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Election 2016

Trump’s Treatment Of Women Dominant Issue In Second Debate

A largely pro-Clinton crowd turned up to watch the presidential debate at the Axelrad Beer Garden in Midtown.

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Patrons of Axelrad Beer Garden watch the second 2016 presidential debate, projected on the side of neighboring Luigi’s Pizzeria.

It's been a rough weekend for Donald Trump. Friday's revelations of a tape, in which the presidential candidate boasted his fame meant he could force himself on women with impunity, cast a long shadow over Sunday's second presidential debate.

Houston Public Media's Coverage of Election 2016

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That was evident from the mood of the crowd at a watch party at Midtown's Axelrad Beer Garden. The audience at Axelrad largely favored Hillary Clinton to begin with. Trump's response, when asked about the tape, didn't win him any converts.

"I think it's insulting to men to say that men in general are openly advocating sexual assault, as he is implying by saying that it's just locker room banter to say those kinds of things," says Clinton supporter Kris Kory. "And I think it's insulting to women that he keeps glossing over it and saying that we're just interpreting it the wrong way or he's sorry if we're offended. It's an offensive and a disgusting thing that he's said."

There were some Trump supporters in the audience. Zeljko Stajnovic says the Republican candidate defended himself well.

"In my honest opinion," Stajnovic says, "touching upon a locker room conversation that all men have had between each other – when he said it as a private citizen, nonetheless, who had no political aspirations at the time – trying to play that off politically is a low blow."

Tamara Sell, a volunteer deputy voter registrar, had a table set up at the front of the beer garden. She says the debate helped get people involved. "One young lady, she was Hispanic, came earlier and she said, ‘I'm not really sure if want to register to vote.' And then after hearing the debate, she came back and she's like, ‘I have to register.'"

Sell says she registered more than 70 new voters over the course of the debate.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew Schneider is the senior reporter for politics and government at Houston Public Media, NPR's affiliate station in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he heads the station's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments...

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