-- Campaigning in North Carolina Tuesday, President Barack Obama criticized Donald Trump for a recently surfaced tape in which the GOP presidential nominee made lewd comments about women and bragged about groping them.
"You don’t have to be a husband or a father to hear what we heard just a few days ago and say that’s not right. You just have to be a decent human being to say that’s not right," the president said in Greensboro, North Carolina. "If it makes you mad, then you say that’s not somebody I want representing the United States of America. You can do something about it, North Carolina."
The president slammed Republicans who continue to support Trump despite his comments.
"That doesn’t make sense to me," the president said. "You can’t have it both ways here. You can’t repeatedly denounce what is said by someone and then say but I’m still going to endorse him to be the most powerful person on the planet and to put them in charge."
He also lobbed criticism toward Republicans who did decide to revoke their endorsement of the GOP nominee after the tape surfaced.
"What did you think? He was going to transform himself? I mean I’m 55 and it’s hard for me to change. I know at 70 it’s going to be harder," he said.
In the recording, obtained by The Washington Post and published last Friday, Trump is heard talking about how he tried to have an affair with a married woman and describing how he makes moves on women.
"You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful -- I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait," Trump can be heard saying on the tape.
"And when you’re a star they let you do it. ... You can do anything," he says, adding later, "Grab them by the p----."
Trump later said he was "wrong" for making the vulgar comments.