Donald Trump Apologizes for Lewd Remarks: ‘I Pledge to Be a Better Man’

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Donald Trump released a video on Friday saying that he has “said and done things I regret” and apologized for lewd comments he made about women in a 2005 conversation with then-“Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush.

The “Access Hollywood” video was leaked to the Washington Post, which published its contents on Friday. Trump’s comments drew condemnation from GOP leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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In his video, released by the campaign just after midnight on Saturday, Trump said that “anyone who knows me knows that these words don’t reflect who I am.” “I pledge to be a better man tomorrow, and will never, ever let you down,” he adds.

In his 90-second video, Trump said that he has “never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not. I’ve said some things that I regret and the words released today on this more-than-a-decade-old video are one of them.” He added that he was “wrong and I apologize.”

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But he said that the controversy over his 2005 remarks was a “distraction.”

He then turned to attacking Hillary and Bill Clinton.

“I’ve said some foolish things, but there’s a big difference between the words and actions of other people,” he said. “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.”

Trump’s campaign posted his apology on Facebook and on Twitter.

What’s unclear is if the video will satisfy the calls by Ryan, McConnell and others for contrition. Some Republicans are calling on the party to abandon Trump. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) issued an angry message in response, calling Trump himself a “distraction” and asking him to step aside. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) withdrew his endorsement.

But even if Trump were to step aside — and his statement didn’t give any indication that he was even entertaining the thought — the deadline has passed in a number of states to get his name off the ballot.

The story about the “Access Hollywood” video was published mid-afternoon by the Post. According to the Post, reporter David Fahrenthold got a tip on Friday morning about the “Access Hollywood” footage, and a source sent it to him. He raced to post it online, as “Access” and NBC News, which also were preparing stories.

On CNN, Ana Navarro, a GOP consultant who has been critical of Trump, lashed out at a Trump surrogate who objected to her using the word “pussy,” a word Trump had used in the leaked video. “Don’t tell me you’re offended when I say pussy and you’re not offended when Donald Trump says it!” Navarro said angrily. “I’m not running for president. He is.”

The Post said that the story was the most concurrently viewed story in the history of its website, with 100,000 people reading it at the same time at one point on Friday.

The “Nancy” who Trump was referring to in the 2005 clip was Nancy O’Dell, then the co-host of “Access Hollywood.” along with Billy Bush. Bush exchanges comments with Trump in the video.  TMZ reported in 2007 that Trump tried to drop O’Dell as a co-host of the Miss USA pageant that year because she was pregnant, but he was overruled by NBC. A source also confirmed that account to Variety on Friday. Trump at the time owned the Miss Universe Organization.

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  1. Pete says:

    Bahahahaha! If “insincerity” had a pic, Trump’s face will be smack dab front and center.

  2. Plato says:

    Do you really think this latest Trump outrage is any more outrageous than the last 9 months of being outraged by what Trump has willing said publicly? Nope. But “locker room” banter is live bait for something the GOP can now really sink their teeth into – pornography. Trump’s unedited comments were pornographic, and that’s something GOP leadership can now use to run away from him at light speed. This time Trump wasn’t just kidding, or had a bad mic, or bad earpiece, or whatever ridiculous excuse he can come up with to redirect attention away from his disgusting, racist, misogynistic, and un-American behavior. It’s so real this time Trump had to do the unthinkable in his world – apologize. But don’t think for one second Trump will ever, EVER, change his stripes. Trump is a despicable human being, a bottom feeder, ready, willing, able, and even taking pleasure and pride in taking money from anyone and everyone he can swindle. He said it best in the debate. Not paying federal taxes is “smart”. How smart would it be for America if none of us paid federal taxes? No military, no law enforcement, no firefighters, no roads, no bridges, no water, no sewage treatment, no infrastructure, no NOTHING! If you think that’s smart please leave the country. Now. In this election Clinton is worrisome, but Trump is just really, really, scary. Since there’s no third choice, the first choice is clear. Let’s avoid WWIII and just suck it up and vote for Clinton. You don’t have tell anybody.

  3. Bill B. says:

    It’s too late. How many times in modern history have newscasts and written articles when speaking/writing about a presidential candidate start off with a warning about what you are about to hear or read?!

  4. Spread the truth. Trump is not Lewd. People against him are lewd. The word “lewd” is from the Saxon, and means properly “ignorant,” “unlearned,” and hence low, vicious (Acts 17:5). KJV.

