Ben Carson: 'Way too much attention' put on 2005 Trump video
(WLUK) -- Former presidential candidate Ben Carson says an 11-year-old recording of Donald Trump describing kissing and groping women is receiving too much attention four weeks before Election Day.
"Trump's obituary has been written so many times," Carson said at the beginning of an interview on Good Day Wisconsin Tuesday morning.
Trump has denies he was discussing sexual assault in a 2005 recording that reveals him saying he can "do anything" with women because he is famous. The Washington Post and NBC News released the video Friday afternoon.
Carson says supporters of the Republican nominee have accepted his apology and now it's time to move forward.
"I think way too much attention is put on it," Carson said. "This is not to say that it isn't an important issue. This is not to say that we should in any way condone that type of material. But we are at a critical juncture in our nation's history, and what we're dealing with is not Democrats versus Republicans. We are dealing with the political establishment versus the people."
After the recording was released, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Trump would no longer attend a Republican rally Saturday in Ryan's home district.
Ryan said Monday morning that he will not campaign with Trump and will put all of his energy into retaining the GOP congressional majority. Ryan did not pull his endorsement of Trump, as some Republicans across the country have since Friday.
Trump tweeted about Ryan on Monday and Tuesday. Part of Tuesday morning's tweet said: "It is hard to do well when Paul Ryan and others give zero support!"
Hillary Clinton and fellow Democrats have kept the pressure on Trump and Republicans since Friday's video release.
Carson says Ryan is using a "wise strategy" to create a "firewall" in Washington if Clinton is elected.