Idaho Democratic, Republican parties react to debate, released Trump audio

Posted at 5:52 PM, Oct 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-10 19:55:08-04

Millions of people tuned into the presidential debate Sunday night, and one of the hot topics in the spotlight: a recently released tape from 2005 where Donald Trump is heard talking on a hot mic about groping women without their consent.

In the recording, Trump jokes with then host of Access Hollywood Billy Bush about his ability to use his star power to kiss women and "grab them by the *****."

Trump made his second public apology for the comments at Sunday's debate, and the executive director for the Idaho Republican Party, David Johnston, thinks Trump came out a winner.

"He accomplished what he needed to which was to get past what was obviously an uncomfortable position. No one is defending those comments in that video, not the republican party, not even Mr. Trump or his family or anybody else in the campaign," Johnston said. "He's remorseful for those, he has apologized for them and he owns that was a terrible mistake on his part and they were horrendous comments. He's owned that and he's apologized for it and now we're moving on."

Idaho Republican Party communication director Dean Ferguson says the office saw an influx in the amount of people wanting to volunteer to campaign for Hillary in Idaho after the tape was released Friday.

"There are a lot of people who are very disappointed in Donald Trump as a candidate for president and that's of no surprise to anyone because you can look nationally at all the high ranking republican elected officials who are running away from him as fast as they can run," Ferguson said.

Among the dozens of current and former GOP politicians who have withdrawn their support for Trump, include Idaho Senator Mike Crapo who said Trump should step aside.

The next debate will be on October 19.