‘Locker Room Talk’: Trump’s Explanation for Vulgar Comments

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Donald Trump’s campaign has been reeling from the release of a 2005 video that revealed Trump speaking in lewd and demeaning terms about women with TV personality Billy Bush. In the recording, which was published by The Washington Post on Friday, the Republican candidate bragged he could kiss and grope women without their consent because he was a celebrity.

He said that “when you’re a star, they let you do it. They let you do anything.”

He then adds, “Grab them by the p—y. You can do anything.”

When Trump was pressed about the video during the second presidential debate on Sunday, he said he was “very embarrassed” by his comments, but also labeled it as “locker room talk.”

“This was locker room talk. I’m not proud of it. I apologized to my family. I apologized to the American people. Certainly I’m not proud of it. But this is locker room talk.”

Although Trump quickly pivoted the discussion to ISIS, many took offense that the GOP nominee dismissed his sexually aggressive comments as locker-room banter. Comments that would be enough to constitute sexual harassment in the workplace.

As Fortune points out, an average worker would be fired for making similar comments:

It includes behaviors like “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, direct or indirect threats or bribes for sexual activity, sexual innuendos and comments, sexually suggestive jokes, unwelcome touching or brushing against a person,” among others. These can be made by a manager, a colleague, or a third party, like a client or customer.

Trump’s comments fall into several of those categories.

The term “locker room talk” quickly gained traction on social media, with several professional athletes criticizing Trump’s comparison.

Jamal Crawford who plays for the Los Angeles Clippers posted on Twitter, “Locker room?”

“I haven’t heard that one in any locker rooms,” Portland Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum wrote in response to Crawford’s statement.

Jacob Tamme, a tight end with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons also took to Twitter saying, “Please stop staying ‘locker room talk.’ ”

Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Doolittle shared similar criticism.

Others, such as SEC Network analyst and retired NFL player Anthony “Booger” McFarland questioned the comparison.

Plenty of people outside of the sports industry also shared contempt over Trump’s comments.

The release of the 2005 video led to a fallout of major Republicans who publicly denounced and withdrew their support of the GOP nominee with some calling on Trump to quit the race.

Trump’s vulgar comments caused Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to disinvite him from an appearance they were scheduled to make together this weekend in Wisconsin.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who moderated Sunday’s debate, asked Trump if he ever treated women like he talked about on the tape.

“I have great respect for women,” the real estate mogul said. “Nobody has more respect for women than I do.”

Trump denied having touched or kissed women without their consent.

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  1. Oh please… men talk about women all the time. Any man who denies that is a LIAR! Guys begin lying and bragging about their sexual exploits when they are in the mid teens and continue throughout their entire lives, when they think no females are listening! It’s a male ego thing, kind of like a silver-back gorilla beating his chest.. Bachelor party organizers frequently hire strippers and/or prostitutes to “work” the party. In fact, some of our male politicians (in office) have been caught doing the exact same thing and charging it to their expense accounts that WE the taxpayers pay for!! But you pretend to be shocked by bragging comments from 11 years ago by Trump?? HYPOCRITES!

    Now let’s get to the women.. walk into any “hen party” and mention a sexy man like Sam Elliot, Dwayne Johnson, etc… and listen to the lewd comments coming from the women…singles, married, moms, and yes even grandmothers and great grandmothers… Adult birthday parties and bridal parties are well known for hiring male strippers.. of course we know you all turn your heads and look shocked right? NOT! You drool and fondle the poor guys with or without their permission. And you worry about a man commenting about women? SHAME on you!!

    The music people listen to and the movies and tv shows we watch are full of sexual comments, innuendoes, crude comments and violence against women… but a few comments from Mr. Trump are offensive?


    TRUMP~PENCE 2016. Because they may only be imperfect men.. but they are men who LOVE our country!

    • Omg so well said. Listen to all the crap that Jay Z and the other scumbag rockers put out about beating and screwing their hoes…killing animals…..killing cops.
      What a frigging joke on all of them…holier than now fools. Trump is the only one who can fix this country that Obama and Clinton have almost succeeded in destroying.

  2. you’re massive amount of failing never ceases to amaze… first, the remarks weren’t made at the workplace, they were made in a private trailer/camper/bus type of vehicle. second, the remarks were never made towards the target person in her presence. eg, this would amount of you being butthurted by overhearing a phone call saying that you ‘suck big cocks’ at whatever specific and menial task there is that you do at ‘work’; or any other fictitiously perceived wrongdoing. third, he obv meant high school locker rooms, duh1 fourth, if every instance of talking would lead to rape, then there obv would be a case every 5secs11 and i’m being generous111 this isn’t islamiland1111 so can ramerica be nowadays really this stupid; plz someone, prove me wrong already for gawd sakes11111