Women say things in private that are just as bad, says Farage in defence
Interim Ukip leader Nigel Farage has waded into the crisis engulfing Donald Trump's US presidential bid, insisting the Republican candidate's obscene remarks about groping women amounted to "alpha male boasting".
Speaking in St Louis, Missouri, where he was attending last night's televised presidential debate as a Trump supporter, Mr Farage said the comments were "ugly", but insisted women also made remarks they would not want to see reported.
"Look, this is alpha male boasting. It's the kind of thing, if we are being honest, that men do. They sit around and have a drink and they talk like this.
"By the way, quite a lot of women say things amongst themselves that they would not want to see on Fox News, or the front page of a newspaper. I'm not pretending it's good - it's ugly, it is ugly."
Mr Farage's comments echo the initial response of Mr Trump who dismissed the obscene language on a 2005 video tape as "locker room banter".
Mr Farage has previously spoken at a Trump rally, and was reported to be helping the Republican candidate prepare for the second presidential debate, after Hillary Clinton was widely seen to have won the first one by a clear margin.
Trump's wife Melania has said she was offended by the remarks, but that they did not represent the man she knew.
"The words my husband used are unacceptable and offensive to me.
"This does not represent the man that I know. He has the heart and mind of a leader," she added.
Mr Trump has insisted there is "zero chance" he will quit the race for the White House.
The remarks have seen him dubbed "the groper in chief" on social media and been branded "horrific" by Ms Clinton, and "sickening" by the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan.
British Education Secretary Justine Greening joined in the criticism, saying: "As a woman I felt they were utterly crass. Obviously it's up to the American people to decide whether they think he's the right person to be their president."