WATCH: Donald Trump Taped Apology from Trump Tower

Donald Trump gave a highly unusual taped apology from Trump Tower around midnight on October 7 after controversy erupted surrounding the release of a videotape capturing crass statements he made about women years ago to a television host.

In the videotaped apology, Trump also pledged to be a “better man,” but he made it clear he intends to inject Bill Clinton’s past into the presidential race in a big way and called the tape controversy a “distraction.”

After apologizing for the words he said about women in 2005 on the Access Hollywood tape, Trump said Bill Clinton has “actually abused women” and alleged that Hillary had “bullied, attacked, shamed, and intimidated his victims. We will discuss this more in the coming days. See you at the debate on Sunday.”

Around midnight, after more than an hour of rampant speculation on Twitter and by news anchors, Trump finally released the videotaped statement, which started, “I’ve never said I’m a perfect person nor pretended to be someone I’m not. I’ve said and done things I regret. And the words released today on this more than a decade old video are one of them. Anyone who knows me knows this words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.”

Watch the full statement above. Trump released it on Facebook and then on Twitter.

“I have gotten to know the great people of our country,” Trump said. “I pledge to be a better man tomorrow… this is nothing more than a distraction from the important issues we are facing today.”

The taped statement comes after a flurry of outrage following the release of the video first obtained by the Washington Post. In it, Donald Trump talks to then-Access Hollywood host Billy Bush in graphic language about having sex with women and commenting on certain women’s looks.

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Billy Bush was heard joking with Donald Trump in a sexually explicit conversation from 2005. (Getty)

Trump tells Bush about a failed attempt to have sex with a married woman, later revealed as Entertainment Tonight co-host Nancy O’Dell, who was married. The Post said Trump had been married to Melania for “several months” during the time of the conversation. You can listen to the Bush tape here.

In the video, Trump tells Bush the story, saying, “I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look.” In another controversial comment, he says that when people are a star, they can do anything. “Grab them by the p—y. You can do anything,” he says.

On Twitter, speculation had been rampant about what the late-night video statement might say as controversy over the Bush tape continued to roil. Some even theorized that Trump might be dropping out, although that would be a very logistically unlikely scenario at this late stage.

The videotaped statement came on the heels of a spate of bad news for Trump, which started with his much panned performance in the first presidential debate.

The crassness of the comments from a major candidate for president sparked at least one prominent former Trump supporter – Jon Huntsman, former governor of Utah – to call for Trump to drop out and let Mike Pence replace him at the top of the ticket. Rep. Mike Coffman, a Colorado Republican, also called for Donald Trump to step down, said The Hill.

Trump had issued a written statement earlier in the evening making it clear he will be at Sunday’s second presidential debate. Trump said that he will be spending Saturday in New York in “debate prep with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, Gov. Chris Christie, and Sen. Jeff Sessions” before flying to St. Louis for the 2nd presidential debate on Sunday.

A few other prominent Republicans were also calling for Trump to drop out as outrage grew over the Bush tapes:

Such a scenario would be completely unprecedented and almost impossible. However, Trump was reportedly disinvited by House Speaker Paul Ryan from appearing at the Saturday rally in Wisconsin, had been absent for 24 hours from Twitter until he released the statement, and has faced withering criticism from even some supporters.

Huntsman had endorsed Trump. On Friday night, he urged Trump to drop out of the presidential race after the Bush tape was exposed by the Washington Post. The Salt Lake Tribune said that Huntsman’s “reversal” on Trump came one week after he explained why he was supporting the New York mogul.

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Mike Pence. (Getty)

“In a campaign cycle that has been nothing but a race to the bottom — at such a critical moment for our nation — and with so many who have tried to be respectful of a record primary vote, the time has come for Governor Pence to lead the ticket,” Huntsman said, according to the newspaper.

That development was followed a post from Erick Erickson, the conservative pundit who is notorious for his fervent Trump opposition, in which he claimed that Trump was having a crisis meeting on October 7 with his family and top Republican party officials in New York.

Others who had said before that they were voting for Trump now say they aren’t.

Others thought Pence should drop out instead.

Some Democrats hoped that Trump would not drop out.

Trump has weathered many controversies before, including about lewd comments relating to women. Furthermore, Bill Clinton has his own series of sex allegations, although he’s not running for president. Still, that history complicates matters for Democrats. And Trump made it clear he’s going to raise it.

Ryan’s rebuke of Trump and the cancellation of the appearance in Wisconsin, a key swing state, raised eyebrows.