    • Robert says:

      “It is hard for you to kick against the pricks” (Act 9:5, 24:14)

      • Saul was kicking against God’s people. The Lord came to him telling him to stop. People are kicking against trump. Muslims are against trump. They are workers of iniquity.

    • Dunstan says:

      artie, spare us your right wing b.s. Drumpf is the most dangerous man in America, not currently behind bars. He is a racist, a bully, a misogynist and a con-man. He knows nothing about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, world affairs, domestic policy or anything else outside his real estate bubble – a bubble built on fraud.

      He is the worst presidential candidate in my lifetime and he will NEVER be elected. There will be NO Fourth Reich.

      • BillUSA says:

        You are a fool to believe he is worse than Clinton. Your comment sounds like it came from someone who contributed to her campaign. All I can say is if she gets in and you’re attending the removal of Old Glory from the top of the White House ceremony a few years from now, don’t go crying to anyone because fools like yourself are the grease in guides of the proverbial guillotine that killed the country you have no respect for but have trouble leaving.

  5. DIANNA TATTA says:

    anything* is being done to discredit* trump! wake up people! trump didn’t say anything different* than 98%****of men say (under their breath on a daily* basis!) everyone* knows this* and men are men and their* feelings never change since adam & eve!** everyone* acting as if so**shocked but wonder what is said in their* home and private affairs! clinton aired* his dirty laundry in front**of the entire**nation and didn’t just **talk**about it! presidents**throughout history**of the u.s. have done worse**! every woman out there acting as if**they never**encountered such? really? fess up! shame, shame, men and women have had these goings-ons**since the beginning of time! if**the united states government made public**all the encounters* the men and**women working for the government has had since day one–nothing new* to talk about! corruption* is the standard**for everyday life and no one** is innocent! everyone**check**their own closets and see if they want it **public!– thanks,*** dianna

    • stevensj64 says:

      You may be OK voting for a sexual predator, but no-on with a sense of decency or a parent with daughters will be. If 98% of the men you know behave in this way you need to look closely at the company you keep.

      • BillUSA says:

        You speak of decency as if Clinton is without fault. How do people like you sleep at night? Denial? Drugs? Narcissism? Stupidity?

  6. Joe Paoff says:

    The same people who gave Bill Clinton a pass for his oral and humidifier sexcapades in the White house, and his rape accusers , his hanging out with a convicted pedophile and numerous trips on his plane and visits to his private isle of underage girls are now so eager to jump on Trumps locker room guy talk. This is hypocrisy at it’s greatest especially in light of , entertainment like Rap music, fifty shades of grey, Sex in the City, etc .

    • stevensj64 says:

      Risible attempt to defend the indefensible. No right-minded person with an ounce of decency could vote for a man who boasts about being a sexual predator.

  7. Jill says:

    As big an ass as Trump is, the fact that Clinton is only leading by two points says a LOT about her.

    • TheKitmeister says:

      Trump is like PT Barnum – he runs a circus. But when his circus leaves town, there are new hi-rises, hotels and golf courses. When the Clintons leave town, there are dead bodies, lies and lots of missing money.

  8. Carl says:

    Pledges to be a better man. Toooooooooooooooo LATE !!!

  9. We're Not Buying It says:

    Once a short-fingered vulgarian, always a short-fingered vulgarian.

  10. Lee says:

    Occupy certainly was right about the 1%. To a person of at least normal intelligence, this obviously isn’t a battle between left and right any longer. This is a battle between the globalist 1%ers who infest both parties, their financial ties that are more important to them than any appeal to patriotism or America, their frantic quest to maintain their power and the vast majority of Americans who are being laid low by globalism. They literally own the media who does their bidding daily. They want their rape of America and it’s citizens to continue through open borders that drive wages down, prices up and the continuation of shipping businesses and jobs overseas in order to get that last penny in profit while they literally gut this country and it’s people. Their owned MSM will stop at nothing. Digging up male small talk to try and counter the wholesale corruption of our government under obama and hillary is meant to influence the weak minded who have no concept or care of what the proggresives are doing to America. The fact that the globalist 1%ers MSM has been trying to put Trump away for so long and cannot do it shows just how deeply the aware and informed in America have come to despise them. This is the explanation for the never Trump GOP elites, the MSM and the corrupt DNC agreeing on electing corrupt hillary, laid bare.

