Trump in soup over his lewd re­marks on women

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Yash­want Raj yash­want.raj@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Is this, fi­nally, the con­tro­versy that sends Don­ald Trump’s tur­bu­lent and contentious pres­i­den­tial cam­paign spi­ralling out of con­trol? A video in which the Repub­li­can Party nom­i­nee is heard to make lewd and sex­u­ally preda­tory com­ments about women has aroused wide­spread re­vul­sion in the United States, and prompted a num­ber of prom­i­nent mem­bers of his own party to de­mand that he step aside.

Trump re­sponded with a grudging apol­ogy that sat­is­fied none of his crit­ics, and in­di­cated he will step up his at­tacks on his ri­val, Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton, on the sor­did sex­ual his­tory of her hus­band, former pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton.

He apol­o­gised twice within the span of a few hours, say­ing in a video­taped mes­sage: “Any­one who knows me knows these words don’t re­flect who I am… I said it, I was wrong, and I apol­o­gise.” Trump re­fused to step aside, telling The Wall Street Journal on Satur­day there is “zero chance I’ll quit”.

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