The Debate Audience Literally Laughed When Donald Trump Said He Respects Women

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The second presidential debate included a segment about each candidate’s “fitness to be president,” so moderator Chris Wallace brought up the some half-dozen women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual assault. “Why would so many different women under so many different circumstances make up these stories?” Wallace asked.

Trump responded by denying the allegations, which has been his strategy thus far. He then blamed the Clinton campaign for producing his accusers, and he topped the whole thing off with: “Nobody has more respect for women than I do.”

Again, this is a line he’s used before. But this time, the audience straight-up laughed.

Perhaps anticipating the reaction, Trump’s campaign team was quick with a response.