The second presidential debate on Sunday night immediately got off and running by addressing the 2,000-pound elephant in the room: What does Trump have to say about that shocking video of him describing grabbing women “by the pussy” and bragging about kissing them without their consent?
Debate moderator Anderson Cooper said organizers received a deluge of questions for viewers about the video, which was published online on Friday, saying, “You bragged that you have sexually assaulted women, do you understand that?”
The GOP nominee responded:
No I didn’t say that at all, I don’t think you understood what was said.
This was locker room talk, I’m not proud of it, I apologized to my family, I apologized to the American people.
Certainly I’m not proud of it, but this is locker room talk.
When we have a world where ISIS is chopping off heads, and, frankly, drowning people in steel cages, where you have wars and horrible, horrible sights all over, when you have so many bad things happening, this is like medieval times, we haven’t seen anything like this, the carnage all over the word, and they look and they see–Can you imagine the people that are frankly doing so well against us with ISIS, and they look at our country and see that’s going on.
Yes, I’m very embarrassed by it, I hate it, but it’s locker talk, and it’s one of those things.
I will knock the hell out of ISIS, we’re going to defeat ISIS. ISIS happened a number of years ago in a vacuum that was left because of bad judgement, and I will tell you, I will take care of ISIS and we should get on to much more important things and much bigger things.
Cooper pressed Trump on whether he ever kissed women without their consent. He responded that “nobody has more respect for women than I do” but said “no, I have not” after further prompting by Cooper.
Watch Trump’s remarks via ABC News:
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