Not letting this one slide. Donald Trump’s vice presidential running mate, Mike Pence, is the latest high-ranking GOP official to denounce the real estate mogul’s vulgar words about Nancy O'Dell from a newly released 2005 video.
In a statement he shared via Twitter on Saturday, October 8, Pence, 57, admonished Trump, 70, for his lewd comments about women. “As a husband and father, I was offended by the words and actions described by Donald Trump in the eleven-year-old video released yesterday,” the statement reads. “I do not condone his remarks and cannot defend them.”
“I am grateful that he has expressed remorse and apologized to the American people,” Pence continued, referencing Sunday's upcoming second presidential debate. “We pray for his family and look forward to the opportunity he has to show what is in his heart when he goes before the nation tomorrow night.”
Earlier in the day, the Indiana governor canceled his appearance at a Wisconsin political event with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Trump had previously tweeted that Pence would be “representing him” at the affair when the former Apprentice host was uninvited by an irate Ryan, who is hosting the event.
“I am sickened by what I heard today,” Ryan, 46, said in a statement on Friday, October 7, shortly after the offensive footage was released. “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.”
Trump issued a video statement on his Twitter account late Friday evening in response to the footage, which shows him bragging to former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush about forcibly kissing and groping women.
“You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them,” the presidential hopeful can be heard saying in the clip. “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.”
“Whatever you want,” Bush echoes.
“Grab them by the p–sy. You can do anything,” Trump says proudly.
In his statement Friday, Trump claimed that “anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am.”
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