Obama assails Trump for sexist remarks on 2005 video
'The guy says stuff that nobody would find tolerable If they were applying for a job at 7-Eleven,' Obama said during a rally for Hillary Clinton. Photograph: (Reuters)
United States President Barack Obama upbraided Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his derogatory remarks about women in a 2005 video that was made public by the Washington Post last week.
Obama said Trump's comments were so despicable that they would be intolerable even from somebody applying for a 7-Eleven job. (7-Eleven is a chain of convenience stores around the world.)
"The guy says stuff that nobody would find tolerable If they were applying for a job at 7-Eleven," Obama said during a rally for Hillary Clinton, Trump's rival for the presidential post.
In the 2005 video, Trump can be heard talking about trying to seduce— that might be a euphemism— a married woman and grabbing women by their genitalia.
"When you're a star they let you do it. You can do anything," he says in the tape.
The timing of the video, it was released barely a month before the US goes to the polls on November 8, has savaged Trump's prospects, as several Republican office-holders have withdrawn their support for him and publicly condemned him.
Trump has since apologised (watch video above) for his comments on the video but that has not been enough to assuage his detractors.
On Tuesday, Trump went on a kamikaze mission, bitterly attacking his partymen who have deserted him.
He was particularly critical of House speaker Paul Ryan, calling him "very weak" and "ineffective".
Our very weak and ineffective leader, Paul Ryan, had a bad conference call where his members went wild at his disloyalty.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2016
Nor did he spare senior party member and former Republican presidential candidate John McCain.
The very foul mouthed Sen. John McCain begged for my support during his primary (I gave, he won), then dropped me over locker room remarks!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2016