapes were made public

Many of the current and former GOP governors are withdrawing support for Trump. They either want him to abandon his presidential campaign or say they will not vote for him.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 9, 2016 3:13 pm
Trump, however, remains defiant, as he vows to not quit the presidential race. (AP Photo) (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File) Trump, however, remains defiant, as he vows to not quit the presidential race. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

The US presidential elections in 2016 is wracked with controversies – email hacks, racism, tax evasion. This week, however, the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hit a new low after the Washington Post made public a 2005 recording. In this tape, Trump is heard bragging about how women let him do “anything” because he is famous, glorifying groping and harassment of women. He is heard saying, “When you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything.” He adds seconds later, “Grab them by the p—-. You can do anything.” He also proceeds to comment on women’s bodies.

The comments created an immediate furor and invited flak from the opposition as well as his those within his own party. House Speaker Paul Ryan uninvited Trump from an event at the former’s home district. This was the first event where Ryan was officially going to stand with the Republican presidential nominee. Ryan said he was “sickened” by Trump’s comments.

Trump’s running mate too found himself in an awkward place but he stated that he was unable to condone or defend the presidential candidate’s comments. While Pence was to attend Paul Ryan’s event, he too dropped eventually. “We pray for his family,” Pence said in a statement after canceling the Wisconsin appearance scheduled with House Speaker Paul Ryan and the Republican National Committee chairman, Reince Priebus. Preibus too condemned Trump’s remarks the day before but stopped short of withdrawing support altogether.

Many of the current and former GOP governors are withdrawing support for Trump. They either want him to abandon his presidential campaign or say they will not vote for him.

Republican leaders have scheduled a Monday morning conference call for House GOP lawmakers, who are out of town for Congress’ election recess. The email obtained by The Associated Press doesn’t specify the topic for the 11 a.m. EDT call, but rank-and-file lawmakers believe it’s about Trump. Such calls are rare and usually held to discuss important matters.

His opponent Hillary Clinton condemned the comments, saying that a man like Trump should never be president. “This is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president,” she tweeted.

Donald Trump issued an apology for the comments. However, his first statement described the comments as “locker room banter.” In his official apology he also added that Bill Clinton has said much worse and that this controversy was only a distraction from the real issues.

Trump, however, remains defiant, as he vows to not quit the presidential race. He tweeted he would not yield the GOP nomination under any circumstances: “The media and establishment want me out of the race so badly – I WILL NEVER DROP OUT OF THE RACE, WILL NEVER LET MY SUPPORTERS DOWN!”

After issuing the apology, Trump also commented on the events that unfolded, calling them “interesting.”

His wife Melania too issued out a statement, saying she found the words “offensive” but wanted the people to vote for Trump as he “has the heart and mind of a leader”.  The statement said, “The words my husband used are unacceptable and offensive to me. This does not represent the man that I know. He has the heart and mind of a leader. I hope people will accept his apology, as I have, and focus on the important issues facing our nation and the world.”

Reports also say the many donors are calling for refunds for the money they gave to Trump’s presidential campaign. His son Eric Trump is reportedly making personal appeals to supporters for donations and continuing support.

This is not, however, the only time he has been deeply misogynistic. He was earlier under fire for calling former Miss Universe Alicia Machado “miss housekeeping”, “miss piggy” and for publicly humiliating her about her weight gain. During a campaign, he also called a lawyer ‘disgusting’ for breastfeeding in public.

Earlier reports also reveal that when Melania Trump was pregnant, he called her a “monster” and “a blimp.”

With inputs from agencies

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    Bir Chilarai
    Oct 9, 2016 at 1:02 pm
    The most por politician in US? Bill Clinton, president of USA who got a young woman named Monica Lewinsky to give him a bl@w job in the Oval Office and raped many others. His wife, Hillary Clinton, went after these women with a vengeance to ruin their lives. That's real depravity. Trump's macho trash talk, ugly as it is, is absolutely nothing in comparison.
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    Bir Chilarai
    Oct 9, 2016 at 1:04 pm
    True.
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    Vihari Naidu
    Oct 9, 2016 at 10:32 am
    Trump coming into the race shows how regressive the American society is. And they lecture everyone about progressive ideology....lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Imagine how many women will be molested if Trump becomes the president.....
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    VIVEK
    Oct 9, 2016 at 12:03 pm
    I think more the media and the establishment tries to keep Trump down, more he will rise.
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