Hours before the second presidential debate on Sunday, (Oct. 9) Rudy Giuliani attempted to defend Donald Trump in light of his lewd comments about women unearthed in a newly released video from 2005. While the former New York City mayor condemned Trump’s disrespectful speech, he also in the same breath made allowances for them.
“They’re remarks you certainly don’t want to hear from anyone, much less a presidential candidate,” Giuliani said. “But the fact is that men at times talk like that.”
On Friday, (Oct. 7) The Washington Post released a video of Trump and Billy Bush who then worked for Access Hollywood. In the clip, Trump brags about being able to kiss, grope and have sex with women and get away with his conduct because of his celebrity status. Bush is also heard on the tape laughing along as Trump say he wants to “grab them by the p***y.” Many have called for Trump to withdraw from the presidential race as his latest controversy has placed the Republican party in chaos. However, Giuliani remains a staunch supporter of the 70 year old.
“First of all, I don’t know that he did it to anyone. This is talk, and gosh almighty, he who hasn’t sinned, throw the first stone here,” Giuliani said Sunday to CNN’s Jake Tapper.
Tapper however, wasn’t buying Giuliani’s bible reference.
“I have never said that; I have never done that. I am happy to throw a stone. I have been in locker rooms. I have been a member of a fraternity. I have never heard any man, ever, brag about being able to maul women because they get away with it — never.”
Since Trump’s damming comments have been made public, many high-profile Republicans have distanced themselves from the tumultuous candidate including Sen. John McCain. In a statement, McCain in so many words asked for Trump’s withdrawal.
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“As I said yesterday, there are no excuses for Donald Trump’s offensive and demeaning comments in the just released video; no woman should ever be victimized by this kind of inappropriate behavior. He alone bears the burden of his conduct and alone should suffer the consequences,” McCain said.
However, in a separate interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Giuliani agreed what Trump boasted about is sexual assault, but tried to his best to water it down.
“That’s what he’s talking about. You know, whether it happened or not, I don’t know, and how much exaggeration was involved in that, I don’t know,” Giuliani said. “I do know there’s a tendency on the part of some men at different times to exaggerate things like this, and I’m not in any way trying to excuse it or condone it. There is no excuse or answer for it other than, ‘I’m very sorry and I wish I hadn’t done it. And I’m not like that anymore.'”