Republican voters slam party establishment’s criticism of Trump

Republican voters slam party establishment’s criticism of Trump

Washington, Oct 13 (IANS) A majority of the Republican voters have slammed the party establishment’s continued criticism of presidential nominee Donald Trump, according to a new poll.

The new Rasmussen Reports poll released on Wednesday showed that nearly six in 10 Republican voters believed it was bad for the party that leaders continued to criticise Trump, Xinhua news agency reported.

Meanwhile, the other half voters said that the party leaders do not want Trump to be elected president.

The poll came days after an 11-year-old audio clip surfaced in which Trump was recorded of using lewd and sexually aggressive comments about women.

During the audio clip, Trump made remarks about an unidentified married woman he hoped to have sex with, boasted about how easy it was to attract women with his celebrity status and even talked about groping women.

“When you’re a star, women let you do anything,” he was recorded as saying.

The New York billionaire later apologised for the “locker room banter” in the audio, but claimed that his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, “has said far worse to me on the golf course — not even close”.

However, Trump’s bid to shift the focus appeared to have failed as House Speaker Paul Ryan, the highest-ranking Republican official, and other party leaders, released statements blasting the real-estate magnate.

2 women say Trump touched them inappropriately

New York, Oct 13 (IANS) Two women have said that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump touched them inappropriately in the past, one of them on board an airplane three decades ago and the other in 2005 in Manhattan.

Jessica Leeds, 74, told The New York Times on Wednesday that over three decades ago the mogul, who was seated in first class beside her on a flight to New York, touched her breasts and tried to put his hand under her dress a few minutes after takeoff and without knowing her in advance.

“He was like an octopus,” she said, adding “His hands were everywhere.”

She fled to the back of the plane. “It was an assault”, Leeds said.

Leeds, a travelling businesswoman at the time of the alleged attack, said she had told at least four people about the incident, and they also spoke with The New York Times.

The second account came from Rachel Crooks, who was a 22-year-old receptionist at Bayrock Group, a real estate investment and development company in the Trump Tower in Manhattan, ran into Trump one morning outside an elevator.

She introduced herself to Trump, and they shook hands, but the mogul would not let go, she said. Then, he began kissing her cheeks and finally “kissed me directly on the mouth”.

“It didn’t feel like an accident, it felt like a violation,” she said.

“It was so inappropriate,” Crooks recalled, “I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that.”

After the incident, Crooks returned to her workplace and called her sister, Brianne Webb, in Ohio, to tell her what had just happened.

The New York Times said that Trump was informed about these two new claims but rejected them.

Leeds and Crooks have never publicly told their stories but their description of the incidents are similar to those of other women who have claimed that Trump kissed or touched them without their consent.

During the second presidential debate with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton on October 9, Trump denied sexually assaulting any women.

Last Friday, a 2005 videotape was made public on which Trump can be heard making lewd and sexist comments about women, including saying that he often kisses women he meets on the mouth.

“I just start kissing them,” Trump said on the videotape. “It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”

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