Donald Trump Still Plans to Debate Hillary Clinton on Sunday
Donald Trump is facing unprecedented criticism following the revelation of his crude remarks about women in 2005 — but he’s still preparing to face Hillary Clinton at the second presidential debate on Sunday night.
In typical Trump fashion, he declined to give specifics on what he’s doing to get ready for the town hall-style debate at 9 p.m. Sunday at Washington University in St. Louis.
“I don’t like to get into that,” he told the Journal.
He added: “If you want to make America great again, vote for me. If you want four more years of Obama, the failed Obamacare, open borders and horrible trade deals, vote for Hillary.”
Journal reporter Monica Langley told CNN on Saturday that Trump also plans to make a speech Saturday night about the video to show that even though establishment Republicans are turning against him, he still has support from millions of voters.
Before the Washington Post leaked the footage of Trump’s hot-mic comments, pundits had been calling Sunday’s debate a must-win for the GOP nominee. Polls widely showed that most voters thought Clinton won the first debate. She has also opened up a wider lead in most polls in the two weeks since their first face-to-face showdown.
Trump has promised to come out more aggressively against Clinton in the second debate. In the first debate, Clinton hammered Trump on his refusal to release his tax returns as well as his past comments about women.
With the revelation of a New York Times report last weekend that Trump took a nearly $1 billion loss in 1995 that may have meant he didn’t pay income tax for 18 years, along with the new leaked footage, both issues are likely to remain front and center.
The new footage, from Access Hollywood in 2005, shows Trump speaking with host Billy Bush about how he tried to “f—” a married woman, later revealed to be Nancy O’Dell. He also said that because he’s a star, he can grab women by the “p—-.”
“When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything,” Trump said in the video.