Tennessee speaker calls lewd texts 'locker room talk'

Cade Cothren, former Chief of Staff to Speaker of the House Glen Casada / Source: WTVF

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's House speaker says he was wrong to participate in lewd conversations about women with his former chief of staff and described the language as "locker room talk" between adult men.

House Speaker Glen Casada made the remarks on Tuesday while talking to Nashville radio station WTN-FM , a day after his top aide, Cade Cothren, resigned amid allegations he sent racist and sexually explicit text messages. Cothren also admitted to using cocaine in his legislative office years prior.

Casada says the Republican caucus supports him despite recently released text messages showing Cothren bragging to Casada about having sex in a restaurant and other sexually explicit discussions.

Casada's explanation is similar to President Donald Trump, who also cited locker room talk during the 2016 campaign when a recording captured him making lewd remarks about women.

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