During Sunday night's debate, Republican nominee Donald Trump doubled down on his defense that his predatory comments about women caught on a hot mic were "locker room talk."
In the 2005 Access Hollywood video, the then-59-year-old man said, "When you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything ... Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything."
The night the video was released, Trump's apology called the language "locker room" banter. And Sunday, he repeated it during the debate and on Twitter:
"I don't think you understood what this was - this was locker room talk. I'm not proud of it," he said. "I apologize to my family. I apologize to the American people. Certainly I'm not proud of it. But this is locker room talk."
Athletes, who spend a lot of time in actual locker rooms, have responded to Trump's defense.
As an athlete, I've been in locker rooms my entire adult life and uh, that's not locker room talk.- Sean Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) October 10, 2016
PSA: sexual advances without consent is NOT locker room talk.- Kendall Marshall (@KButter5) October 10, 2016
I'm offended as an athlete that @realDonaldTrump keeps using this "locker room talk" as an excuse.- Robbie Rogers (@robbierogers) October 10, 2016
"Grab them by the pussy" isn't talk from any locker room I've ever been in. It's a Ted Bundy quote. #debate2016- Coach (@CMPunk) October 10, 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
Please stop saying "locker room talk"- Jacob Tamme (@JacobTamme) October 10, 2016
Yes. That's not locker room talk. https://t.co/egzC03ooQA- Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) October 10, 2016
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