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Trump: 'Carnage all over the world' more important than 'locker room talk'

Trump: This is locker room talk

Donald Trump on Sunday night denied he had ever acted on his 2005 comments leaked over the weekend, in which he joked about aggressively touching women without their consent.

"I have great respect for women. No one has more respect for women than I do," Trump said at the second presidential debate in St. Louis.

Trump said his words were irrelevant in a "medieval" age where the terror group ISIS is committing atrocities. When asked if he felt his remarks described sexual assault, as many public officials said, he contended it was "locker room talk."

Trump has taken an aggressive tone since the release of the tape, which prompted almost universal criticism and led many Republican lawmakers to rescind their support for him. He emphatically tweeted that he would not drop out of the race as some called for him to do so.

Trump said he was "not proud of" those comments.

Clinton said the remarks in the video represent "exactly who he is."

Donald Trump responds to questions during the town hall debate at Washington University on October 9, 2016 in St Louis.
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