Image Credits: AFP / Getty Images / Paul J Richards, Donald J. Trump
A leaked tape from 2005 captured Donald Trump using lewd language discussing women with television host Billy Bush. First reported by The Washington Post, the video was released nearly a month before Election Day and only days before the second presidential debate.
Donald Trump released this apology on his website:
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus condemned Donald Trump’s comments in a brief statement stating, “no woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement “I am sickened by what I heard today. Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified,” adding “I hope Mr. Trump treats this situation with the seriousness it deserves and works to demonstrate to the country that he has greater respect for women than this clip suggests.”
Ryan also disinvited Trump from a joint campaign appearance on Saturday in Wisconsin. Trump later announced that he would be preparing for the debate during the event.
Many other Republican leaders took to Twitter shortly after the tapes were released:
Hitting on married women? Condoning assault? Such vile degradations demean our wives and daughters and corrupt America’s face to the world.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) October 8, 2016
As the grandfather of two precious girls, I find that no apology can excuse away Donald Trump’s reprehensible comments degrading women.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) October 7, 2016
Make no mistake the comments were wrong and offensive. They are indefensible.
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) October 7, 2016
Donald’s comments were vulgar, egregious & impossible to justify.
No one should ever talk about any woman in those terms, even in private.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 8, 2016
These comments are disturbing and inappropriate, there is simply no excuse for them.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 8, 2016
I condemn in the strongest possible terms the comments made by Donald Trump regarding women. I find them disgusting.
— Pat McCrory (@PatMcCroryNC) October 8, 2016
— Mark Kirk (@SenatorKirk) October 8, 2016
“Donald Trump’s comments were outrageous and unacceptable.” -PT
— Pat Toomey (@PatToomey) October 8, 2016
America deserves far better than @realDonaldTrump
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) October 7, 2016