How will the Donald Trump leaked audio affect the second presidential debate?

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It was the "grab them by the pussy," heard 'round the world.

On Friday night, the Washington Post leaked audio from 2005 in which Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump can be heard making lewd comments about women to Access Hollywood correspondent Billy Bush.

"I've gotta use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her," Trump says in the hot mic audio."You know I'm automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait."

The leak immediately set off a wave of Republican donors and politicians withdrawing their support from the nominee.

"I'm out," Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz declared on Fox 13 on Friday night. "I can no longer in good conscience endorse this person for president. It is some of the most abhorrent and offensive comments that you can possibly imagine."

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was also among those horrified by Trump's comments, swiftly disinviting him from a planned campaign event.

"I am sickened by what I heard today," Ryan said. "Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified."

With the second presidential debate scheduled to take place on Sunday — just two days after the bombshell leak — it's fair to assume that Trump's unearthed comments will likely be a sticking point in the line of questioning he receives.

Trump's unsavory comments about women were a major focal point of the first debate, with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton zeroing in on Trump's treatment of former Miss Universe Alicia Machado in particular.

"He called this woman 'Miss Piggy' — then he called her 'Miss Housekeeping,' because she was Latina. Alicia Machado, Donald — she has a name," Clinton said near the debate's close.

Her accusations set off a firestorm of outrage which seemed to rattle Trump himself, as evidenced by the fact that he took to Twitter to unleash a string of late night missives encouraging voters to check out Machado's alleged sex tape.

In any event, with just under a month to go until Election Day, and in light of the fresh controversy rocking the Trump campaign, it's safe to say that Sunday night's debate will be worthwhile TV, no matter what your political inclination.

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Brianna Provenzano

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