A controversial hot mic recording of a vulgar 2005 conversation involving now Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was released on Friday, leading to a rare apology from the candidate.
Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, who cancelled many of her interviews over the weekend, appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Monday to discuss how Trump may or may not have messaged female voters who watched the second debate Sunday night.
Conway said that Trump focused, in a broad sense, on women’s safety and prosperity. She said that Clinton would be a continuation of “more of the same,” asking of Clinton’s 30-year political record:
Why are millions and millions of women lacking in health insurance? In poverty? And yet she’s been there all this time. Secondly, people don’t feel as safely as they did eight years ago. And if you don’t feel as safe as you did eight years ago, if you’re worried about safety and prosperity, [Trump] made a very compelling case last night.
Conway also argued that Trump held Clinton accountable during the debate and criticized Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” comment.
“I have faith in women,” Conway finished. “I know they’re savvy consumers and can see the difference in these two people last night.”
Another series of audio clips, focusing on various interviews between Trump and radio shock jock Howard Stern, have also been released. The candidate spoke vividly on his sexual activities, including infidelity, as well as his fascination with his daughter Ivanka.
Several Republican politicians retracted their endorsements, called for Trump to drop out, or refused to defend his comments (including his own vice presidential pick) after they resurfaced. Even campaign surrogate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said that Trump was describing sexual assault.
The Hill compiled a thorough list of the Republicans who have pulled their support or asked Trump to step aside.