Donald Trump has faced lots of criticism during the campaign over his history of off-color remarks about women. Now, in an interview with KSNV of Las Vegas, the candidate offers an explanation for some of them: entertainment value. When asked, as the father of two grown women, if he understands the concerns of parents with young girls about his various statements, he said, "Sure I do. And you know, a lot of this is done in the entertainment business. I’m being interviewed for Apprentice long before I ever thought in terms of running for office," he said, per a transcript posted by Sopan Deb of CBS News.
“I can tell you this: There is nobody—nobody—that has more respect for women than I do," said Trump. Asked if he were trying to tone things down, he answered, “Well, it’s not a question of trying. It’s very easy." And he reiterated: “But you know, you’re in the entertainment business. You’re doing The Apprentice. You have one of the top shows on television. And you say things differently for a reason.” New York is a little skeptical of all this, pointing out that some of Trump's infamous comments predate his reality-TV days.