One Nation leader and Senator Pauline Hanson
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Pauline Hanson on Trump: "Lots of men say horrific things"

A RECORDING of Donald Trump explaining how stardom allows him the freedom to grab women's genitals and kiss women without their consent, is no worse than what a lot of men or women say, according to Pauline Hanson

Mr Trump's campaign is reeling from a 2005 recording that included the candidate bragging about trying to seduce a married woman -- only months after marrying his own wife Melania -- then declaring that being a star meant he could "do anything", including grabbing women "by the p---y".

In a Monday morning interview alongside Senator Derryn Hinch, the One Nation leader said Mr Trump's comments were vulgar, but were no worse than former US President Bill Clinton's false denials of his sexual relationship with mistress Monica Lewinsky.

"It was said not on camera, it was said behind the scenes, and it was a tape recording," Ms Hanson said.

"Let's be honest about it, there's a lot of men out there that say horrific things, probably up to the same standard.

"There are women as well who say vulgar things."
 

US Presidential candidate Donald Trump
US Presidential candidate Donald Trump

Sentor Hinch went further, labelling Mr Trump a "sexual predator".

"A normal man, Pauline, would never consider invading a woman's space so much that in his mind or to his mates would say it," he said.

"I mean that is sexual assault to say that, grab them there, no man would say that.

"Pauline, God help us if you are right (about American voters). The man is a sexual predator."

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has meanwhile described the comments as "loathsome".

Since the audio was published, the backlash against Mr Trump's campaign has been fierce, particularly from his own party.

Some of the party's most respected and elite figures have publicly said they would not vote for Mr Trump, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Condoleeza Rice and John McCain.

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