Early in the Presidential Debate, attention turned to recent recordings leaked from a 2005 discussion in which Trump made derogatory comments towards women.
“This was locker room talk,” he said. “I’m not proud of it. I apologize to my family, to the American people. Certainly, I’m not proud of it.”
He added: “I have great respect for women. Nobody has more respect for women than i do. You hear these things. I was embarrassed by it. I have tremendous respect for women, and women have respect for me.”
Like everyone else, I spent a lot of thinking over the last 48 hrs about what we heard and saw,” Mrs. Clinton said. “With prior republican nominees, I disagreed with them on policies and principles, but I never questioned their fitness to serve. Donald trump is different. I said starting back in June he was not fit to be commander and chief. And many republicans and independents have said the same thing. What we all saw and heard on Friday was Donald talking about women, what he thinks about women, what he does to women, and he has said the video doesn’t represent who he is. But i think it’s clear to anyone who heard it that it represents who he is. We’ve seen this throughout the campaign, we have seen him assault women, rate women on appearance, ranking them from 1 to 10, we’ve seen him embarrass woman on TV and Twitter. We saw him after the first debate, nearly a week denigrating a former miss universe in the harshest most personal terms.”
She added: “Yes, this is who Donald Trump is. But it’s not only women, and it;s not only this video that raises questions about his fitness to be our president because he has also targeted immigrants, native americans, latinos, people with disabilities, pows, muslims and so many others.”
Trump concluded: “Its just words, those words. I’ve been hearing them for many years, I heard them when they were running senate where Hillary was gonna bring jobs back to upstate New York and she failed. Hillary is constantly talking about inner cities which are a disaster education wise. I am going to help african americans, latinos, hispanics.” He then evoked Bill Clinton.
“What President Clinton did he was impeached, lost his license to practice law, he had to pay 850k to one of the women, Paula Jones,” he said. “I will tell you, that when Hillary brings up a point like that and she talks about words i said years ago, i think it’s disgraceful and I think she should be ashamed of herself.”
Clinton then riposted: “I am reminded of what my friend Michelle Obama advised us all: ‘when they go low, you go high.'”