US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has issued an apology following the release of a video in which he brags about groping and trying to have sex with women.
The lewd comments were made 11 years ago, with Trump seemingly unaware he was being recorded while on his way to a television taping with a celebrity gossip television show.
He issued the apology after The Washington Post revealed the video of Trump caught on a hot mic while talking with Billy Bush of Access Hollywood.
The video includes Trump bragging that he had “moved” on a married woman “very heavily,” and then saying he was rebuffed.
This is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president. https://t.co/RwhW7yeFI2
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 7, 2016
Sorry Deplorables. He’s not only an a-hole he cheats on his wife too. https://t.co/myrxzb2Vxr
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) October 7, 2016
Trump is heard saying he “did try and f*** her,” referring to an unknown woman. He also used graphic terms to describe the woman’s body.
After Trump and Bush notice Arianne Zucker, an actress on Days of Our Lives, Bush makes a comment about her being “hot as s***”.
Trump says, “I’ve gotta 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.”
WARNING: OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE
“And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything.”
“Whatever you want,” someone else, possibly Bush, says.
In his apology Trump referred to the statements as “locker room banter”, but maintained they amounted to “nothing more than a distraction”.
The conversation was private and took place many years ago, he added.
He argued that his words were not nearly as egregious as former president Bill Clinton’s extramarital affairs.
“I was wrong and I apologise,” Mr Trump said in a video he posted on social media.
“I pledge to be a better man tomorrow and will never, ever let you down.
“I’ve said some foolish things, but there’s a big difference between the words and actions of other people. Bill Clinton has actually abused women.”
“Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course – not even close,” he said. “I apologise if anyone was offended.”
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Twitter, “This is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president.”
🚽Is Beyond Scumbag Carny Barker ‼️”You can do anything to
Women when you’re famous”
“I Grabbed her By The🐈”
JESUS‼️WE R HUMAN BEINGS‼️
— Cher (@cher) October 7, 2016
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 7, 2016
The full transcript
Trump: “You know and I moved on her actually. You know she was down on Palm Beach.”
Unknown: “She used to be great. She’s still very beautiful.”
Trump: “I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it. I did try and f**k her. She was married.”
Unknown: “That’s huge news.”
Trump: “No, no. Nancy. No this was …”
Trump: “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.’”
Trump: “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.”
Bush: “Sheesh, your girl’s hot as s**t. In the purple. Whoa, the Donald is good! Whoa, my man!”
Trump: “Look at you. You are a p***y.”
Trump: “Maybe it’s a different one.”
Bush: “It better not be the publicist. No, it’s her. It’s her.”
Trump: “Yeah, that’s her, with the gold.”
Trump: “I’ve gotta 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.”
Unknown, but apparently Bush: “Whatever you want.”
Trump: “Grab them by the p***y. You can do anything.”
Trump: “Oh, nice legs, huh?”
Bush: “Oof, get out of the way, honey. Oh, that’s good legs. Go ahead.”
Trump: “It’s always good if you don’t fall out of the bus. Like Ford. Gerald Ford, remember?”
Bush: “Down below. Pull the handle.”
Trump: “Hello. How are you? Hi.”
Days Of Our Lives star Arianne Zucker: “Hi Mr. Trump. How are you? Pleasure to meet you.”
Trump: “Nice Seeing you. Terrific, terrific. You know Billy Bush?”
Bush: “Hello, nice to see you. How you doing, Arianne?”
Zucker: “I’m doing very well, thank you. [To Trump] Are you ready to be a soap star?”
Trump: “We’re ready. Let’s go. Make me a soap star.”
Bush: “How about a little hug for the Donald? He just got off the bus.”
Zucker: “Would you like a little hug, darling?”
Trump: “Absolutely. Melania said this was OK.”
Bush: “How about a little hug for the Bushy? I just got off the bus. Here we go. Excellent. Well, you’ve got a nice co-star here.”
Trump: “Good. After you.”
Trump: “Come on, Billy, don’t be shy.”
Bush: “As soon as a beautiful woman shows up, he just takes off. This always happens.”
Zucker: “I’m sorry. Come here.”
Bush: “Let the little guy in here, come on.”
Zucker: “Yeah, let the little guy in. How you feel now? Better? I should actually be in the middle.”
Bush: “It’s hard to walk next to a guy like this. Yeah, you get in the middle. There we go.”
Trump: “Good. That’s better.”
Zucker: “This is much better. This is —”
Trump: “That’s better.”
Bush: “Now if you had to choose, honestly, between one of us: me or the Donald?”
Trump: “I don’t know, that’s some tough competition.”
Bush: “Seriously, you had to take one of us as a date.”
Zucker: “I’ll have to take the fifth on that one.”
Zucker: “Yup. I’ll take you both.”
Trump: “Which way?”
Zucker: “Make a right. Here we go.”
Bush: “Here he goes. I’m gonna leave you here. Give me my microphone.”
Trump: “OK. OK. Oh, you’re finished?”
Bush: “You’re my man. Yeah.”
Trump: “Oh, good.”
Gotta be a typo. Pretty sure Hillary said “This is terrific!” https://t.co/ial0tP0Gzh
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) October 7, 2016
Hey, Donald! Did you kiss your mother with that mouth?
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 8, 2016