The rebuke of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s unbelievably vulgar comments, which were captured via a secret recording made in 2005 where he bragged about cheating on his wife and grabbing women “by the pus*y”, has been swift and pointed. Numerous high-profile Republicans have lined up to voice their disgust and disapproval of Trump, including former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Romney, who was defeated by President Barack Obama in a landslide victory in 2012, previously said in June, “It’s a matter of personal conscience.” that he would not vote for Trump. After word broke of Trump’s deplorable comments Romney took to Twitter to air his disapproval and said:
Hitting on married women? Condoning assault? Such vile degradations demean our wives and daughters and corrupt America’s face to the world.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) October 8, 2016
Romney was not alone in his shock that Trump would stoop so low, and he was joined by the Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, who also admonished Trump’s lowly comments:
No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever.
Trump’s former Republican presidential primary nemesis, Fmr. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, joined the chorus line to share his own rebuke on Twitter:
As the grandfather of two precious girls, I find that no apology can excuse away Donald Trump’s reprehensible comments degrading women.
Even Trump’s own running mate, Mike Pence, ran from reporters after they attempted to question him about the comments by saying “We’re not doing this.”
The Trump campaign has attempted to spin his comments as mere “locker room banter.” While Trump has built his campaign on offering simple explanations for complex problems, this simple explanation is not cutting the mustard, nor will it buy him a free pass. Members of the public are rightfully outraged at how brazen Trump was in describing how he would attempt to have sex with married women, while he himself was newly married to Melania Trump.
Lou Colagiovanni is an investigative journalist living in Las Vegas who specializes in politics and crime. His work has been highlighted all over the world and he is regularly featured on television and radio.