JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Mississippi’s top Republican leaders are responding to Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump’s comments.
According to the Associated Press, “The political firestorm was sparked by a 2005 video obtained and released Friday by The Washington Post and NBC News. In the video, Trump, who was married to his current wife at the time, is heard describing attempts to have sex with a married woman. He also brags about women letting him kiss them and grab their genitals because he is famous.
“When you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything,” Trump says in the video. He adds seconds later: “Grab them by the p—-. You can do anything.” He said of his impulse to kiss beautiful women: “I don’t even wait.”
Trump has since apologized for the past remarks.
He followed that statement with the following tweet:
And later posted this as well.
WJTV obtained statements from Governor Phil Bryant and Treasurer Lynn Fitch
Donald Trump’s remarks are unacceptable. They do not square with the man I have gotten to know the past few months. He has done the right thing and apologized. -Governor Phil Bryant
Comments made by both candidates this election cycle cheapen this noble republic.
As a mother and as a women in public office, I take my job as a role model very seriously. We need to teach today’s girls to be tomorrow’s leaders. That means teaching them to believe that the ability to do great things is not determined by sex, but by your mind, your skills, and your commitment. This task is made more difficult when public figures make comments like these.
I choose to make this a teachable moment for Mississippi’s girls and for my male counterparts in public office. Women deserve respect. Those who put themselves in the public eye must demonstrate respect for women in everything they do.
Conservative principles of smaller government, fiscal responsibility, and personal freedom offer the right policy prescriptions for what ails America’s economy and for the threats to our national security from abroad. I will be voting for those conservative principles in November. – Treasurer Lynn Fitch
Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves made a comment on Twitter:
This comes just a day before the second presidential debate Sunday, October 9, 2016, in Saint Louis