While introducing Donald Trump at a Wednesday rally in Ocala, Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) twice made the false claim that the lewd comments the Republican nominee made about groping women without their consent were made “in a locker room.”
“I do not make those excuses for somebody that said something 11 years ago in a locker room,” Yoho told the crowd, calling Trump’s remarks the “800-pound gorilla in the room.”
The real estate mogul’s comments were actually caught on a hot mic during a 2005 appearance on “Access Hollywood.” He was 59 years old at the time.
Trump and his surrogates have insisted he did not act on his boasts about grabbing women “by the pussy,” referring to the remarks as “locker room talk.”
Yoho seemed to take the explanation a bit too much to heart, repeating that Trump made the comments “in a locker room.”
“Let me ask you something,” the Florida lawmaker asked the crowd. “Is this election about something that was said in a locker room, or is about the direction of this country for the next 40 or 50 years?”
Yoho said that the fact Trump apologized to his family, wife, and the electorate rendered the issue irrelevant.
“What else you want?” he asked the crowd.