While the subject of Donald Trump’s history of comments regarding women has been a topic at all three presidential debates, attendees of his rally Thursday did not believe they were anything to worry about.
On Oct. 7, just days before the second presidential debate, an video was released of Trump speaking to Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush about women. In the video Trump says, “I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it.” as well as saying he could get away with grabbing them.
The video was brought up again at the third presidential debate Wednesday night after the Trump campaign dismissed the comments as “locker-room talk.”
Trump supporters who attended his rally at the Delaware County Fairgrounds Thursday agreed.
“Those were words 11 years ago,” said Vicki Watson, of Marysville. “We are not voting for a pastor, we are voting for a leader.”
Jeffrey Brown, a Marion resident, attended the rally and said the comments are typical from men.
“If a guy comes in and says that doesn’t happen he’s either deaf or lying,” Brown said. Brown said Trump’s performance at the third debate was his best yet and said Trump is new to politics and “doing a fantastic job.”
Cynthia Saxby, a teenager from Delaware, said she was not at all offended by the comments.
“I think it’s something a lot of guys say,” Saxby said. “It’s not something anyone should get offended by.”
After the rally, the Clinton campaign office downtown hosted an event featuring two Republican mothers who have voted for Hillary Clinton, in part because of Trump’s comments.
The women were introduced by State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) who said Donald Trump’s campaign comments that the election is rigged against him by saying elections are run by the States, 33 of which are overseen by republicans, including Ohio.
“[Ohio Secretary of State] Jon Husted is not rigging the election for Hillary Clinton,” Leland said. Leland added that it was “un-American” of Trump to say he would only accept the results of the election if he won.
Leland then introduced Delaware County Republicans Katie Rooney and Penny Schmitthenner, who shared why they decided to vote for Hillary Clinton.
Rooney said she has traditionally been a Republican, but said she felt compelled to vote for Clinton after comments Trump made.
“He puts people down for gender, disabilities, nationality…” Rooney said. “These are not my values or those of the Republican Party or of Ohio. We flat out reject Donald Trump.”
Rooney added Trump’s comments about women in the Access Hollywood video were “incredibly horrifying.”
Schmitthenner said she campaigned for John Kacish during the primary and made a promise then that no matter what happened, she would not vote for Trump.
Schmitthenner said she was further pushed away from Trump because he’s “divisive, he pushes conspiracy theories and mocks Gold Star families.”
“His ideas are dangerous,” Schmitthenner said. “He’s not a leader, he’s erratic. Hillary is the one and only choice for president.”
Election day is Nov. 8. Early voting is already underway in Ohio. For information, visit the Delaware County Board of Elections webside: http://delawareboe.org/
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.