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Aide: Mother Pence Thinks Trump Is 'Totally Vile'

Aide: Mother Pence Thinks the President Is "Totally Vile"

The second lady is reportedly in agreement with much of the world: Donald Trump makes her skin crawl.

Hate the president? Even in the White House, apparently, you're in good company. The second lady of the United States, Karen Pence, "finds him reprehensible -- just totally vile," The Atlantic reports.

In fact, Pence was "disgusted" by Donald Trump after the emergence of the 2005 Access Hollywood tape in early October of last year, according to a former campaign aide. Pence is an evangelical Christian, who many believe passes on her rigidly conservative leanings to her husband, homophobic Vice President Mike Pence.

Karen Pence's comments came to light after Billy Bush -- one of 10 men in the Access Hollywood bus when the president made his infamous, predatory remarks about using his celebrity to grab women by the genitalia -- published a revealing op-ed regarding the encounter in The New York Times. The piece provides context for the president's remarks from Bush's unique perspective.

"... [Every] single one of us assumed we were listening to a crass standup act," Bush wrote. "He was performing. Surely, we thought, none of this was real.

"We now know better."

Following the tape's release, 16 women accused Trump of sexual misconduct. And despite initially apologizing for the tape and vowing to be a "better man," recent reports allege Trump is still trying to convince advisers and others that the tape isn't authentic. From the Times:

"[Trump] sees the calls for [Roy] Moore to step aside as a version of the response to the now-famous 'Access Hollywood' tape, in which he boasted about grabbing women's genitalia, and the flood of groping accusations against him that followed soon after. He suggested to a senator earlier this year that it was not authentic, and repeated that claim to an adviser more recently. (In the hours after it was revealed in October 2016, Mr. Trump acknowledged that the voice was his, and he apologized.)"

Read the complete Times story here, and the complete Atlantic story here.

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