Trump was caught on tape having a conversation, but it certainly was not “locker room” talk.
Last night, the Republican presidential nominee faced off against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in their second presidential debate.
And while there’s a boatload to comment on, many are responding to the GOP candidate’s dismissive remarks in response to allegations of sexual assault.
“It’s locker room talk, and it’s one of those things,” Trump said before moving on to another topic. “I will knock the hell out of ISIS.”
Trump’s response follows leaked video that captured him saying that because of his fame, he could “grab women by the p**sy.”
What ISIS has to do with such a vulgar statement has yet to compute for me.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2016
Needless to say, people—including professional athletes—were not here for Trump’s excuse, and took to social media to voice their opposition.
We’re now normalizing sexual assaulted, brushing ignorance off as locker room talk is very dangerous and encouraging boys to talk vulgar!
— Mr. Weeks (@MrDane1982) October 10, 2016
Every time you accept “It was locker room talk.” as an excuse, a #BrockTurner gets let out of prison.
— (((Julian Miller))) (@JulianMiller) October 10, 2016
Stop saying that bragging about sexual assault is “locker room talk” men shouldn’t be bragging about assault n locker rooms!!! #Debates2016
— ShiShi (@ShiShi_Rose) October 10, 2016
PSA: sexual advances without consent is NOT locker room talk.
— Kendall Marshall (@KButter5) October 10, 2016
@dahntay1 I guess we have no choice but to vote for Hillary, the woman who attacked all the victims of her serial rapist husband.
— Art Sartrus (@ArtSartrus) October 10, 2016
Since the scandal, Republicans have noticeably distanced themselves from Trump.
“I strongly urge his campaign to consider what’s best for the future of our country and our party, and step aside so that we can defeat Hillary Clinton,” House Speaker Kurt Daudt said.
According to political experts, stepping aside is likely the only way Trump could be replaced as the Republican nominee for President under the Republican National Committee’s Rule 9.