It’s been another banner week for Donald Trump. He bragged about manipulating tax laws, implied that soldiers with PTSD aren’t “strong,” urged terminally ill people to “hang out” until Election Day, had his child rape case moved forward, and enlisted Ted Cruz — Ted Cruz! — to help him out. Trump also said his vulgar remarks about women, including calling former Miss Universe Alicia Machado “Miss Piggy,” are for “entertainment” purposes. Well, there’s nothing entertaining about this: the Washington Post obtained a video of Trump saying things like “grab them by the p*ssy” on a hot microphone.
The footage comes from 2005 and shows Trump talking with Access Hollywood host Billy Bush on a bus outside the Days of Our Lives set (he made an appearance on an episode that season). The audio begins with Trump discussing his attempt to seduce an unnamed married woman. “I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it,” he said. “I did try and f*ck her. She was married. And I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, ‘I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture.’ I moved on her like a b*tch, but I couldn’t get there… She’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look.”
Here’s the recording, but obviously, there is a language warning involved.
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Trump later remarked that he’s “automatically attracted to beautiful… 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.” Another voice, possibly Bush’s, added, “Whatever you want.” Trump continued, “Grab them by the p*ssy. You can do anything.”
Shortly after the Post‘s story went live, Trump, who spent last Friday morning tweeting about a fictional sex tape, released a statement. “This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course — not even close,” he wrote. “I apologize if anyone was offended.” Everyone was offended.
This confirms a couple of things many have suspected: 1) Trump does, in fact, say worse things about women off-camera than he does on-camera, and 2) Billy Bush is the absolute worst.
UPDATE: According to the Hollywood Reporter, Access Hollywood anchor Natalie Morales “revealed that Trump was indeed talking about Entertainment Tonight correspondent Nancy O’Dell.” Also, Billy Bush has issued an apology.
Some responses from the Twittersphere…
Billy Bush has already deleted his Twitter, but this tweet remains.
(Via the Washington Post)