GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. – Congressman Mark Walker said he is “deeply troubled by the vile comments” that Donald Trump made about women in 2005.
Walker, who represents North Carolina’s 6th congressional district, which includes portions of Guilford and Alamance counties, released the following statement about the controversial comments.
“I am deeply troubled by the vile comments made by Donald Trump in 2005 and as the proud father of two daughters and the husband to the greatest lady I’ve ever met, it would be hypocritical of me to ignore these remarks.
“Mr. Trump’s attempt to dismiss his past behavior as ‘locker room banter’ or comparisons to Bill Clinton’s indiscretions, is no excuse for such language. As a pastor for nearly twenty years, my hope is that Mr. Trump has experienced genuine heart change over the last decade. America deserves better.”
Trump bragged about trying to have sex with a married woman and being able to grope women in previously unaired footage from 2005 that surfaced on Friday.
Trump is heard discussing women in vulgar terms during off-camera banter during the taping of a segment for “Access Hollywood,” footage which was obtained by The Washington Post.
During the lewd conversation captured by a microphone Trump was wearing on his lapel, Trump recounts how he tried to “f***” an unidentified married woman before bragging that he is “automatically attracted to beautiful (women)” and just starts “kissing them.” The conversation came just months after Trump married his third and current wife, Melania.
He also said: “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab them by the p****. You can do anything.”
Early Saturday morning, Trump released a statement following the release of a video.
“I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not,” Trump said in the video. “I have 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 apologize.”