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PM condemns 'loathsome' Trump comments

AAP logoAAP 9/10/2016

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has labelled Donald Trump's comments about women "loathsome", saying they are rightfully being condemned.

But one crossbench senator believes people should cut the US presidential hopeful some slack, saying he is simply a man of his times.

Mr Trump's campaign is in damage control following the release of tapes in which the Republican nominee was heard making lewd remarks.

"They deserve the absolutely universal condemnation that they've received," Mr Turnbull told reporters in Canberra on Monday.

Minister for Women Michaelia Cash said the comments were "demeaning, they were disappointing and they were wrong, full stop", while new Labor MP Emma Husar labelled Mr Trump a "pig".

"He's an absolute repugnant animal who deserves to have every single Republican who is well-respected over there walk away from him," she said.

However Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm noted that Mr Trump was 70 years old and such remarks - although pretty distasteful - used to be a lot more common.

"He's a man of his times perhaps, so perhaps you could cut him a little bit of slack," the senator said.

"A lot of nasty things are said about men too."

Senator Leyonhjelm said the more important question was whether it affects his ability to be a good president.

"You can't really tell that from the fact that he's a misogynist."

Deputy Prime Minister Barnarby Joyce, while labelling Mr Trump's comments as unacceptable, criticised both the Democrats and Republicans for digging up dirt from each other's past.

"I just think this whole debate in the United States is turning into a dirty, filthy concoction which belies the respect the American people deserve," he told ABC radio.

"They're all digging up rubbish from each other's past and I just think the whole thing is pretty unsavoury."

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson and fellow crossbench senator Derryn Hinch clashed over Mr Trump's comments in the corridors of Parliament House after a regular television spot.

Senator Hinch said it was disgraceful Senator Hanson could support Trump, especially as a woman, describing him as a "sexual predator".

"I didn't condone what he said," she replied.

Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten said Mr Trump's comments were inexcusable, vile and repugnant.

"I'm not surprised Republicans like John McCain and Condoleeza Rice are publicly repudiating Mr Trump. I'm sure others will follow," he wrote on Facebook.

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