President Obama Just Responded to Trump's Sexually Explicit Audiotape

October 9th 2016

Aron Macarow

President Barack Obama broke his silence on the most recent Donald Trump controversy Sunday.

The commander in chief did not mince words, calling lewd comments by Republican nominee Donald Trump "one of the most disturbing things" to come out of this year's election cycle.

Obama stated unequivocally that Trump did not have the character required of a U.S. president:

"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. That tells you that he's insecure enough that he pumps himself up by putting other people down, not a character trait that I would advise for someone in the Oval Office. It tells you he doesn't care much about the basic values we try to impart to our kids."

Obama spoke at a campaign event for Democratic Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth in Chicago. He referred to Trump's now well-known 2005 behind-the-scenes comments to then "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush, which included grotesque remarks about women:

"I'm automatically attracted to beautiful [women]—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. You can do anything ... Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything."

Obama also suggested that Trump lacked the "civility and respect that a real vibrant democracy requires."

This isn't the first time that Obama has denounced Trump.

The President in August called Trump "unfit" for the Oval Office following the Republican nominee's attacks on the Khans, a Gold Star Muslim-American family whose son died while serving in the U.S. Army.

Obama in September said that Trump was "not fit in any way, shape, or form to represent this country abroad or to be its commander in chief."

Watch the entire clip of Obama's remarks in Chicago below: