Trump’s 2005 comments disgust women, but change few opinions

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pauses during a meeting with members of the National Border Patrol Council at Trump Tower, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – Women voters in swing states are expressing deep disgust about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s assertion that an old tape featuring him talking about groping women amounted to “locker room talk” and not sexual assault.

But interviews with several dozen on Monday show that Trump’s latest actions, including bringing women who have accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual harassment or rape to Sunday’s debate, did little to sway their opinions about the presidential contest.

Many Republicans and independents say they already weren’t going to support Trump but weren’t persuaded to vote for his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. Some say they wouldn’t vote at all or would choose Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.

Trump is already struggling with women voters, while Clinton is looking to run up her margins with them.

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