Lewd comments on daughter invites outrage, Trump asked to step down
Amid massive outrage over Donald Trump’s lewd remarks about women that has put his presidential campaign in jeopardy, more reports have emerged that show the Republican candidate made crass, offensive comments about his own daughter and other women in the past.
After scouring almost two decades of audio interviews between Trump and radio personality Howard Stern, CNN published excerpts of the candidate repeatedly commenting on Ivanka Trump’s body.
Trump engaged in crude and demeaning conversations about women over a 17-year period with Stern.
Among the topics Trump discussed - his daughter Ivanka’s physique and checking out of a relationship with women after they turn 35.
The excerpts come a day after the 70-year-old real estate tycoon’s presidential campaign appeared to be collapsing like a pack of cards, with many top Republican party leaders leaving his camp following the surfacing of a 2005 video in which he is seen making lewd remarks about women.
Trump’s long track record of making misogynistic comments and engaging in lewd conversations took on a new tone on Friday night, when the Washington Post published audio of Trump, bragging about how women let him do whatever he wants to because he is a celebrity.
While Trump’s comments - in which he describes forcing himself upon women - stand apart from anything he has said in the past, the reality TV star has long engaged in sexually explicit banter over the years, as per reports.
Trump appeared on Stern’s radio programme for decades, and while many of his appearances have been reported on, the US TV network review turned up previously unreported examples of Trump engaging in crude conversations. In more than one interview with Stern, Trump took part in conversations about Ivanka’s appearance.
In an October 2006 interview, Stern remarks that Ivanka “looks more voluptuous than ever.”
Trump is willing to engage in the discussion about his own daughter, telling Stern that she did not get implants. “She’s actually always been very voluptuous,” Trump responds. “She’s tall, she’s almost six feet tall and she’s been, she’s an amazing beauty,” Trump was quoted as saying.
Amidst unprecedented Republican meltdown, Trump remains defiant
Donald Trump’s presidential campaign on Sunday appeared to be collapsing like a pack of cards, with many top Republican leaders abandoning him a day after his lewd remarks about women surfaced but the controversial billionaire remained defiant and vowed to fight on.
One Republican leader after another, including top Senators and Governors, distanced themselves from the 70-year-old New York-based real estate mogul, who joined the party only a little over a year ago and emerged as its presidential nominee in the short span.
The Republican party faced an unprecedented meltdown, with an increased chorus within the party and its leadership for the reality TV star to drop out of the presidential race ahead of the election next month.
Trump’s own running mate Mike Pence said he could neither condone nor defend his remarks in a 2005 videotape in which he bragged in vulgar terms about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women.
“I am grateful that he has expressed remorse and apologised to the American people. 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 on Monday night,” the Indiana Governor said in a statement.
Later, Pence told a Rhode Island fundraiser that he was committed to Trump. His remarks came after cancelling an appearance scheduled at Wisconsin with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, both of whom had condemned Trump’s remarks the day before but stopped short of withdrawing support altogether.
Trump, however, put up a defiant show. In an interview, he said “there is zero chance I’ll quit.” He said the same thing in an interview to The Washington Post, which was the first to release a video of his lewd comments against women.
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