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Eric Trump defends his father in battleground Ohio

Donald Trump's middle son Eric sat down Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, with FOX 45 anchor Deborah Linz during a campaign stop in Lima, Ohio. (WRGT)

LIMA, Ohio (WRGT) - Two members of the Trump family spoke out Monday following the release of a 2005 video in which Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is heard bragging about groping women.

Trump’s wife Melania shared her feelings over the comments while still defending her husband. She calls the conversation with NBC's Billy Bush - who was fired over his role in the tape - just "boy talk."

“I said to my husband that, you know, the language was inappropriate and that it was not acceptable. I was surprised because that is not the man that I know,” Melania Trump said. “He was led on by, egg(ed) on from the host to say dirty and bad stuff.”

That tape is just one of many controversies Donald Trump is fighting in his quest for the White House.

Monday night, his middle son, Eric, was stumping for his father in Lima.

FOX 45 was the only local news station to speak one-on-one with him.

In a new CNN/ORC poll, Donald Trump is up by four points over Democrat Hillary Clinton in Ohio, but over the weekend Trump’s campaign cut ties with state GOP chairman Matt Borges.

FOX 45 anchor Deborah Linz asked Eric Trump if he thought his father could still win without Borges’ support.

“My father has never had the establishment vote. It’s not something he’s ever cared about. He’s always gone out and spoken to the American people. That’s what’s made him so successful, why every time he does a rally he has 25-30,000 people at that rally,” Eric Trump told us.

When asked about the allegations his father faces by women claiming sexual assault, Eric Trump instead turned the focus on the allegations against Clinton, and the perceived bias by the media.

“My father is a man of action. And I think politicians need to start putting their actions ahead of their words,” Trump said. “That’s never been done by the Clintons, and they’ve had an awful, awful track record with women in so many different instances.”

Eric Trump said he agrees with his father that the elections are rigged. He cited the media coverage and WikiLeaks, which, he said, shows criminal intent by Hillary Clinton.

“It shows a campaign trying to bribe the FBI, it shows, quite frankly, an email chain where it made very clear that Hillary lied to Congress, lied to the Department of Justice, lied to the FBI, lied to the American people about why those emails were deleted, how those emails were deleted, etcetera, etcetera, and you see what the coverage is. It’s not even picked up by the mainstream media,” Eric Trump said.

He said he believes the election is rigged by the politicians who want to stay in office, the media which has a bias favoring Clinton, and by voter fraud.

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