In audio obtained by CNN of an appearance Friday on KIRO radio 97.3’s Dori Monson Show, Donald Trump Jr. stood by his father — who found himself in hot water after leaked audio of an unaired 2005 Access Hollywood filming had the 70-year-old businessman boasting about kissing women without consent and grabbing them by their genitals.
“Obviously he’s not happy about that, but I think we all probably know guys who have had conversations with guys who go a little bit in that direction,” Trump, Jr, 38, said. “That’s a fact of life.”
The eldest son of Trump went on to say those sorts of unfiltered comments are why voters should related to his father.
“I think he’s able to relate to ordinary Americans, because in many ways he is very much like that,” Trump, Jr. explained. “He does do that.”
He continued: “He hasn’t spent his whole life sitting there polishing every statement he’s ever made — every conversation he’s ever had. He doesn’t run a focus group so he can tell you what he’s thinking. He speaks from the heart.”
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Trump apologized for the comments in a taped video statement released hours after news of the 2005 videotape was released.
“I never said I’m a perfect person nor pretended to be someone that I’m not,” he said in the statement. “I’ve said and done things I regret… Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am.”
“I said it, I was wrong and I apologize,” he continued.
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Trump, Jr. told The Dori Monson Show that his father has learned from the release of the tapes.
“That was a mistake — he recognizes that, he realizes it,” Trump, Jr. said. “He’s able to make a mistake because he hasn’t spent his whole life just trying to be a politician.”
Monson — who is a fan of the GOP nominee — told Trump, Jr. that he’s still struggling with the comments made.
“I’m not asking you to explain away your dad, but I wrestle with that because I like your dad personally,” he said. “I’m the father of three daughters — who are all in their 20s — and if I heard somebody talking around my girls like we heard on the Access Hollywood [leaked tapes], it’d be done for me.”