Fiasco as 2005 Tape Surfaces of Donald Trump Making Lewd Comments About Women

By Emily Zanotti | 8:22 pm, October 7, 2016

Update, 11:30pm: Donald Trump has issued an apology for his comments, pledging to be a “better man” going forward.

“I’ve said and done things I regret,” he said in a video released on his Facebook page near midnight Saturday morning  “Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.”

Trump immediately jumped on the attack, however, claiming that the audio tape, which caught him describing a sexual assault, was a distraction, and that Bill Clinton is the one to look out for. ‘Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims.”

Update, 9:30pm: Rep. Paul Ryan has disinvited Donald Trump from a planned event in Wisconsin tomorrow.


The Washington Post has unearthed a recording from a 2005 conversation between Donald Trump and Billy Bush, then a host of Access Hollywood, in which the current Republican Presidential nominee talks about using his celebrity to seduce women.

Trump, who has routinely been criticized for his treatment of women, is heard on the tape discussing a failed attempt to sleep with a married woman (“I did try and fuck her. She was married”).

Nancy O'Dell
Nancy O’Dell

Access Hollywood reported Friday evening that the woman Trump was talking about trying to seduce was Access co-host Nancy O’Dell, who is now the co-host of Entertainment Tonight.

In the tape, Trump goes on to lewdly describe how he treats other women who are impressed with his star power. He tells Bush, in the tape, that he can get any woman he wants and that he routinely kisses women without consent.

“When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything,” Trump says.  “Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”

CNN reports that the New York Times will soon release a story that Trump planted an unsolicited kiss on a Miss USA contestant.

Billy Bush, who just recently was appointed a host of the Today show’s 9 o’clock hour, apologized Friday evening for his part in the taped conversation. In the recording, Bush (a cousin of George W. Bush) could be heard cheering on Trump in a juvenile fashion.

Trump also apologized for the statements in a comment released Friday, noting that Bill Clinton, his opponent’s husband, has “said far worse to me on the golf course,” by way of excuse.

Hillary Clinton was quick to jump on Trump’s comments, calling him unfit to be President.

Republicans were mixed in their immediate response to the tape. RNC chairman Reince Priebus issued a statement denouncing Trump’s 2005 comments — though not renouncing his or the RNC’s support for the GOP candidate.

Prominent conservatives acknowledged the comments were problematic — to say the least.

Trump allies quickly tried to downplay Trump’s remarks.

A few social media users pointed out that Rep. Paul Ryan will campaign for Trump tomorrow in Wisconsin — at an event titled “Shared Values.”

The story will no doubt develop ahead of Sunday night’s debate.