Pence Says He Was "Offended" by Trump's Sexual Comments
Gov. Mike Pence on Saturday said he could not defend remarks made by his running mate, Donald Trump more than a decade ago that described sexually aggressive behavior toward women.
"As a husband and father, I was offended by the words and actions described by Donald Trump in the 11-year-old video released yesterday," Pence said in a statement.
"I do not condone his remarks and cannot defend them. 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."
PENCE CANCELS APPEARANCE IN WISCONSIN
Pence has decided not to attend a Wisconsin political event Saturday afternoon hosted by House Speaker Paul Ryan, according to CNN has learned. A campaign source told CNN "Wisconsin is off" for Pence. The source said the decision was made this morning. No reason was given by the source.
Ryan, who said he was "sickened" by Trump's comments, announced Friday night that the GOP presidential nominee would no longer attend a Republican event in Wisconsin at which the two were slated to appear on Saturday. Multiple sources told CNN that Trump was asked not to come by Ryan, and one source said the message was delivered via intermediaries. Trump's campaign had said Pence would represent him instead while the real estate magnate focuses on debate prep.
TRUMP APOLOGIZES FOR SEXUAL COMMENTS
On Friday afternoon, the Washington Post released video and audio that was recorded during a conversation with Billy Bush, who was host of “Access Hollywood” at the time. The comments are believed to have been recorded in Sept. 2005 when Trump was on the set of “Days of our Lives” to make a cameo appearance.
In the video, both Trump and Bush are on a large bus wearing microphones while a camera is waiting outside. In that audio, Trump talks about trying to seduce a married woman.
“I moved on her, and I failed. I’ll admit it,” Trump is heard saying.
“I did try and f*** her. She was married,” Trump says. “I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married,” Trump says. “Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony t*** and everything. She’s totally changed her look.”
Trump is heard saying, “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. And when you are star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p****. You can do anything.”
Trump said in a video statement that his 2005 comments, in which he bragged about trying to have sex with a married woman and being able to grope women, do not represent who he is. But, he said, "I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize."