Trump’s Sexual Comments Dominate Second US Presidential Debate

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The controversy surrounding the obscene remarks made by Republican Presidential Nominee, Donald Trump, dominated the second part of the US presidential debate which held on Sunday.

A 2005 video recording released on Friday showed Trump bragging about groping women.

But when pressed on whether he had engaged in sexual misconduct with any woman, he denied doing so rather Trump tried to defend himself by launching a ferocious attack on Bill Clinton, former US President and husband of the Democratic Nominee, Hillary.

The former president has been accused of sexual misbehavior in the past.

Trump denied ever sexually assaulting women, but about ex-President Clinton he said, “There’s never been anybody in the history of politics that has been so abusive to women.”

No criminal charges have ever been brought against Clinton in any allegations of sexual assault.

Hillary Clinton refused to address his comments about her husband.

She rather said that the explosive video has shown who Trump really was.

“With prior Republican nominees, I disagreed with them,” she added, “but I never questioned their fitness to serve.

“I think it’s clear to anyone who heard (the video) that it represents exactly who he is.”

As the two contestants mounted the stage at the beginning of the debate, they did not shake hands, striking a bitter tone that would continue throughout.

Trump said if he became president, he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton and she would be in prison over her private email arrangements.

“Everything he just said is absolutely false but I’m not surprised,” she responded. “It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country.”

“Because you’d be in jail,” he interrupted.

Trump also accused his Democratic rival of having “tremendous hate in her heart” for referring to his supporters as “deplorables”.

Clinton said she apologised for the comment, adding that “My argument is not with his supporters, it’s with him, about the hateful and divisive campaign he has run.”

The two candidates also differed on the conflict in Syria, Russian aggression, Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns and his plan for the “extreme vetting” of immigrants arriving from countries with links to terrorism.

The evening concluded when an audience member asked the candidates to say one positive thing about each other.

Clinton said his children were a great reflection of him while Trump called his opponent “a fighter” who never gives up.






     

     

    An hour before the debate began, Trump addressed a press conference flanked by three women who had accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct. He described the women as “very courageous”.

    The Republican nominee has under immense pressure since the video was released on Friday.

    At least 33 senior Republicans – including senators, members of Congress, and state governors – have withdrawn their support since the video surfaced on Friday.

    Top on the list were former Republican nominee, John McCain, former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice and former California Governor and Hollywood Star, Arnold Schwarzneeger.

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