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Donald Trump's lewd comments on women: Celebrities, politicians react

The release of a 2005 video of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaking openly about groping women and trying to seduce a married woman sparked many reactions from politicians and celebrities.

Trump apologized for the comments in a video posted to his Facebook page, but that didn't stop many, including his running mate Mike Pence, from condemning his words.

Here's what some had to say about Trump's comments and his apology.

Joe Biden

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"The words are demeaning. Such behavior is an abuse of power. It's not lewd. It's sexual assault," Vice President Joe Biden wrote on Twitter.

Amber Tamblyn

In response to Trump's comments, Amber Tamblyn shared
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In response to Trump's comments, Amber Tamblyn shared a personal experience of a man violating her in a lengthy post on Facebook.

"That part of my body, which the current Presidential Nominee of the United States Donald Trump recently described as something he'd like to grab a woman by, was bruised from my ex-boyfriend's violence for at least the next week," Tamblyn wrote.

Melania Trump

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"The words my husband used are unacceptable and offensive to me," Melania Trump said in a statement released Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. "This does not represent the man that I know. He has the heart and mind of a leader. I hope people will accept his apology, as I have, and focus on the important issues facing our nation and the world. "

Nancy O'Dell

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"Politics aside, I'm saddened that these comments still exist in our society at all," Nancy O'Dell, one of the women whom Trump referred to in the recording, said in a statement. "When I heard the comments yesterday, it was disappointing to hear such objectification of women. The conversation needs to change because no female, no person, should be the subject of such crass comments, whether or not cameras are rolling. Everyone deserves respect no matter the setting or gender. As a woman who has worked very hard to establish her career, and as a mom, I feel I must speak out with the hope that as a society we will always strive to be better."

Paul Ryan

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"I am sickened by what I heard today," House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement Friday, Oct. 7, 2016. "Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified. I hope Mr. Trump treats this situation with the seriousness it deserves and works to demonstrate to the country that he has greater respect for women than this clip suggests."

Ryan also cancelled an appearance with Trump in Wisconsin on Saturday.

Hillary Clinton

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"This is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president," Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wrote on Twitter.

Sarah Silverman

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"If I wanted a president w a grab em by the p---y attitude, she'd have to be a woman," comedian Sarah Silverman tweeted.

Mike Pence

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"As a husband and father, I was offended by the words and actions described by Donald Trump in the 11-year-old video released yesterday," Trump's running mate Mike Pence said Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in a statement. "I do not condone his remarks and cannot defend them. I am grateful that he has expressed remorse and apologized to the American people. We pray for his family and look forward to the opportunity he has to show what is in his heart when he goes before the nation tomorrow night."

Lena Dunham

Actress Lena Dunham tweeted multiple times after the
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Actress Lena Dunham tweeted multiple times after the reports of Trump's quotes. "Every woman, cis or trans or gender nonconforming, knows what it is to lose control over their body. Every woman knows the shame and fear," she wrote.

"We need better lessons for our daughters. We need better lessons from our president," another tweet read.

Bill de Blasio, Chirlane McCray

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"In public, Donald Trump's a racist, misogynist and xenophobe. Now we know that in private he brags about sexually assaulting women," Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray said in a statement released Oct. 8, 2016. "He has proven himself a danger to our country and a stain on our democratic process. We must never forget the hate and misogyny he's brought us - nor those who have refused to condemn it."

Tim Kaine

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"This kind of behavior is disgusting. It makes me sick to my stomach," Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine tweeted.

Wil Wheaton

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"Trump apologists will try to say that bragging about sexual assault is 'just locker room talk.' It isn't. It's bragging about sexual assault," actor Wil Wheaten tweeted.

Rudy Giuliani

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"The fact is that men at times talk like that," former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani said on CNN on Oct. 9, 2016. "I am not justifying it. I believe it was wrong, I know he believes it was wrong."

