ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump’s son Eric chalked up his father’s 2005 conversation about groping women, which drew fire from both sides of the aisle and comparisons to advocating sexual assault, to “locker room banter” that “alpha personalities” sometimes engage in.
Donald Trump’s son Eric is the first of the Republican nominee’s children to talk about the recording since it surfaced on Friday.
While he said that he was “glad” that his father apologized and maintained that “I’m not saying it’s right” he appeared to explain the behavior.
“I think sometimes when guys are together they get carried away, and sometimes that’s what happens when alpha personalities are in the same presence. At the same time, I’m not saying it’s right. It’s not the person that he is,” Eric Trump said at an event in Colorado on Monday, according to The Colorado Springs Gazette.
Donald Trump’s four eldest children, including Eric, were all present at the Sunday night town hall-style debate, but this is the first time that any of them have directly addressed the comments on a tape from the show “Access Hollywood.”
The explanation that it was “locker room banter” first surfaced in Donald Trump’s initial written statement that was issued shortly after the recording’s release on Friday afternoon.
Trump also used the phrase “locker room talk” four times during Sunday’s debate.
Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and Dr. Ben Carson are two surrogates who defended Trump.
Giuliani did a round of morning show interviews on Sunday, hours before the debate, praising Trump’s apology, but said his “personal behavior” and remarks were “absolutely wrong.”
Carson told CNN that he has heard other people talk in a similar manner to how Trump spoke on the recording.
“I’ve heard people talking like that, of course. Are you kidding me?” Carson told CNN.
“As I was growing up, people were always trying to talk about their sexual conquest, and trying to make themselves appear, you know, like the — don — Casanova,” he said.
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