Vermont senator Bernie Sanders did not mince words when it came to his reaction on Donald Trump’s lewd tapes, in one of which he is heard making a string of crude and derogatory remarks about women to television personality Billy Bush, at one point even saying that his modus operandi when it comes to seducing women is to simply “grab them by the p**sy.”
While campaigning for Hillary Clinton and Katie McGinty in south Philadelphia today, Bernie Sanders called the Republican nominee a “spoiled brat,” adding that Trump’s sense of entitlement early on from his life has made him the person he is.
“I think you’ve got a spoiled brat. I think you’ve got a person who grew up very very wealthy who thinks that he is entitled to do anything that he wants.”
On Friday, the Washington Post released a video from 2005 in which Trump is heard bragging in vulgar terms about kissing and groping women to Billy Bush, then of Access Hollywood, while arriving on the set of Days of Our Lives to tape a segment about Trump’s cameo on the soap opera.
“You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful women — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait,” Trump can be heard saying at one point in the video.
“And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.…Grab them by the p**sy. You can do anything.”
(Warning: Video contains graphic language.)
The release of the video sent the GOP into a meltdown, with Republican leaders abandoning Trump by the dozens and plunging the party into deep crisis with less than a month to go before the election. As the New York Times reports, by Saturday evening, at least 36 Republican members of congress and governors disavowed his candidacy, a first instance in modern times when members of a party have deserted their own leader in such large numbers.
Some of those who disavowed Trump were Senator John McCain, Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, and South Dakota senator John Thune, among several other elected representatives of the Republican Party.
“But Donald Trump’s behavior this week, concluding with the disclosure of his demeaning comments about women and his boasts of sexual assaults, make it impossible to offer even conditional support for his candidacy … We will write in the name of some good conservative Republican who is qualified to be president,” McCain said.
Even Mike Pence, who attempts to defend Trump in the direst of situations, declined to appear on Trump’s behalf at a party gathering in Wisconsin, before adding that he “could not condone his remarks and could not defend them.”
The Republican meltdown forced Trump to issue an apology, in which he said that he has never pretended to be a “perfect person,” before going on to add that such videos were only a distraction from the core issues at hand, and closed his statement by accusing Hillary Clinton of “bullying, attacking, shaming and intimidating [Bill Clinton’s] victims.”
Here is my statement. pic.twitter.com/WAZiGoQqMQ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2016
But Bernie Sanders was quick to dismiss the comparison, however, adding that he would like to see Trump make an apology for his actions without deflecting for once in his life.
“I don’t believe that is A) true, B) second of all maybe for once in his life Trump might want to take responsibility for his own actions,” Sanders said.
Many observers believe that tonight’s debate at Washington University will present Donald Trump’s last chance of salvaging a campaign that threatens to collapse under its own weight a month before the general election.
Do you think the recent tape will be the final undoing of Trump’s campaign, or do you think the Republican nominee can make a strong comeback against Clinton?
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