By Lindsay Kimble
October 09, 2016 09:28 PM
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Just minutes into the second presidential debate, Donald Trump was forced to face the backlash from newly revealed offensive comments about women he made on tape in 2005.

Trump stuck by his assertion that the remarks about grabbing women “by the p—-” were merely “locker room talk.”

“This was locker room talk. I’m not proud of it,” Trump, 70, said. “I apologize to my family. To the American people. Certainly I’m not proud of it. But this is locker room talk. When we have a world where you have ISIS chopping off heads, where you have [ISIS] frankly drowning people in steel cages, wars and horrible, horrible sights all over, so many bad things happening.”

He continued of the tape, “Yes, I’m very embarrassed by it. I hate it. But it’s locker room talk and it’s one of those things. I going to knock the hell out of ISIS. We’re going to defeat ISIS.”

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When pressed by moderator Anderson Cooper to answer directly if he kissed or groped women “without their consent,” Trump insisted, still dodging, “I have great respect for women … No one has more respect for women than I do. I said things, I was embarrassed.”

Finally, after additional prodding, he responded to Cooper’s line of questioning, stating simply, “No, I have not.”

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On the tape — which was published by The Washington Post on Friday — Trump discussed women with former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush, saying at one point, “I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”

In a taped apology released over the weekend, Trump said of the 2005 video, “I’ve said and done things I regret and the words released today on the more than decade-old video are one of them. Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong and I apologize.”

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The damage was done, however, and numerous major GOP players slammed the businessman, with some even rescinding their endorsement.

Clinton didn’t comment on the video until the debate, stating of Trump, “he has said that the video doesn’t represent who he is. But I think it’s clear to anyone who heard it that it represents exactly what he is. Because we’ve seen this throughout the campaign.”