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Trump Apologizes for Vulgar Comments About Women Recorded in 2005

NBC NEWS

Donald Trump late Friday apologized for crude comments he made about women in 2005, saying in a video posted online that “I said it, I was wrong and I apologize.”

The comments recorded on a hot mic sparked a firestorm of criticism from fellow Republicans. “I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not,” Trump said.

“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,” Trump said in the video statement.

“Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong and I apologize,” he said.

Sources told NBC News earlier that various advisers and senior campaign officials argued to the candidate that Trump should go beyond his initial written statement in an effort to more clearly apologize for his words in advance of Sunday’s debate.

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An interview or phone call to a program was also considered but the brevity and control of a planned message became the chosen option. It was decided that Trump should be the “sole messenger” and that a video could be “exactly as he wanted.”

The 2005 recording shows Trump talking about groping and kissing women — “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything,” he said — and describing trying to seduce a married woman.

The comments, recorded by a hot mic on an “Access Hollywood” bus, sparked sharp criticism from fellow Republicans when audio was published Friday.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement: “No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever.”

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Trump repeated some campaign talking points in the video he released, and said “I pledge to be a better man tomorrow, and will never ever let you down.”

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

He then repeated an earlier written statement that pointed to Bill Clinton’s scandals, and said Hillary Clinton “has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan said he was “sickened” by Trump’s comments on women, and announced the nominee would no longer attend a high-profile scheduled event with Ryan and Priebus in Wisconsin on Saturday.

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah, withdrew his endorsement for Trump Friday. “I’m out,” Chaffetz told CNN.

KELLY O’DONNELL

9 thoughts on “Trump Apologizes for Vulgar Comments About Women Recorded in 2005

  1. I am not a Trump supporter and would never vote for him and I agree his remarks were horrible.However, I would like to ask all those who said they would not accept his apology if they accepted Bill Clinton’s apology for actually abusing a woman in the White House when he was president? I am a woman and to me, what Bill Clinton did is a heck of a lot worse!

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      1. Lewinski was a young, naive “star struck” girl! Bill took advantage of this. You didn’t bring up the other women Bill has abused. One accusing him of rape! These charges are not something the Trump campaign “dug up” to “get” Bill. . They were all covered by the national news media and verified. Again, I cannot see the comparison of Trumps remarks to actual physical assault by a sitting president. I’m so tired of trash talk like this taking time away from the very serious issues in America that need to be addressed by BOTH candidates! I voted for Bill Clinton and I am ashamed!

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  2. He says “Let’s be honest, we’re living in the real world….” BS !!!! we do, he lives in a world all his own and that is a huge difference. How many more preposterous remarks has he made that may surface…
    ……………worse yet, we’ll never hear about.

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  3. Obviously the “apology” is being read from a prompt – he’s not in it. However, and get this, if you’ve ever lived and worked in the real world of “blue collar” level, you’ll immediately be struck by how much Trump’s behavior and words reflect the “common man” in shops and on the street. That is exactly how men think and talk about women – I’ve spent my entire life in that world. Trump is still “touching” home base to the male ego. Women may dislike what they hear from Trump but when a Jason Chaffetz says, “That’s it, I’m out” that’s pure hypocrisy for brownie points on CNN. Take him out back with a beer and a joint and listen to the other side talking. Donald Trump is the most representative of “America” of any of their politicians. America deserves him so much. He’s America’s avatar. The problem with hating Trump is, you cannot hate Trump and like America at the same time. Trump is America while Hilary is Globalism. For any woman who thinks Hilary is a feminist, well, as Jon Rappoport would say, I’ve got a golf course for sale on Venus.

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  4. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    This is NOT an apology!! No self-respecting woman would ever accept it. I don’t … the recorded so-called apology is an warning, an attack on things to come during the coming debate …. He surely makes my skin crawl and he surely doesn’t have (never has) my vote!!
    I’m not a ‘happy’ woman …..

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    1. No, I think “I did it, I was wrong, and I apologize” does count as apology, since it’s not one of those “sorry anyone got offended” fake apologies (and I think he tried that earlier, too).
      However, that apology may be too little, and won’t possibly undo what he said.

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    2. I can NOT accept an apology for any act that has been knowingly and intentionally committed.
      Those kinds of “apologies” are simply “Oh Shits” for getting caught!

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