"One of the most disturbing things about this election is just the unbelievable rhetoric coming at the top of the Republican ticket," he said at a campaign event in Chicago.

By Alexia Fernández
Updated October 10, 2016 08:49 AM
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President Barack Obama harshly denounced Donald Trump on Sunday, calling the Republican nominee “insecure” after the revelation of a tape showed Trump talking about grabbing women’s genitals and making derogatory comments about women’s bodies.

“One of the most disturbing things about this election is just the unbelievable rhetoric coming at the top of the Republican ticket,” the president said at a Democratic campaign event in Chicago. “I don’t need to repeat it. There are children in the room. But demeaning women, degrading women, but also minorities, immigrants, people of other faiths, mocking the disabled, insulting our troops, insulting our veterans.”

“That tells you a couple of things,” he continued. “It tells you he is insecure enough that he pumps himself up by putting other people down. Not a character trait that I would advise for somebody in the Oval Office.”

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Obama also said Trump’s behavior throughout his presidential campaign and in previous years shows that “he doesn’t care much about the basic values that we try to impart to our kids.”

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“It tells you he’d be careless with the civility and the respect that a real, vibrant democracy requires,” Obama said.

On Friday, Trump was caught on tape making lewd comments about women while preparing for a segment on Access Hollywood with then-cohost Billy Bush in 2005. Amongst other things, Trump — who had recently married his current wife Melania Trump — talked about grabbing women “by the p—-” and getting away with because he’s a “star” and revealing that he unsuccessfully tried to sleep with a married woman, Nancy O’Dell.

Trump and Bush have since apologized for their remarks but top GOP leaders have begun abandoning the Republican nominee, calling for him to step down.