Local Pols react to Trump Comments

WNY Republicans React to Trump

WGRZ-TV (Buffalo, N.Y.) -- A 2005 conversation leaked of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump making lewd comments about women has sparked outrage since the recording was leaked Friday.

In it, you can hear Trump bragging about kissing, groping, and trying to seduce women.

Trump did apologize for the language used in the video, and said, in part, "This was locker-room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course... not even close."

He went on to say he apologizes for offending people.

Congressman Chris Collins, who declined an on camera interview with Channel 2, released the following statement:

“The comments made by Mr. Trump were disappointing, and frankly unacceptable. There is no room in our society for comments like these.  Mr. Trump has since apologized for his actions. There is no change in my support of Mr. Trump as our nominee because he remains the only candidate who will bring back our jobs, secure our borders and stand up to our enemies.”

Collins was the first member of the House to support Trump as the Republican nominee.

Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed also issued a statement, which says the following:

"Women are never to be talked about this way. As someone with eight older sisters, a wife and daughter I care deeply about, it is disappointing and offensive to hear these words. It is not right and these comments must be called out for what they are, just wrong."

Carl Paladino, the Buffalo School Board member who also serves as the honorary co-chair of Trump's campaign in New York, declined to comment when contacted by 2 On Your Side. However, he told a Washington Post reporter that Trump's "gutter talk" is something "all men do, at least all normal men do."

Democrats are also taking this opportunity as another chance to say that Trump is "unfit" to be President.

Jeremy Zellner, Chairman of the Erie County Democratic Committee, said, "Trump's comments that came to light today were just the latest horrific example of a person who is unfit for not only the Presidency of the United States but for any public office.  I am calling on his supporters to denounce these comments and rethink their support of his candidacy."

In a series of tweets, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, had this to say Saturday:

"This isn't about Democrats or Republicans. This is about decent versus indecent. Trump's comments were disgusting on a basic human level. the women's rights movement started in the state, and we've made the same statement for 100 years; we will not tolerate racism, sexism. This is intolerable, inexcusable. We respect women. This is the capital of women's rights. NY is proud to stand together to condemn this. Let's let our children know we condemn it. Let the young men know that's not how you talk about women, it's not okay, it won't be sanctioned."

 


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