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Group of Iowa mothers weigh in on Donald Trump’s comments about women

DES MOINES – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is under fire for comments he made about women more than a decade ago. And some women right he...
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DES MOINES – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is under fire for comments he made about women more than a decade ago. And some women right here in the metro are not happy about it, saying this election should be focusing more on substantive issues.

Over the course of his campaign, Donald Trump has been known to speak candidly about everything. But his comments about women, including footage uncovered Friday by The Washington Post, has some local mothers now speaking up.

“Donald Trump uses such horrific language to describe women,” said Amber Gustafson, an Iowan mother, and the Iowa Chapter Leader for Moms Demand Action.
Some Iowa mothers, like Gustafson, are concerned about Trump’s recent rhetoric. A group of them, who support Hillary Clinton, gathered in Des Moines Friday afternoon to criticize his words.
“It’s hard for me to have conversations sometimes with my daughters about the things that Donald Trump says because they are so hurtful,” Gustafson said. “I want my daughters to grow up to be strong, powerful, well-adjusted, healthy young women.”
“It’s a shame that that’s a person who is a candidate for President,” said Andrea Phillips. “We teach our kindergartners to be better than that. We teach them at school to watch the words that they use, and to be kind to others.”
Their meeting is on the heels of behind-the-scenes footage from a 2005 “Access Hollywood” taping, showing Donald Trump discussing women in vulgar terms.
“I did try and f*** her, she was married,” said Donald Trump in the recording from 2005. “She was married and all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony t*** and everything, she’s totally changed her look… I just started kissing them, like a magnet, and when you’re a star they let you do it, you can do anything.”
The audio recording prompted Trump to release a statement Friday saying, “This was locker room banter, a  conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course – not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended.”
And as far as how some Iowa mothers want to move forward?
“We need to be talking about things like equal pay, and those types of issues, not the size of our breasts or the length of our legs, or our general appearance,” Gustafson said. “We have more to offer the world than that.”
Clinton’s campaign has already pounced on the controversy, with Hillary Clinton herself tweeting it out saying, “This is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president.”
Clinton is not the only one speaking out against Trump’s comments. House Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday night that he was “sickened” by Trump’s comments, announcing that the GOP presidential nominee will no longer attend a Republican event in Wisconsin, at which the two were slated to appear on Saturday.