Trump on sex tape: I only talked about women, Bill Clinton abused them (video)

The highly anticipated second TV debate between US Presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, at Washington University in St. Louis, started with the two refusing to shake hands at the outset, although they did at the end. Following the revelations of tape where Trump was saying in 2005 in a locker-room he could grope women because he was a celebrity, it had become apparent that GOP candidate would be under pressure. The first question of the evening got right to the heart of the issue for many of the Republicans and Democrats who have listened to that tape: “Do you feel you’re modelling appropriate and positive behaviour for today’s youth?” Patrice Brock, an undecided Missouri voter, asked. From there, it was off to the races – and by “races,” we mean long, Trumpian diatribes that made no sense from a visibly agitated GOP nominee who often lurked behind his opponent like a creeper. Here are some of the key questions and responses by the two candidates on the night:
On the “Trump tape”
Moderator Anderson Cooper: “You called what you said locker-room banter – kissing women without consent, grabbing their genitals. That is sexual assault. You bragged that you have sexually assaulted women.”
Trump: “I don’t think you understood. This was locker room talk. I’m not proud of it. … But this is locker-room talk. When we have a world where you have ISIS chopping off heads, where you have frankly drowning people in steel cages, wars and horrible, horrible sights all over, so many bad things happening. We haven’t seen anything like this. The carnage all over the world. Can you imagine the people that are frankly doing so well against us with ISIS. And they look at our country and see what’s going on. Yes, I’m very embarrassed by it. I hate it. But it’s locker-room talk and it’s one of those things. I will knock the hell out of ISIS. We’re going to defeat ISIS.”

On whether Trump has ever non-consensually grabbed a woman “by the pussy”
Cooper: “Have you ever done those things?”
Trump: “No, I have not. I will tell you, that I’m going to make our country safe. We’re going to have borders in our country, which we don’t know. People are pouring into our country and coming in from the Middle East and other places.”

On whether Trump has changed since the tape came out
Raddatz: “When you walked off that bus [where the recording was captured] at age 59, were you a different man, or did that behavior continue until just recently?”
Trump: “I am a person who has great respect for people, for my family, for the people of this country. And certainly, I’m not proud of it but that was something that happened. If you look at Bill Clinton, far worse, mine are words, his was action. This is what he has done to women. Never been anybody in the history of politics in this nation that’s been so abusive to women, so you can say any way you want to say it, but Bill Clinton was abusive to women. Hillary Clinton attacked those same women and attacked them viciously. Four of them here tonight. One of the women, who is a wonderful woman, at 12 years old, was raped at 12. Her client she represented got him off, and she’s seen laughing at the girl who was raped. She is here with us tonight, so, don’t tell me about words. … And I will tell you that when Hillary brings up a point like that and talks about words that I said 11 years ago, I think it’s disgraceful and I think she should be ashamed of herself, if you want to know the truth.”

On Trump’s comments about Bill Clinton being an abuser of women
Clinton: “When I hear something like that, I am reminded of what my friend, Michelle Obama, advised us all: ‘When they go low, you go high.'”
Trump: “And I’ve gotten to see some of the most vicious commercials I’ve ever seen of Michelle Obama talking about you, Hillary. So, you talk about friend – go back and take a look at those commercials. A race where you lost fair and square. Unlike the Bernie Sanders race, where you won, but not fair and square, in my opinion. All you have to do is take a look at Wikileaks and see what they say about Sanders, and see what Wasserman-Schultz had in mind. Never had a chance. I was so surprised to see him sign on with the devil, but when you talk about apology, I think the one you should really be apologising for, and this thing you should be apologising for, are the 33,000 e-mails that you deleted and that you acid-washed, and then the two boxes of e-mails and other things last week taken from an office and are now missing.”

On Trump’s plans for Clinton if he becomes president
Trump: “I’ll tell you what, I didn’t think I’d say this, and I’m going to say it, and hate to say it: If I win, I’m going to instruct the attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation, because there’s never been so many lies, so much deception. Never been anything like it, and we’re going to have a special prosecutor. When I speak, I go out and speak, the people of this country are furious. In my opinion, the people that have been long-term workers at the FBI are furious. There has never been anything like this, where e-mails and you get a subpoena and after getting the subpoena, you delete 33,000 emails, and then acid-wash them or bleach them. A very expensive process, so we’re going to get a special prosecutor, because people have been, their lives have been destroyed for doing one-fifth of what you’ve done. And it’s a disgrace, and honestly, you ought to be ashamed.”
On temperament

Clinton: “It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law of our country.”
Trump: “Because you’d be in jail.”

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