Fox News reported that Ryan had “booted” Trump from the event, and Pence would take his place.

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  1. I would just like to make this comment to mr. Paul Ryan as you know Paul you are on the side of Hillary Clinton backing the trans-pacific partnership!! This is one of the reasons why you were so critical against Donald Trump from the very beginning !! This is one of the reasons why you ignored the voters of the Republican Party !! Because of Hillary Clinton’s gold standard (Trans Pacific partnership) also known as TPP !! And the seriousness of the trans-pacific partnership will have caused Great financial harm to the United States !! Due to the arbitration Clause within the agreement !! But you know what arbitration don’t you mr. Paul Ryan !! It’s a one-sided version of a law !! Arbitration cannot adjudicate criminal activity and this leaves the American people vulnerable to criminal activity !! In AT&T vs Concepcion the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of AT&T and within that ruling it was up to the consumer to discover the fraud!! So ! The United States Supreme Court ruled in a nutshell !!! It’s okay to have fraud in a contract !! And that’s why it’s so important to have somebody pick the right Supreme Court Justice !! And as you know mr. Paul Ryan to go to arbitration you’re going to need lots of cash !! And if you don’t have any cash which most Americans don’t have!! The American people are subject to Criminal Behavior under the trans-pacific partnership agreement !! And as you know to take a foreign government /corporation to arbitration, just to start your arbitration claim is in the amount of $350,000 dollars !! This amount must be paid up in full ,before the arbitration proceedings begin !! I am sickened by your lack of support for our nominee how dare you claim to be higher and mightier !! Donald Trump made a statement !! but your actions would create great financial harm to America and its people !! Your actions would allow a foreign government to dictate to the American people ,how much they’re going to get paid isn’t that right mr. Paul Ryan !! Why would anyone hand over the economic future to a foreign government ?

    • Too long, didn’t read. Maybe if you learned grammar and spelling, someone might bother to read. Now, back to your trailer located blocks from Walmart.

      • great pointless :re. more emotional insults and no rationale at all. errs and all, any normal person should’ve able to understand the core of the msg, and rebuke it appropriately; unless you’re a demtard, of course1 i guess that explains it all; so don’t worry, soon enough if you’ve your way we’ll all be joining you as trailer trash as well111

  2. Mr. Trump will be a Monarchy President, as Thomas Jefferson the founder and auther of Monarchy. Louisiana had sagragation before the Revelutionary War. Thanks to Jefferson, from Virginia going south was Monarchy. The Republican were instructed to look the other way on the Monarchy down South. People of color are still being treated as 60% of a person. When the Republicans and Demarcates flip flopped, that meant Monarchy for people of color. Democracy is for the whites. Mr.Trump is a Realistate agent, who is a three headed gragon. Designed to make one fail, get depressed and want to commit suicide. You build that wall Mr. Trump, will ignite World War Three. Every War fought, we won because of people of color won those Wars. Yet people of color is still treated as 60% of a person. Thanks to Thomas Jefferson the Monarchy President, and President George Washington the Demacracy President. Mr. Trump you have no political experience. You blocked a real President from office Governor Mike Huckaby an experience Commander an Chief.

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  4. i dont mean to tell you how to do your job; but how about an actual txt transcript of the apology in a single paragraph from the beginning… otherwise it was a nice stat though; short, sincere, understandable and concise. it also prepivoted towards hillco; which are obv responsible of the leaking, and in no moral position to judge and attack at the very least… and how come libfágz nevar forgive dt1 apology or not, but expect the rest of the world to let go of every obv other evil billary does… all dt has to do now is endure the onslaught of attacks for a little while, and he’ll be fine, as always. bill clinton past is relevant not for the actions themselves, but because of the reactions of hellary about them. in particular, her known demeaning namecalling insulting attacks towards them; some of them even allegeding that they were threaten by murder if they didnt abs stfu about the former prez’ ‘indiscretions’11 so bottomline; ‘trump hasta la muerte’111

  5. “these words don’t reflect who I am…”

    On the contrary. Those words exemplify who Trump has been his entire life and who he continues to be.

    As he said in his original defense of his disgusting remarks, he regarded it as simply “locker room talk” … as though all men act the same way as a chauvinistic, self-absorbed, power-hungry rich guy by bragging about groping women and getting away with it because of his “celebrity status”, attempting to bed every attractive female (single or not) who crosses his path, and judging the value of women by their body parts.

    • Agreed, but so very sad, as given his ongoing support, Trump is not alone in his belief and practices. In fact, for some, this gives license for such abhorrent, vile behavior.,