Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton returned to the campaign trail Monday following their feisty second presidential debate, and continued to launch attacks on each other in the wake of the leaked tape that has prompted significant turmoil within the GOP.
Clinton addressed the raucous nature of the debate almost immediately during a rally at Wayne State University in Detroit, telling the 4,000 supporters in attendance “you never saw anything like that before,” per ABC News.
The Democratic candidate declared that her opponent continued minimize the significance of a 2005 recording of Trump making lewd comments about groping women by calling it “locker room talk” instead of admitting he was wrong and expressing contrition.
“Donald Trump spent his time attacking when he should have been apologizing,” she said.
She added, “I will tell you what, women and men across America know that is just a really weak excuse for behaving badly and mistreating people.”
And Clinton, 68, said women aren’t the only ones to whom Trump owes an apology, as he’s also put down African Americans, Latinos, people with disabilities, Muslims and more.
The Democratic nominee also harped on Trump for continuing to refuse to release his tax returns and proposing tax plans that would benefit the extremely wealthy.
Meanwhile on Monday, Trump warned that he will continue to attack the Clintons if further damning recordings emerge.
“If they want to release more tapes saying inappropriate things, we’ll continue to talk about Bill and Hillary Clinton doing inappropriate things. There’s so many of them, folks,” he told supporters at a campaign event in Pennsylvania, per CNN.
Trump said that he’s not “proud of everything I’ve done in life,” but he quickly moved on to the marital indiscretions of Clinton’s husband.
“Bill Clinton sexually assaulted innocent women and Hillary Clinton attacked those women viciously,” he said.
The candidates’ comments came the same day House Speaker Paul Ryan said he “won’t defend” Trump, and advised Republican lawmakers to “do what’s best for you” in regard to supporting their party’s presidential nominee, joining the large number of Republicans who have spoken out against Trump in the wake of the 2005 recording.
The GOP candidate took to Twitter Monday afternoon to respond to Ryan’s comments.
“Paul Ryan should spend more time on balancing the budget, jobs and illegal immigration and not waste his time on fighting Republican nominee,” he wrote.