Trump says he insulted women 'for the purpose of entertainment'

Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE says many of his comments disparaging women were made “for the purpose of entertainment.”

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Trump was asked in a Wednesday interview with News 3 Las Vegas if he could understand why parents of young girls are concerned about his history of making crude comments toward women.

"A lot of that was done for the purpose of entertainment. There's nobody that has more respect for women than I do," the real estate mogul responded.

"Are you trying to tone it down now?" Jim Snyder, the News 3 interviewer, asked.

"It's not a question of trying; it's very easy," Trump said.

Democrats have locked on Trump’s behavior toward women in recent weeks.

During the first presidential debate, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary and Chelsea Clinton to host series based on their book 'Gutsy Women' Democrats see spike in turnout among Asian American, Pacific Islander voters Biden officially announces ex-Obama official Brian Deese as top economic adviser MORE attacked Trump for his comments about a former Miss Universe, whom the businessman had attacked for gaining weight in 1996. 

The issue stayed in the headlines for days as Trump renewed his criticisms of the woman’s weight gain from two decades ago.