On Sunday, professional athletes slammed Donald Trump for repeatedly comparing his vulgar comments about sexual assault to “locker room talk.”
As the second presidential debate unfolded, moderator Anderson Cooper drilled Trump for Friday’s leaked 2005 tape in which the GOP candidate can be heard saying debasing things about women.
In the tape, Trump said he was hitting on a married woman “like a b**ch” and grabbing women “by the p**sy.”
During the debate, Trump defended himself for these statements multiple times, saying his sexually offensive remarks were excusable and “just words, folks.” The Republican candidate stated, “It’s locker room talk, and it’s one of those things.” He passed off the statements as though the topic of sexual harassment is just ordinary banter among men.
Chalking it up to how men stereotypically talk in a gym locker room, Trump cavalierly played off his hurtful remarks as if they weren’t misogynistic.
Following Trump's dismissive remarks, many outspoken pro athletes — both men and women — chimed in on social media, sharing their personal experiences, Huffington Post reported.
They spoke out against Trump, pointing out the fact that “locker room talk” doesn’t involve the degrading way the GOP nominee talks about women.
Oakland Athletics baseball pitcher Sean Doolittle wrote, “As an athlete I’ve been in locker rooms my entire adult life and uh, that’s not locker room talk.”
As an athlete, I've been in locker rooms my entire adult life and uh, that's not locker room talk.— Sean Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) October 10, 2016
Kendall Marshall, a basketball player for Utah Jazz, said, “PSA: sexual advances without consent is NOT locker room talk.”
PSA: sexual advances without consent is NOT locker room talk.— Kendall Marshall (@KButter5) October 10, 2016
Tennis champion Martina Navratilova said, “Locker room talk? Not on your life – this was Trump exactly how he is. Authentic. Obnoxious. Criminal. Etc…”
Locker room talk? Not on your life- this was Trump exactly how he is. Authentic. Obnoxious. Criminal. Etc....— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) October 9, 2016
An Atlantic Falcons football player, Jacob Tamme, tweeted, “Please stop saying ‘locker room talk” and “It’s not normal. And even if it were normal, it’s not right.”
Please stop saying "locker room talk"— Jacob Tamme (@JacobTamme) October 10, 2016
It's not normal. And even if it were normal, it's not right. https://t.co/RQUWJJBSTn— Jacob Tamme (@JacobTamme) October 10, 2016
In light of Trump’s scandals with women, including his own daughters, for him to deem “locker room talk” as a justification to pass off sexist retorts simply isn’t tolerable. Moreover, politics isn’t a sport, so why did he think he could get by with such an out-of-context comparison anyhow?
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