The other shoe just dropped.
In a leaked “hot mic” tape recorded in 2005 while Donald Trump was on a publicity tour with Access Hollywood‘s Billy Bush, the Republican nominee for President of the United States can be heard clearly bragging about attempting to seduce a married woman.
“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.”
Later he would up the ante but expressing a willingness to coerce women into engaging in sex with him by using his power. “Grab them by the pussy,” he said. Assuring Bush that it was fine to do this because as a celebrity “you can do anything.”
Only minutes after the leaked tape blew up the internet, Trump released a statement acknowledging that it was really him and it did really happen. He didn’t, however, apologize. What he chose to do instead was unimaginably disgusting.
“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.”
While some reporters were quick to dub this a “rare apology,” you’d be hard pressed to find any remorse in it. “I apologize if anyone was offended” is not an apology. Even more pathetic, Trump’s immediate reaction is to try to smear Bill Clinton. Unlike the tape of Trump, he offers zero evidence for his allegation. We will just have to take the word of Donald Trump – a serial liar whose own lawyers found him to be pathologically dishonest.
The fallout from Trump’s leaked tape is only just beginning. The most heartbreaking part in all of this has to be that the true victim here was and is Melania Trump. At the time he boasted of trying to have sex with a married woman, Trump had only recently married Melania – and she was reportedly about 3 months pregnant with his child.
If my math is correct, Melania was three months pregnant when this audio was recorded
— Pat Dennis (@patdennis) October 7, 2016
Trump is a scumbag.
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