By Jamal Whiteman
The Donald Trump presidential campaign has been rocked by the revelation of a video in which he is seen describing trying to seduce a married woman. In the video, in which Trump appears with Billy Bush, he says that, as a star, there were no limits.
“You can do anything, grab them by the pussy,” he said.
According to the Daily Beast, Trump later tried to have the woman, who turns out to be former “Access Hollywood” presenter Nancy O’Dell, fired. She also turned down his advances.
Republicans have reacted in horror to the tape and many of them are now rescinding their support. However, Trump still has his supporters.
Brian Blanc, a spokesman for white nationalist organization, the National White Alliance, said it wasn’t all that bad.
“He could have talked about having anal sex with her,” said Blanc in an interview with the Conservative Chronicle. “This is how guys talk when no one is around. Even though Trump has appeared in porn movies and on the cover of Playboy, operated a casino and been married three times, I still think he will get the support of the Christian community.”
Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski also came to his defense.
“Clearly this is not how women should be spoken about, but you know, we’re not choosing a Sunday school teacher here,” said Lewandowski in an appearance on CNN. “This is 12 years ago, this audio tape, and this does not reflect or bring to mind the Donald Trump that I spent 18 months with.”
But other Republicans essentially washed their hands of Trump.
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and former New York Gov. George Pataki both called on the reality star to resign from the campaign.
“In a campaign cycle that has been nothing but a race to the bottom — at such a critical moment for our nation — and with so many who have tried to be respectful of a record primary vote, the time has come for Governor Pence to lead the ticket,” said Huntsman in an article in The Salt Lake Tribune.
Late in the day Trump issued a video apology, but claimed former President Bill Clinton had done worse.