Hillary Clinton Responds to Donald Trump's Leaked Tape at Second Debate
“I don’t think you understood what was said. This was locker room talk. I’m not proud of it. I apologized to my family,” Donald said. I apologized to the American people. Certainly I’m not proud of it, but this is locker room talk. You know what we have a world where you have ISIS chopping off heads, where you have men frankly drowning people in steel cages, where you have wars and horrible, horrible sites all over where you have so many bad things happening, this is like medieval times, we haven’t seen anything like this — the carnage all over the world — and they look and they see. Can you imagine the people that are frankly doing so well against us with ISIS and they look at our country and they see what’s going on. Yes, I’m very embarrassed by it. I hate it. But it’s locker room talk and it’s one of those things. I will knock the hell out of ISIS, we’re going to defeat ISIS. ISIS happened a number of years ago in a vacuum that was left because of bad judgment and I will tell you I will take care of ISIS. I have great respect for women. Nobody has more respect for women that I do.”
“And I will tell you, no I have not,” Donald said when asked if he had ever sexually assaulted a woman as he described in the leaked audio. “And I will tell you that I’m going to make our country safe we’re going to have borders in our country which we don’t have now. People are pouring into our country and they are coming in from the Middle East and other places. We’re going to make America safe again. We’re going to make America great again but we’re going to make America safe again. And we’re going to make America wealthy again because if you don’t do that it just it sounds harsh to say, but we have to build up the wealth of American people.”
Hillary Clinton responded with an eloquent answer.
“Well, like everyone else I spent a lot of time thinking over the last forty eight hours about what we heard and saw. You know, with prior Republican nominees for president, I disagreed with them — on politics, policies, and principles, but I never questioned their fitness to serve. Donald Trump is different. I said starting back in June that he was not fit to be president and commander-in-chief,” she said.
“And many Republicans and independents have said the same thing. What we all saw and heard on Friday was Donald talking about women what he thinks about women, what he does to women, and he has said that the video doesn’t represent who he is. But I think it’s clear to anyone who heard it that it represents exactly who he is. Because we’ve seen this throughout the campaign. We have seen him insult women. We’ve seen him rate women on their appearance, ranking them from one to ten. We’ve seen him embarrass woman on TV and on Twitter. We saw him after the first debate spend nearly a week denigrating a former Miss Universe in the harshest, most personal terms,” Secretary Clinton said.
“So yes, this is who Donald Trump is. But it’s not only women and it’s not only this video that raises questions about his fitness to be our president. Because he has also targeted immigrants, African Americans, Latinos, people with disabilities, POWs, Muslims, and so many others. So this is who Donald Trump is and the question for us, the question our country must answer, is that this is not who we are. That’s why, to go back to your question, I want to send a message — we all should — to every boy and girl and indeed to the entire world, that America already is great, but we are great because we are good. And we will respect one another and we will work with one another and we will celebrate our diversity. These are very important values to me because this is the America that I know and love. And I can pledge to you tonight that this is the America that I will serve if I’m so fortunate enough to become your president,” Secretary Clinton added.
“It’s just words folks. Those words I’ve been hearing them for many years,” Donald added.