'He was channeling Bill Clinton:' Wash. GOP chair blames Democrats for Trump's comments
SEATTLE (KOMO) - Washington State Republican chairman Susan Hutchison is defending Donald Trump after the Washington Post released a new video on Friday, in which the GOP nominee is caught having a lewd conversation about women in 2005.
In an interview with KOMO News Radio on Friday evening, Hutchinson said the comments made 11 years ago were, "repulsive to her" and others, then blamed former President Bill Clinton and the Democratic party.
"He [Trump] was a Democrat at the time and he was channeling Bill Clinton," said Hutchinson. "The hypocrisy of Hillary Clinton to say, 'this man does not belong in the White House,' when her husband defined this behavior is just absurd."
KOMO Radio co-host Tom Glasgow asked Hutchinson why Trump's comments were not disqualifying, in addition to his comments about the former Miss Universe and other issues related to his opinion and treatment of women.
"All of this behavior occurred when he [Trump] was a Democrat," said Hutchison. "I'm saying that the man was Democrat at the time and that Bill Clinton defined this behavior."
KOMO Radio co-host Elisa Jaffe then asked Hutchison if she supported Donald Trump.
"Donald Trump is the selection of our voters and the Republican party, what happens from here, who knows," said Hutchison. "But what I'm saying is that Donald Trump said those comments when he was a Democrat and he is a Republican today."
Other Republican leaders around the country have condemned Trump's behavior and spoken out against the comments, including former Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
In a tweet, the former Massachusetts Governor called the comments, "vile degradations" that "demean our wives, daughters and corrupt America's face in the world."
House Speak Paul Ryan also uninvited Trump to a GOP event that was scheduled on Saturday in Wisconsin.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert also announced Friday he will not vote for Trump anymore in the wake of the vulgar remarks about women.
Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rogers of Spokane, the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress, also criticized Trump's remarks.
In a statement on Friday, she said, "it is never appropriate to condone unwanted sexual advances or violence against women. Mr. Trump must realize that it has no place in public or private conversations today or in the past."
Trump blurted out lewd and sexually charged comments about women as he waited with then-Access Hollywood host, Billy Bush, to make a cameo appearance on a soap opera in 2005.
In a statement released by his campaign on Friday, Trump said: "This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course — not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended."
Late Friday night, Trump released a video apology. Trump said, "I've said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than a decade-old video are one of them."