John Kasich

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"I've long had concerns with Donald Trump that go beyond his temperament," Ohio Gov. John Kasich said in a statement. "We have substantive policy differences on conservative issues like trade, our relationship with Russia, and the importance of balancing the federal budget. I've held out hope that he would change on those disqualifying policy positions, but he has not. I've also encouraged him to change his behavior for the better and offer a positive, inclusive vision for our country, but he has not. It's clear that he hasn't changed and has no interest in doing so.

"As a result, Donald Trump is a man I cannot and should not support. The actions of the last day are disgusting, but that's not why I reached this decision, it has been an accumulation of his words and actions that many have been warning about. I will not vote for a nominee who has behaved in a manner that reflects so poorly on our country. Our country deserves better."

Arnold Schwarzenegger

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"For the first time since I became a citizen in 1983, I will not vote for the Republican candidate for president," former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote in a statement released Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. "As proud as I am to label myself a Republican, there is one label I hold above all else -- American. So I want to take a moment today to remind my fellow Republicans that it is not only acceptable to choose your country over your party -- it is your duty."

Kelly Ayotte

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"I wanted to be able to support my party's nominee, chosen by the people, because I feel strongly that we need a change in direction for our country. However, I'm a mom and an American first, and I cannot and will not support a candidate for president who brags about degrading and assaulting women," New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte said Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in a statement. "I will not be voting for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton and instead will be writing in Governor Pence for president on Election Day."

Andrew Cuomo

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"I think it was disgusting on a basic human level. And I think the Republican politicians in this state have to condemn the activity, condemn the verbiage - silence is acceptance and no New Yorker should accept what was said here," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on NY1 on Oct. 8, 2016.

Debra Messing

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"TRUMP AUDIO 'You can do anything to women if you're famous . . . I just grab her p**** ' Presidential?" actress Debra Messing wrote on Twitter.

John McCain

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"There are no excuses for Donald Trump's offensive and demeaning comments," Arizona Sen. John McCain, a Republican, said Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, in a statement. "No woman should ever be victimized by this kind of inappropriate behavior. He alone bears the burden of his conduct and alone should suffer the consequences."

In a second statement released later, McCain said he and his wife would not vote for Trump in the election. "Donald Trump's behavior this week, concluding with the disclosure of his demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults, make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy," he said.

Ben Carson

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"In no way do I condone Trumps behavior - in fact I condemn any form of disrespect towards women," Ben Carson wrote in an op-ed on Oct. 8, 2016. "Even though the incident happened ten years ago, well before Trump entered the political arena, this behavior is unacceptable, especially by someone who aspires to higher office. Trump did the right thing in immediately and unequivocally apologizing.

"I feel fairly certain that the progressives have had knowledge of this conversation for a long time and dropped it at this point in time in an effort to obscure the release of damaging information about Hillary Clinton and her desire for open borders."

Mark Ruffalo

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"Maybe our sense of decency for our wives, children, and female relatives will be enough to bring us together as a nation out of this fog," actor Mark Ruffalo tweeted.

Kirsten Gillibrand

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"This sort of sickening dialogue from @realDonaldTrump has no place in our society and certainly no place in the presidential race," New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, wrote on Twitter.

Marco Rubio

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"Donald's comments were vulgar, egregious & impossible to justify. No one should ever talk about any woman in those terms, even in private," Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted on Oct. 7, 2016.

Jeb Bush

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"As the grandfather of two precious girls, I find that no apology can excuse away Donald Trump's reprehensible comments degrading women," former Republican candidate Jeb Bush wrote on Twitter Friday, Oct. 7, 2016.


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Mitt Romney

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"Hitting on married women? Condoning assault? Such vile degradations demean our wives and daughters and corrupt America's face to the world," former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney tweeted.

Reince Priebus

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"No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever," chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus said Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, in a statement.

Adam Baldwin

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"You've defended Bill for much worse, @HillaryClinton," actor Adam Baldwin wrote in a tweet replying to Clinton's denouncement of Trump's comments.

Chelsea Handler

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"Any man who still supports DONALD trump has no respect for women. Hillary is training by having a drunk ape throw apples at her head," comedian Chelsea Handler tweeted.


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