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A 2005 audio which captured US Presidential candidate, Donald Trump talking with Billy Bush, then of “Access Hollywood,” on a bus as they arrived on the set of “Days of Our Lives” to tape a segment about Trump’s cameo on the soap opera, made the rounds online on Friday.
In the audio Donald Trump and Billy Bush were heard making vulgar statements about women and how Donald tried to have sex with a married woman.
Trump Brags About Groping Women in Vulgar Remarks Caught on Tape, Chalks It Up to ‘Locker Room Banter’
In the recording, obtained by The Washington Post, Trump is heard talking about how he tried to have an affair with a married woman and described how he makes moves on women.
“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,” Trump can be heard saying on the tape.
“And when you’re a star they let you do it… You can do anything.”
“Whatever you want,” another voice is heard saying.
“Grab them by the p—-,” Trump says. “You can do anything.”
In the recording, Trump tells then-“Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush about how he tried to have an affair with an unidentified woman.
“I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it,” Trump said. The recording reportedly occurred several months after Trump married his third wife, Melania.
“I did try and f— her. She was married,” he said, going on to say that he took her furniture shopping and then later describing how she had changed her looks.
“I moved on her like a b—-, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married,” he said.
“Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony t— and everything. She’s totally changed her look.”
Trump put out a statement after the recording was released.
“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’s statement reads.
Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, refused to respond to questions at a rally Friday night. But he did say that Trump bounces back from each scandal.
“And invariably, they’ll say, this time we got him. This time we found that there’s another tweet come out or something. This time we got another thing, another issue that’s come forward,” he told the audience. “Then they turn on the next television the next morning, and Donald Trump is still standing stronger than ever before and fighting for the American people. And he is going to fight all the way to the White House.”
ABC News did not immediately receive a response from NBC Universal, which owns “Access Hollywood.”
In a statement to Politico, Bush apologized for the remarks.
“Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed. It’s no excuse, but this happened eleven years ago — I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along. I’m very sorry,” Bush said, according to the site.
The remarks drew fire from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
“As husband & father, these comments make me sick. @realDonaldTrump: real men don’t talk this way. You have no business running for President,” tweeted former Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley.
“I said. I was wrong. And i apologize.” #DonaldTrump // After a video was published late Friday afternoon in which Trump brags about his sexual flirting technique, and after Trump was disinvited from an appearance with #PaulRyan, and after numerous Republicans denounced Trump’s remarks, Trump has released a late night video statement on his remarks. In the video, he said: “I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone I am not. I’ve said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than a decade old video are one of them. Anyone who knows me, knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.”
After the video was released online, both Donald Trump and Billy Bush made statements to apologize for their vulgar language.
Speaker of the House, Republican, Paul Ryan who was supposed to be on a Presidential campaign with Trump and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, in Wisconsin, condemned Trump’s statements on the tape and disinvited him to the presidential campaign.
Following sharp criticism by Republican leaders, Trump issued another short video statement saying, “I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.”
But he also called the revelation “a distraction from the issues we are facing today.
He said that his “foolish” words are much different than the words and actions of Bill Clinton, whom he accused of abusing women, and Hillary Clinton, whom he accused of having “bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims.”
“I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not. I’ve said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than a decade-old video are one of them. Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am,”