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US athletes blast Trump for trying to write off his vile sexual comments as ‘locker-room talk’

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Several American professional athletes slammed Donald Trump on Sunday after the Republican presidential nominee tried to dismiss his sexual comments about women by describing them as “locker-room talk.”

Speaking during the second presidential debate with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, Trump used the locker room reference numerous times when questioned about the release of a leaked tape on Friday that captured him saying degrading things about women.

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The 70-year-old US billionaire dismissed them as “just words” and “locker room talk.”

“I haven’t heard that one in any locker rooms,” NBA Portland Trail Blazers player CJ McCollum wrote on Twitter.

Trump went on to say that the video from 2005 “doesn’t represent who he is.”

Trump acknowledged he was “embarrassed” about his comments. “But I have tremendous respect for women.”

Asked directly if he had done the things he mentioned in the video, Trump said: “No, I have not.”

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“As an athlete, I’ve been in locker rooms my entire adult life and uh, that’s not locker room talk,” Oakland Athletics baseball pitcher Sean Doolittle wrote on Twitter.

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova, who won 18 grand slam singles titles between 1978 and 1990, said the vulgar comments are simply a reflection of Trump’s true self.

“Locker room talk? Not on your life- this was Trump exactly how he is. Authentic. Obnoxious. Criminal. Etc….,” Navratilova said on Twitter.

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National Football League player Jacob Tamme used social media to urge Trump to quit using the word.

“Please stop saying “locker room talk”. It’s not normal. And even if it were normal. It’s not right,” wrote Tamme who plays for the Atlanta Falcons.

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‘We don’t have a Dr. Fauci problem’: Lindsey Graham defends top scientist after White House smears

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) this week defended the federal government's top infectious disease expert after President Donald Trump and the White House put out statements defaming him.

At a press event on Tuesday, Graham was asked about the attempts to smear Dr. Anthony Fauci.

The Republican senator praised Fauci as "one of the smartest people I know."

"Has he been right all the time? No," Graham said. "We don't have a Dr. Fauci problem. We need to be focusing on doing things to get us where we need to go. So, I have all the respect in the world for Dr. Fauci."

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Cop shoots and kills man who stabbed an elderly store customer for asking him to wear a mask

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A Michigan man has been shot and killed by an Eaton County deputy on Tuesday after he stabbed an elderly man who confronted him in a store for not wearing a mask, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Sean Ernest Ruis, 43, was confronted by a 77-year-old male customer for not wearing a mask inside the store. The argument continued outside in the parking lot, where Ruis stabbed the man and then fled on foot. The victim, whose name has not been released, is reportedly in stable condition.

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No vaccine, no carnival, Rio’s samba schools warn

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Some of Rio's biggest samba schools say they will not participate in next year's Carnival unless a coronavirus vaccine is widely available, Brazilian media reported Tuesday.

Five of the 12 top samba schools, including Mangueira and Beija Flor, told Brazil's O Globo newspaper they would vote to postpone the parades at a meeting set for Tuesday.

"It's simple. If there's no vaccine, there will be no samba," said the head of the Sao Clemente school, Renatinho Gomes.

"How can you gather crowds without collective immunity?"

The mayor of the northwestern city of Salvador de Bahia, where festivities also attract thousands of tourists, has proposed postponing the carnival season nationwide until April or June.

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