President Barack Obama has described Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump as an “insecure” man who “pumps himself up” by putting other people down.
Obama was reacting to lewd comments Trump made in 2005, when he was caught on camera boasting how he can grope women by the genitals because he is a “star.” A video of those comments was released by the Washington Post on Friday
Campaigning for Illinois Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth on Sunday, Obama said such words coming from the Republican presidential nominee shows he would be “careless with the civility and respect” that a vibrant democracy requires.
Even with polls showing Trump trailing Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Obama said too much is at stake to take anything for granted and stressed the importance for people to work hard and get out to vote on November 8.
Trump said he was “not proud” of what he said in the video and downplayed them as “locker room talk.” He had earlier apologized for his remarks and dismissed suggestions from some Republicans that he step aside in favor of his vice-presidential running mate Mike Pence.
“Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize. “I pledge to be a better man tomorrow and will never ever let you down.”