The head of the Republican National Committee played down criticism of Donald Trump’s character after new reports chronicled his troubling behavior toward dozens of women and his past habit of impersonating a publicist to boast about his private life.

A visibly uncomfortable Reince Priebus defended Trump in three Sunday talk show interviews, arguing that questions about Trump’s integrity do not matter to supporters of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and refusing to say whether they should.

“It’s something that Donald Trump is going to have to answer questions in regard to,” Priebus said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“All I’m saying, though, is after a year of different stories, nothing applies. … Listen, I’m not saying it’s not legitimate. It’s all legitimate. I’m just saying I don’t think it’s going to affect people’s view of who and what Donald Trump represents to them.”

Questions about Trump’s character are at the forefront as journalists continue to probe his past.

The Washington Post reported Friday that Trump masqueraded as publicists named “John Miller” and “John Barron” in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s to brag to journalists about his professional and romantic conquests. (Trump, who testified in a 1990 court case that he occasionally used the name “John Miller,” denied the report.)


Then, the New York Times on Saturday published a 5,000-word story on Trump’s private interactions with women. Titled “Crossing the Line,” the investigation revealed stories of unwelcome advances and unsettling behavior by Trump toward dozens of women who dated, met or worked with him over several decades.

Priebus, repeatedly wavering in his estimation of Trump’s character, called the stories “planted” and suggested that critics are unfit to judge the presumptive Republican nominee.

“As Christians, judging each other, I think, is problematic,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“It’s when people live in glass houses and throw stones that people get in trouble. … It’s not necessarily that people make mistakes or have regrets or seek forgiveness. It’s whether or not the person launching the charge is authentic in their own life and can actually be pure enough to make such a charge.”Representing Republicans skeptical of Trump, Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas said on Fox News that the businessman’s “New York values” won’t play well in the American heartland.

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