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President Obama calls Trump’s comments about women ‘disturbing’

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Sunday that Donald Trump's lewd and sexually aggressive comments about women he made a decade ago were "disturbing" examples of "unbelievable rhetoric."

"One of the most disturbing things about this election is just the unbelievable rhetoric coming at the top of the Republican ticket," Obama said at a campaign event in Chicago for US Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth. "I don't need to repeat it. There are children in the room."

Obama's comments come just hours before Trump will face off against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, in the second presidential debate. Trump released a defiant apology Saturday night for comments that came to light Friday in a Washington Post story.

Obama continued, "Demeaning women, degrading women -- but also minorities. Immigrants. People of other faiths. Mocking the disabled. Insulting our troops, Insulting our veterans. That tells you a couple of things: It tells you that he's insecure enough that he pumps himself up by putting other people down. Not a character trait that I would advise for somebody in the Oval Office."

Obama also said the comments suggest Trump "doesn't care much about the basic values."

"It tells you that he'd be careless with the civility and the respect that a real vibrant democracy requires," Obama said.