Donald Trump in Texas for San Antonio fundraiser

CBS NEWS & KHOU 11 News report

A sold-out crowd gathered in downtown San Antonio Tuesday to greet Donald Trump at a private fundraiser.

Trump's controversial comments about women didn't scare away high-dollar donors who paid from $500 to $50,000 for tickets.

One woman who attended said she doesn't think Trump needs to address his comments again after apologizing on Friday, Saturday and during Sunday's debate. 

"That was 11 years ago. He has apologized to America which is more than Hillary Clinton has done,” said Anne Chick. “She hasn't apologized for erasing 33,000 emails under subpoena.”

As news of his Trump's comments about women spread over the weekend, other news organizations reported one of the two men hosting the fundraiser, San Antonio billionaire Gene Powell, had backed out. But on Monday, Powell said that's not true.

"I am deeply disappointed and offended by the comments made by Mr. Trump," Powell said in a statement. "I have one obligation left to the campaign and that is a fundraising event tomorrow in San Antonio, and I will fulfill that obligation as promised."

Video was leaked Friday of a 2005 conversation where Trump boasted about kissing and groping women and getting away with it because he's "a star." The comments were so lewd that many in the Republican Party, including U.S. Rep. Will Hurd of San Antonio, have called for Trump to step down from the top of the GOP ticket.

San Antonio Democrats held a news conference Tuesday morning before Trump's appearance.

"I was shell-shocked, I think like everyone else that somebody essentially thinks that people in the world are just his plaything. That he can do whatever he wants to someone, to women, with no regard for that person," U.S. Rep. Joquin Castro said.

Clinton, of course, has her own issues, including leaked emails showing her take separate, private stances on certain issues during Wall Street speeches.

Those at Tuesday's press conference defended her, saying she was merely tailoring her message to accommodate a different audience.

Trump is still polling ahead in Texas and even those at Tuesday's Texas Democrat event said they expect he'll win the state, although with much smaller margins than in the past.

 


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