A video and audio recording has been leaked that has even the most ardent of Donald Trump’s supporters. The audio recording was captured on a hot microphone as Donald Trump’s bus was rolling into a television studio.
On the audio, Trump talks about the lengths he went to to seduce a married woman. He also speaks with appalling vulgarity about women, and the host of “Access Hollywood.” He was set to appear on “Days of Our Lives.”
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During the banter–a conversation that took place with Billy Bush–Trump can be heard saying he tried to “fuck” an unidentified married woman. He brags about how he is “automatically attracted to beautiful (women).”
Trump then says he just starts “kissing them.” Trump’s advice to Bush seems to expose his tactics for seduction. “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”
The tape was first obtained by The Washington Post, and was delivered by anonymous sources.
Trump–in a wholly uncharacteristic move–issued what could be considered an apology. “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. I apologize if anyone was offended.” Trump said in a statement.
Clinton’s campaign has taken the matter seriously. “This is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president.”
“This is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president,” Clinton tweeted.
Trump’s comments call into question his stance on family values. “I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it,” Trump says. “I did try and fuck her. She was married.” He then adds, “I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married.”
Before Trump left the bus, he sees an actress from the soap opera. “Whoa!” 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.”
Even Trump’s campaign team acknowledges that this is going to pose problems, especially with the next debate scheduled for Sunday night. A source from the Trump campaign told CNN said they were “dumbfounded,” saying the remarks “could be a death knell.”
“I think the next 48 hours will be the most consequential of the entire election. Right here, right now, this is game time,” the source said.
Billy Bush, with whom Trump is conversing, is part of the Bush political family. He hosts The Billy Bush Show, a nationally syndicated radio show, and is the host of Access Hollywood. He’s George H. Bushes nephew.