Local Republican congressmen weigh in on Trump comments - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Local Republican congressmen weigh in on Trump comments

(Source: Arkansas GOP Events website) (Source: Arkansas GOP Events website)

A leaked 2005 videotape of Donald Trump's lewd comments concerning women was one of the first subjects of Sunday night's presidential debate.
In the video, Trump talked about his own sexual advances on a married woman and claimed that sort of behavior is allowed if you're a star.
These are comments he's publicly apologized for.

"I said it. I was wrong and I apologize," Trump said in a video to his supporters after the tape was released.

Those comments garnered a tweet from the Fifth Congressional District Representative, Republican Dr. John Fleming calling the comments "reprehensible."

The Republican Congressman for the Fifth Congressional District next-door, Dr. Ralph Abraham, said in a statement:
"Donald Trump's comments are offensive and indefensible. I would never want either of my daughters or granddaughters spoken about or treated in that way. He was right to apologize for his remarks but at this point should strongly consider his path forward."

Still, Fleming told KSLA his support for Trump is not wavering.

"For me, it's clearly Donald Trump that's the choice," he said.

Fleming said he won't withdraw his support of Trump because his opponent Hillary Clinton's actions involving the use of a private e-mail server while serving as Secretary of State are worse than Trump's words.

"Everybody knew going into this that Donald Trump was not an angel. He's not a Choir Boy," Fleming said. "However, as far as I know, he's never done anything criminal. We know that Hillary Clinton has."

Fleming said Clinton committed actions against women along with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, while they were in the White House.

"A number of notable things were lives were destroyed by their activities, anti-feminist and anti-women activities and certainly her policies are not good for America, so I continue to stand in support of Donald Trump as our nominee," he said.

Congressman Abraham also wrote that Clinton should not become president:

"Hillary Clinton has proven over her 30-year political career of destructive policies and poor judgment that she is unfit for the White house. She cannot be allowed to win the presidency."

Abraham also said he will still vote for Trump but ended his statement with this:

"....Mr. Trump should consider whether he needs to step aside and allow Governor Pence to lead our party to victory in November for the good of the country."

The deadline to register to vote in Louisiana is Tuesday, October 11.

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