CNN Politics Executive Editor Mark Preston predicts Trump will have a difficult time escaping an onslaught of media coverage over those remarks. Preston is in St. Louis covering the presidential debate for CNN.
“This is going to be front and center, and we’ll see what happens as we go into the debate,” said Preston. “I don’t know how Donald Trump gets beyond it.”
Preston believes the comments could force Republicans to publicly withdraw any support they had for Trump.
“I can’t imagine that Republican strategists are saying their candidates, their clients, to say embrace Donald Trump at this point,” Preston said.
Some Trump supporters have fired back. Some are saying if voters are offended by Trump’s comments then they should be offended by President Bill Clinton’s behavior.
Wayne Fields, a professor emeritus of American culture at Washington University and expert on presidential speech and rhetoric, said he fears the timing of the release of the 2005 comments will overshadow the debate.
“It’s a kind of public embarrassment that sort of makes it difficult to difficult to think about other things that they should be talking about, and I don’t mean just for them but for the audience,” said Fields.
Trump issued an apology and called the comments a private conversation, describing the remarks as "locker room banter."