Donald Trump finds himself at the center of controversy once again on the campaign trail. The Washington Post released an Access Hollywood outtake video from 2005 where Trump is overheard making degrading comments about women to host Billy Bush.
Trump told Bush a story of an aggressive advance he made on a woman.
“I moved on her, actually. You know, she was down on Palm Beach. I moved on her, and I failed. I’ll admit it… I did try and f**k her. She was married,” Trump told Bush.
Trump continued telling him how he took her furniture shopping and explained that his advances were unsuccessful.
“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 t**s and everything. She’s totally changed her look,” Trump continued.
After discussing who they were meeting on the Days of Our Lives set, Trump began making more generic statements including a slur about grabbing women.
“Yeah, that’s her. With the gold. I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. 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. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything…Grab ’em by the p***y. You can do anything,” Trump said.
The release of the tape has been greeted with outrage across the country, including many politicians within the Republican party.
Ohio Governor John Kasich released a statement saying he would not vote for Trump.
Senator John McCain also released a statement withdrawing his support for Trump.
Trump released a video apologizing for his comments while also confirming that he said the things in the video. In the apology, he turned his attention to the Clintons and referenced Bill Clinton’s marital indiscretions.
It will be worth watching how Trump responds at the second presidential debate. Most expect him to try to turn the attention to Bill Clinton.