Donald Trump’s lewd comments about women sparked reactions Friday and Saturday in Kentucky’s races for the U.S. Senate and Central Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, the Democratic nominee trying to unseat U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Bowling Green, was quick to enter the political firestorm that started after reports surfaced that the Republican presidential nominee made sexually charged comments in 2005 as he waited to appear on a soap opera.
“The recent comments by Donald Trump are offensive and indefensible,” Gray said Friday night via email. “Rand Paul has endorsed Trump and should join me in publicly condemning his obscene comments and behavior. No one should behave like this, ever.”
Paul issued an email saying Trump’s comments “are offensive and unacceptable.” Paul’s campaign did not immediately say whether Paul will continue to support Trump.
In Central Kentucky’s race for Congress, Democratic nominee Nancy Jo Kemper said Friday night via email that Republican incumbent Andy Barr “needs to either withdraw his endorsement or offer his constituents an explanation for his continued support of Donald Trump.”
The Christian minister added: “As a woman, a mother of two daughters, grandmother of two little girls, and as a pastor, I am disgusted by recent recordings of Donald Trump boasting of getting away with sexual assault and harassing women thanks to his fame and his wealth. Andy Barr also has two daughters, and I hope none of our children ever have to encounter sexual predators of any sort.”
Barr responded Saturday via email, “As a husband and father of two young daughters, I am appalled and offended by Mr. Trump’s vile remarks. He has apologized as he should, because his comments are utterly indefensible.” On whether Barr would support Trump, Barr’s spokesman Rick VanMeter said Barr would never support Hillary Clinton.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Louisville, said Trump’s “comments are repugnant and unacceptable in any circumstance. As the father of three daughters, I strongly believe that Trump needs to apologize directly to women and girls everywhere, and take full responsibility for the utter lack of respect for women shown in his comments on that tape.”
Kentucky Republican Party spokesman Tres Watson called Trump’s comments “totally inappropriate and unacceptable.”
Daniel Lowry, spokesman for the Kentucky Democratic Party, said, “There’s no question that Trump's comments were sexist and wrong, and they reveal his true character.”
Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican, could not be immediately reached Saturday to get comment on Trump’s remarks.