MIDTOWN — Donald Trump’s campaign headquarters has seen its fair share of protests, most involving women outraged by misogyny from the 2016 Republican presidential candidate.
But among the many anti-Trump protesters outside Trump Tower recently, there were some women who stand by him.
The support comes even after leaked audio of Trump making obscene comments about women and accusations of sexual assault that the real estate tycoon has denied.
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Laurie Paduano, a 48-year-old New Yorker and former Democrat who voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, said she doesn’t care about the recording of Trump’s lewd comments about women to then-“Access Hollywood” correspondent Billy Bush.
“Guys talk like that. Women talk like that. I’ve said filthy stuff, I’m not a bad person,” Paduano said.
“Mr. Trump is not a politician and yes, does he say things? Absolutely, we all do. We’re tired of politicians, we need to get away from that,” Paduano added.
Julie Michelle Black, 35, said voters shouldn’t judge Trump by his past.
“I’m not the same person I was 11 years ago and if someone walked around reminding me of the person I was 11 years ago, it would be the same stuff. Things you’re not proud of,” Black said.
She said that Trump’s business acumen makes him the ideal candidate to lead the country.
“All the jobs that he’s provided, how could someone like that not turn this country for the better?” Black asked.
Elena Rybak, a Trump Tower resident who says she knows Trump personally, said she ignores the protests outside her building.
Pushing her way through a recent anti-Trump gathering, Rybak said people who know him don’t believe the sexual misconduct accusations.
“He’s a gentleman,” Rybak said.