Trump, who was caught on tape bragging about sexual assault, defended himself both in an apology video and Sunday night at the presidential debate where he tried to diminish the crude comments made about “locker room banter.”
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In the resurfaced tape obtained by the Washington Post, Trump is heard stating, “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women]. I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”
“And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything,” Trump said. “Grab them by the p---y. You can do anything.”
Professional athletes, who spend quite a bit of time in locker rooms, beg to differ. Several current and former athletes have spoken out against the notion that sexual violence is somehow acceptable and condoned in locker rooms.
Claiming Trump's comments are "locker room banter" is to suggest they are somehow acceptable. They aren't.— Dahntay (@dahntay1) October 9, 2016
Just for reference. I work in a locker room (every day)... that is not locker room talk. Just so you know...— Chris Conley (@_flight17_) October 10, 2016
Have I been in every locker room? No. But the guys I know and respect don't talk like that. They talk about girls but not like that. Period.— Chris Conley (@_flight17_) October 10, 2016
All this heavy breathing seems more locker room-esque than anything #debate— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) October 10, 2016
4. Politics isn't sport.— John Amaechi OBE (@JohnAmaechi) October 10, 2016
The White House isn't a locker room.
Respecting women (et al.) seems a desperately low bar to fail in 2016.
"Locker room talk" 🙄— Donté Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) October 10, 2016
These male athletes are setting the record straight. Trump’s “locker room banter” isn’t a thing.