Donald Trump’s lewd conversation is making everyone furious — including his running mate, Gov. Mike Pence.
On Saturday, Pence released a statement saying, in part, that Pence is “offended” by the statements Trump made in 2005 while speaking on a hot mic with Billy Bush.
“As a husband and father, I was offended by the words and actions described by Donald Trump… I do not condone his remarks and cannot defend them.”
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That was from Pence’s official statement. An anonymous source for People took Pence’s position one step further, saying that Pence was “beside himself” when he first heard the lewd conversation. Additionally, People is reporting that Pence’s wife, Karen, is furious.
I’m told Mike Pence, was “beside himself” and his wife was furious about Trump comments. https://t.co/4ugnpC4M2E
— Steve Peoples (@sppeoples) October 8, 2016
In his official statement, Mike Pence went on to commend Trump for apologizing to the public.
“I am grateful that he has expressed remorse and apologized 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 tomorrow night.”
On Friday, Trump became the subject of scrutiny after a conversation taped in 2005 surfaced on the internet. In that conversation, Trump is heard speaking with TV personality Billy Bush, making extremely suggestive and offensive “guy talk” remarks about sexual acts with women. After graphically describing his tactics, Trump tells Bush “when you’re a star, they let you do it.”
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— Avnish S (@CrickRover) October 8, 2016
The leak of the offensive comments led Trump to his first apology of his 2016 presidential campaign. On Friday, Trump released a video in which he reminded voters that he’s not perfect.
“I never said I’m a perfect person nor pretended to be someone that I’m not. Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong and I apologize.”
Toward the end of his apology, Trump used the opportunity to attack Hillary Clinton, calling her actions far worse than his words.
“I’ve said some foolish things, but there’s a big difference between the words and actions of other people. Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims.”
For some, Trump’s apology was not enough. After Donald Trump’s lewd comments, for example, actor Robert DeNiro released a video in which he lobbied countless insults at Trump. In the video, DeNiro called Trump everything from stupid to a pig and a bozo.
I WOKE UP TO A VIDEO OF THE LEGEND ROBERT DeNIRO SAYING HOW HE WANTS TO THROW THEM HANDS WITH DONALD TRUMP.???????????? pic.twitter.com/AihXep7i7e
— The Low Key Legend (@CoryTownes) October 8, 2016
Additionally, Trump has faced criticism from members of his own party, as Speaker of the House Paul Ryan spoke out and said he was “sickened” by Donald Trump’s offensive comments. Sen. John Thune, (R-S.D.) called on Trump to step down from running. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) did the same.
Donald Trump should withdraw and Mike Pence should be our nominee effective immediately.
— Senator John Thune (@SenJohnThune) October 8, 2016
I can no longer endorse Donald Trump. Read my full statement: pic.twitter.com/lfa9mYZbdC
— Senator Mike Crapo (@MikeCrapo) October 8, 2016
Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.): “Donald Trump’s behavior makes him unacceptable as a candidate for president, and I won’t vote for him.”
— John Bresnahan (@BresPolitico) October 8, 2016
What do you think of Gov. Mike Pence’s statement on Donald Trump’s lewd comments? Do you think his statement was enough, given the situation? Why or why not?
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