The leader of UK Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage has defended US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s lewd comments against women, saying the candidate is not running to become “the Pope.”
Speaking in the wake of his newly-found friendship with the New York businessman, the interim UKIP boss said Trump’s obscene language on a newly-leaked 2005 video tape is “alpha male boasting” and something “that men do.”
“Look, this is alpha male boasting. It's the kind of thing, if we are being honest, that men do. They sit around and have a drink and they talk like this,” Farage said in St Louis, Missouri, where he is attending the second presidential debate between Trump and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
“By the way, quite a lot of women say things amongst themselves that they would not want to see on Fox News, or the front page of a newspaper. I'm not pretending it's good - it's ugly, it is ugly,” Farage added.
The UKIP leader, who returned to office amid a leadership crisis in the party, has openly endorsed Trump, appearing next to him during the campaign trail.
Labour MP Tom Watson blasted Farage’s defense of Trump, calling him “the UK cheerleader” for the bombastic nominee.
“Nigel Farage seems to be enjoying his new job as the UK cheerleader for Trump but in so doing he devalues himself and his party in the minds of the decent people of our country,” the MP said.
Despite issuing an apology on Saturday, the derogatory comments have pushed the Trump campaign into a crisis.
Major Republicans like Senator John McCain, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have withdrawn their endorsements.
Trump’s wife Melania and his running mate Indiana Governor Mike Pence have also criticized him for the comments.
Farage returned as UKIP’s interim leader after Diane James stepped down after only 18 days.