United States President Barack Obama on Tuesday said Donald Trump’s remarks about women in the recently released 2005 videotape would disqualify the Republican presidential candidate from even a job at a convenience store.
Addressing a campaign rally in Greensboro, North Carolina, for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, President Obama said the choice was clear in the November 8 election even before the tape was leaked last week showing Trump speaking crudely about women.
During the event, Obama said, “Now you find a situation in which the guy says stuff that nobody would find tolerable if they were applying for a job at 7-Eleven.”
Defending himself, Trump said during Sunday night’s second presidential debate that he was embarrassed by the video, but dismissed it as “locker room talk”.
Trump on Saturday apologised for a video recorded in 2005 and released by a news daily, wherein he brags about using his name and fame to get intimate with women.
Following the release of the 2005 recording, the Republican presidential nominee initially said he was sorry “if anyone was offended” over what he called “locker room banter”.
However, in the face of a fierce backlash, Trump issued a more forthright video apology, in which he said: “I’ve said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than a decade-old video are one of them.”
“Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong and I apologise,” Trump said. “I pledge to be a better man tomorrow and will never, ever let you down,” he added.
The US President criticised some Republicans who have condemned the remarks but are still backing the New York businessman.
“The fact that now you’ve got people saying: ‘We strongly disagree, we really disapprove … but we’re still endorsing him.’ They still think he should be the President, that doesn’t make sense to me,” Obama said.
Earlier on Tuesday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest condemned the “repugnant remarks” in the recording, saying those actions would constitute sexual assault.
“The President found the tape as repugnant as most Americans did,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.
“There has been a pretty clear statement by people all along the ideological spectrum that those statements consisted sexual assault,” Earnest said.
“That’s why many people I believe have concluded that those statements are worthy of sharp condemnation,” Earnest said.
Earnest said the turmoil in the Republican Party isn’t surprising. He said Republicans have spent more than seven years prioritising opposition to Mr Obama over facts or true conservative principles. “You reap what you sow,” he told reporters on Air Force One.