Updated with details throughout: “Like everyone else I spent a lot of time thinking over the last 48 hours what we heard and saw,” Dem presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said at the top of the second presidential debate, when asked about the audio/video tape WaPo released Friday in which Trump made lewd, sexually predatory comments about women in a 2005 conversation with Billy Bush.
“With prior Republican nominees for president, I disagreed with them” on policies and principals, she said. “But I never questioned their fitness to serve. Donald Trump is different.”
“We all saw and heard on Friday what Donald was talking about women, what he thinks about women, what he does to women. He has said that the video doesn’t represent who he is. But I think it’s clear to anyone who heard it, it represents exactly who he is, because we’ve seen this throughout the campaign,” Clinton said.
“We have seen him insult women. We have seen him rate women on their appearance, ranking them from 1 to 10. We have seen him embarrass women on TV and on Twitter. We saw him, after the first debate, spend a week denigrating a former Miss Universe in the harshest, most personal terms.
“Yes, this is who Donald Trump is.”
Clinton went on to recount other people she said Trump has targeted during the campaign, including a gold star family, a federal judge, a physically challenged reporter, Mexican immigrants, Muslims, and others. “This is who Donald Trump is…This is not who we are.”
More Republican politicians have withdrawn their support of Donald Trump, including Arizona Sen. John McCain, since Friday’s release of an audio/video tape in which Trump making lewd, sexually predatory comment about women in a 2005 conversation with then Acccess Hollywood host Billy Bush.
This afternoon, NBC suspended Bush, who was named one of the hosts of NBC News’ Today show just this past May.
Before the debate, President Barack Obama weighed in on Trump’s lewd comments, saying, “It tells you he is insecure enough that he pumps himself up by putting other people down. Not a character trait that I would advise for somebody in the Oval Office,” Obama said while campaigning for Clinton.