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Donald Trump's Comments About Women Has Set Off A Debate In Australia

"... a lot of nasty things are said about men too, incidentally".

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The day started with One Nation senator Pauline Hanson and independent senator Derryn Hinch having to literally take their argument about Donald Trump outside.

Derryn Hinch lashes Pauline Hanson over Trump 'support' https://t.co/7EDTluZ4Ir

Hinch and Hanson were arguing on Sunrise, where the One Nation leader called Trump's comments about women "vulgar", but then went on to defend him.

"Now, let's be honest about it, there are a lot of men out there that say horrific things, probably up to the same standard," said Hanson.

Hinch was so agitated about Hanson's comments, they kept arguing in the corridor outside the TV set.

"The man is a sexual predator! He is a disgrace," a disgusted Hinch said outside the lifts in federal parliament.

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull called Trump's comments "loathsome" and said "they deserve the absolutely universal condemnation that they have received".

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The minister for women Michaelia Cash said "the comments were demeaning, they were disappointing and they were wrong. Full stop."

Opposition leader Bill Shorten posted to Facebook calling his comments "vile" and "repugnant".

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Libertarian senator David Leyonhjelm then suggested Trump should be "cut a bit of slack" because he is a "man of his times" and added, "a lot of nasty things are said about men too, incidentally".

Somehow, Leyonhjelm supports and condemns Trump's obscene comments #auspol

However, female senators lined up to condemn his comments over the weekend and throughout the town hall debate.

So Trump reckons it's ok to sexually assault and insult women because of ISIS.l? What a sexist, dirty pig #debate

Most people don't talk or joke about rape in the lock-room Mr Trump. #debate

No other word trumps describing Trump than BULLY #debate

But Trump appeared to retain some support from conservative Liberal party senator Cory Bernardi, who thought the Republican won the debate.

I think @realDonaldTrump won tonight's debate. Played to his base, scored some big points and may have revived his campaign. Time will tell.

Mark Di Stefano is a political editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

Contact Mark Di Stefano at mark.distefano@buzzfeed.com.

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