Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Tuesday that women have told him they have heard remarks much worse than those he made in the recently unearthed 2005 taping of “Access Hollywood.”
“I’ve had a lot of women come up to me and say, ‘Boy, I’ve heard that, and I’ve heard a lot worse than that over my life,'” Trump said in an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly.
He also said he did not believe the polls that found him losing ground with women, saying women want “secure borders,” “safety,” and “law and order.”
“And if that’s why I’m going to lose an election to get rid of ISIS and to create strong borders and rebuild our military and do all the things we’re going to do … If that’s what it’s going to take to lose an election, that would be pretty sad,” Trump said.
Trump continued his daylong rant against fellow Republicans after many withdrew their support over the video released by The Washington Post last Friday that showed him bragging about sexually assaulting women.
The real estate mogul singled out House Speaker Paul D. Ryan after the Wisconsin Republican told House GOP lawmakers to go with their conscience on Trump but that he would not campaign for or defend him, Fox News reported.
“I wouldn’t want to be in a foxhole with a lot of these people, including Ryan,” Trump said. “Especially Ryan.”
Trump tweeted earlier Tuesday about the lack of support from his party, and the withdrawal of endorsements.
“It is so nice the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to,” he said in a tweet.
“Paul Ryan should spend more time on balancing the budget, jobs and illegal immigration and not waste his time on fighting Republican nominee,” Trump continued.
Ryan and Trump have a contentious relationship, and they both delayed expressing their support for one another in their respective presidential and House races.
Ryan finally endorsed Trump in June, and Trump endorsed Ryan in August, only days before his congressional primary.