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Paul Ryan is 'sickened' by Donald Trump's groping comments

The fallout from the revelation that Donald Trump once suggested he can grope and grab women's genitals because he's famous is growing.

Republican National Committee chairman Rience Priebus, long a defender of Trump, said "no woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever."

And House Speaker Paul Ryan, a reluctant supporter of the GOP nominee, apparently disinvited the New York businessman from an event in his district that was scheduled for Saturday.

"I am sickened by what I heard today," read the statement. "Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified."

(Trump said in a statement he decided to stay in New York to practice for Sunday's debate.)

Most Georgia Republicans were tightlipped in the wake of the remarkable recording, first reported Friday by The Washington Post.

In the 2005 recording, Trump talks with Access Hollywood anchor Billy Bush about groping and kissing women on a conversation caught on a hot microphone — saying that “when you’re a star, they let you do it."

But Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, who is set to speak about Trump on Monday, issued this defense:



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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.