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After facing criticism on Saturday from a host of Republican leaders over past lewd comments about women that surfaced on Friday from a leaked Washington Post 2005 video, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump insists that he isn’t dropping out of the presidential race and later attempted to smear Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for protecting Bill Clinton over a woman who accused him of rape in 1999 two decades earlier.
On Saturday Trump retweeted a tweet from Juanita Broaddrick, who tweeted that Hillary calls Trump’s remarks “horrific” while she lives with and protects a “rapist.”
In 1999 Broaddrick accused Bill Clinton of raping her back in 1978.
Hillary calls Trump's remarks "horrific" while she lives with and protects a "Rapist". Her actions are horrific.
— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) October 8, 2016
In Trump’s rare apology statement, he tried to turn the tables on Hillary Clinton and said that Bill Clinton has “actually abused women” while Hillary bullied, attacked, shamed, and intimidated his victims.
Trump wrote, “will discuss in coming days.”
Bill Clinton has never been arrested or received any criminal charges for rape towards Broaddrick.
Trump’s claims are based solely on allegations of rape which carries much less weight than criminal charges.
With the 2nd presidential debate less than 24 hours away in St. Louis, Hillary Clinton has fresh ammunition at her disposal to use against Trump whose character has come under fire over a series of crude and disparaging recorded comments he made in 2005 about women, including his failed efforts to seduce a married Nancy O’Dell, co-host from Access Hollywood while he was married to his wife Melania Trump.
Trump also spoke about grabbing women by the “pussy” and admitted that “when you’re a star, they let you do it.”
O’Dell wrote a statement on Saturday and admitted it was disappointing to hear such objectification of women.
On Saturday CNN uncovered some new tapes of the Howard Stern Show that featured Trump as a guest on the radio show.
During a October 2006 interview, Trump gave Howard Stern permission to call his daughter Ivanka “a piece of ass” and boasted in other interviews that he engaged in three-somes with 3 women, barged in on nude Miss Universe contestants in their dressing room, and “couldn’t care less” if he satisfies the women he sleeps with.
Trump has been accused of being misogynistic in the past and made degrading comments about the weight gain of a former Miss Universe winner, the physical appearance of former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, and criticized Fox Host Megyn Kelly, and former View host Rosie O’Donnell.
Carly Fiorina said on Saturday that Trump should step aside as a presidential nominee.
Fiorina has joined a growing list of prominent Republicans including Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, and Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, South Dakota Senator John Thune, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, and Utah Senator Mike Lee who have made similar appeals for Trump to withdraw his presidential candidacy.
During the campaign season, Trump has struggled to gain popularity with women and draws his largest support from white males with little to no college education.
The recent controversies related to the Washington Post video on Friday and CNN audio tapes of earlier interviews with Howard Stern released on Saturday won’t help Trump’s chances to repair his negative image with woman and other swing voters.
According to the latest Real Clear Politics average of election polls taken from 9/28- 10/17, Clinton has increased her lead over Republican challenger Donald Trump to + 4.6 percent.
Clinton has 47.5 percent to Trump’s 42.9 percent.
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