Donald Trump appeared on The O’Reilly Factor on Tuesday, October 11, and discussed his recently surfaced 2005 lewd comments on women. He also trash-talked GOP politicians, including Paul Ryan and John McCain, who have unendorsed him over the scandal.
The Republican presidential nominee said that he’s not worried about losing female voters because of the video of his conversation with then Access Hollywood host Billy Bush. “First of all, [it’s] locker-room talk, and most people have heard it before. I’ve had a lot of women come up to me before and say, ‘I’ve heard that and I’ve heard a lot worse than that over my life,’” he told host Bill O’Reilly. “If that’s what it’s going to take to lose an election, that would be pretty sad. Then I’d have to go back to my other life.”
The presidential hopeful, who stressed he’s “winning big” with men, said he believes he’s still doing well with women. “What women want is — we do the childcare program that … my daughter Ivanka wanted very, very much. I agreed with her 100 percent,” he said. “What women want is secure borders, they want safety, they want law and order, they want a police department that’s allowed to do its job, they want justice for all. They want a lot of things that everybody else wants.”
Trump also explained his tweet from Tuesday that the “shackles have been taken off.” He said it referred to Republican leaders such as Ryan and McCain, who dropped their support following the leak of the Trump tape. “The shackles are some of the establishment people who are weak and ineffective people within the Republican party,” he said. “They don’t give the kind of support that we really need. I think I’m better off without their support.”
O’Reilly asked if the business mogul will be more outspoken now that he’s unshackled. “I don’t think I’m that outspoken, to be honest with you,” Trump said. “I think I’ve been very nice.”
The former Apprentice star also touched on Sunday’s debate and criticism that he was encroaching on rival Hillary Clinton’s space. “She came into my territory,” he said. “I was standing at my lectern and all of a sudden, from nowhere, she walks right in front of me. The next day it was I was in her space.”
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