Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is embroiled in controversy for vulgar remarks about women made 11 years ago. In an open microphone recording, Trump is heard saying that “when you’re a star, they let you do it,” referencing groping women.
The fallout from the Washington Post story was swift. Trump was to campaign today (Saturday) in Wisconsin with house speaker Paul Ryan. Trump’s visit was cancelled.
Late Friday Trump issued an apology for the 2005 statements. Reaction and analysis of the apology has the republican party reeling.
Washington Post: Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005.
[Note: this story contains the video tape recording of the lewd comments made by Donald Trump. It contains vulgar language]
Donald Trump bragged in vulgar terms about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women during a 2005 conversation caught on a hot microphone, saying that “when you’re a star, they let you do it,” according to a video obtained by The Washington Post.
The video captures Trump talking with Billy Bush, then of “Access Hollywood,” on a bus with the show’s name written across the side. They were arriving on the set of “Days of Our Lives” to tape a segment about Trump’s cameo on the soap opera.
Huffington Post: Paul Ryan Responds To Donald Trump’s Misogyny
“I am sickened by what I heard today,” Ryan said through a spokesman, about five hours after The Washington Post published a 2005 recording of Trump boasting of groping women and trying to have sex with a married woman. “Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified. I hope Mr. Trump treats this situation with the seriousness it deserves and works to demonstrate to the country that he has greater respect for women than this clip suggests.
New York Times: Donald Trump’s Apology That Wasn’t
For hours on Friday night, the political world waited for the rarest of expressions from Donald J. Trump — a heartfelt apology.
What viewers got was anything but.
During a 90-second videotaped appearance, Mr. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, offered a strikingly brief articulation of regret for adecade-old audiotape in which he boasted about grabbing women’s genitals and said he could have his way with women because of his fame.
NBC News: Analysis: Deconstructing Donald Trump’s Apology Video
Just after midnight, Donald Trump released a brief video responding to a 2005 video of an Access Hollywood shoot in which he said he used his celebrity status to approach women and “grab ’em by the p—y,” ogled a woman on set, and recounted an unsuccessful attempt at seducing one of the show’s co-hosts.
There’s a lot going in this 90 second statement, so let’s go by it line by line.
Coverage similar to the NY Times and NBC News stories above can be found online.
Here’s the apology video:
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