Billionaire Donald Trump supporter Carl Icahn says he is sticking with the Republican nominee despite the vulgar comments Trump made about women in 2005.
Icahn told CNBC on Monday that Trump’s language was unremarkable locker room banter and that some of the people who are claiming to be outraged at Trump’s comments are being hypocritical.
“Over my years I’ve listened to a lot of salacious talk in locker rooms, bachelor parties, et cetera, by a lot of high-level people, some of whom are now supposedly so outraged,” Icahn told CNBC Monday.
“All I can do is refer to that great quote, ‘Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone,’” he added.
On Friday, The Washington Post released audio footage of Trump caught on a hot mic in 2005 speaking about women in a crude manner. The tape sparked national outrage and saw dozens of Republican lawmakers revoke their endorsements of the GOP nominee.
“It’s amazing that everyone is outraged by something that everyone knows is going on in every locker room in the country,” Icahn added to CNBC.
Trump has apologized for his words but the tape has already done significant damage to his campaign. Following the tape’s release Trump’s Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton opened up a double-digit lead in the national polls.
According to NBC News, the poll conducted over the weekend found Clinton with 46 percent support among likely voters and 35 percent for Trump. Libertarian Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein clocked in at nine percent and two percent, respectively.
The poll was conducted prior to Sunday night’s debate.