Donald Trump: ‘I was wrong and I apologize’ — but Bill and Hillary Clinton have done worse

Donald Trump: ‘I was wrong and I apologize’ — but Bill and Hillary Clinton have done worse

Trump: "I was wrong and I apologize...(but) Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims."

Trump: “I was wrong and I apologize…(but) Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims.”

Eight hours after the Washington Post released a devastating 2005 tape of Donald Trump using crude language to boast that his celebrity status allowed him to kiss and grope women, the Republican presidential nominee issued a midnight videotape in which he said “I apologize” — then lashed out at Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton.

 

Trump with actress Arianne Zucker and "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush in 2005.

Trump with actress Arianne Zucker and “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush in 2005.

The 2005 tape captures Trump talking to Billy Bush — a cousin to former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and the host of Access Hollywood at the time — about his unsuccessful attempt to have sex with a married woman in Palm Beach. Trump then goes on to say that when he sees attractive women, “I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet…And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p—-. You can do anything.”

 

Shortly after the Post published the video late Friday afternoon, Trump issued a statement dismissing the conversation as “locker room banter” and saying, “I apologize if anyone was offended.”

 

The tape and Trump’s immediate response led to a torrent of criticism from his fellow Republicans. House Speaker Paul Ryan disinvited Trump to a GOP unity event in Wisconsin. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, withdrew his endorsement.

 

Sen. Marco Rubio — who was already distancing himself from Trump as he seeks re-election against Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy — told Twitter followers Friday that Trump’s remarks were “vulgar, egregious & impossible to justify. No one should ever talk about any woman in those terms, even in private.” But Rubio did not withdraw his support for his party’s nominee.

 

Said Jeb Bush, a former GOP primary rival of Trump who has refused to endorse him: “As the grandfather of two precious girls, I find that no apology can excuse away Donald Trump’s reprehensible comments degrading women.”

 

Shortly after midnight, Trump released a brief, videotaped statement addressing the tape.

 

“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. I said it, I was wrong and I apologize,” Trump began.

 

Saying his campaign travels have “changed” and “humbled” him, Trump continued, “I pledge to be a better man tomorrow and will never, ever let you down.”

 

Then Trump pivoted to attack mode.

 

“Let’s be honest. We’re living in the real world. This is nothing more than a distraction from the important issues we are facing today,” Trump said.

 

“Hillary Clinton and her kind have run our country into the ground. 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 and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims. We will discuss this more in the coming days. See you at the debate on Sunday.”

 

 

 

 

 

 




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