  11. hmstrung123 says:

    so many sexually liberated and progressive folks have become ever so prudish. Folks want to hang their boobies out to breastfeed, want to talk about what they do in the bedroom all the time or how they want to go to the bathroom, and in this tinder age…wow!

  12. Lisa says:

    Loose lips sink ships.
    I think to be a better man, he needs some serious therapy. Or maybe to lose the presidential election to a woman. lol

  13. Appalled But Not Surprised says:

    This bankruptcy expert is not making America great again…he’s dragging it into the gutter. If you think this leaked Billy Bush audio/video was bad, just try listening to him on Howard Stern’s show…he talked about women like they were slabs of meat.

    • Bill Wally says:

      What an idiotic thought-Trump dragging America into the gutter!
      Barry the Fairy ( apologies to the Most Dangerous Faggot-Milo :) and Hitlery have been in charge of American power-not Trump, genius.
      At least Trump says he will put the interests of AMERICANS first-not Mexico or Iran-as the incompetent ‘leadership’ that apologizes for America and bows to foreign leaders does.

    • hmstrung123 says:

      Women never, ever talk about men objectively either, now do they? Geez, I wonder what the whole Sex in the City series was all about.

  14. Jaddy Baddy says:

    Y’all remember when Trump told us
    he thought his military themed
    prep school really Was the military?
    Trump actually thought he was
    In the Army.

    That ain’t the last time Trump got
    confuseled. One night Trump got so
    drunk Melania had to put him to
    bed. The next day, when Trump woke
    up in black pajamas, the dumb sob
    thought he was a Viet Cong!

    Not only does he imagine he’s
    president, he wants us to imagine
    he’s president, too.

  15. jack says:

    ok…now where is the article from Variety breaking today that Hillary wants open borders..where is it?
    I’ll be looking for it.

    • Fred Johnson says:

      Wont ever see it. Liberals want to hear things that aren’t important… like decades old quotes from another time.

  16. Collins says:

    I believe Trump over anything Clinton says. Both are disgusting candidates.

  17. Bas says:

    Hilary Clinton is win in both polls, demographic, and debates he had to do this to feel “human” to get votes.I guess Donald Trump is not that stupid as we all thought.

  18. Patricia wertman says:

    Donald was 60 years old. He wants us to believe after being that way for all those years and now he has changes after a year of meeting with the people during his campaign. What a con man. I would like to know his wife and daughters thoughts on his comments

    • hmstrung123 says:

      I suppose its much like deceased Democrat Robert KKK Byrd, which the Dems wholeheartedly welcomed as a changed man.

  19. News : Rich men get to have their way with younger women…….. who knew ?

    Oh, I see Sean Penn has a new girlfriend. Less than half his own age. Its almost like what trump said is……true ??

  20. I am glad Trump is willing to issue an apology for these lewd comments, even still these comments could have lasting effects for his campaign. It may be too late for him to turn this around.

  21. mitch owens says:

    See once Trump gets in the white house. He will launch and INDEPENDENT investigator into the Clintons corruption and put them in jail where they belong!

  22. mitch owens says:

    Loco 73. Another stupid idiot!! Probably an illegal alien. So all you crooked Hillary supporters do not seem to care about whether someone who is running for the highest office should be in jail right next to her husband. Corruption, lies, adultery are ok though!? The Hollywood bigots do not care about America. They are out of touch with the world. they work and live in fantasy world. When things get out of hand in this country. they will just hop on their private jets and fly to another country and stay there. I could care less Trump said 11 years ago!! At least he did not rape them or grouped them, Or had sex in the white house when his wife was away. That is ok though right? Idiots.So kiss my AS….

    • Miles Below says:

      Trump was accused by his first wife of raping her while they were married. She eventually dropped the charges, but the accusation is a matter of public record.

      Also, I’m guessing that you are okay with Paula Dean’s racist comments a few years ago.

      Words are words, true, but the intention behind them is what makes this a relevant story.

      • hmstrung123 says:

        since when did progressives believe that accusations equaled guilt? Does due process actually only apply to a certain segment of society?

  23. JOE S HILL says:

    If the liberal media seriously thinks that it can try to destroy and derail Donald Trump with this bullshit scandal,that was clearly used as a deliberate attack to destroy the Republican hopeful,then it’s just so blatant and ill-timed,and i don’t care what he said or thought,because whoever leaked this video obviously intended to use it as a weapon to discredit and disgrace Mr Trump to generate sympathy for Hillary Clinton’s run for President,and if we voters are suddenly supposed to stop showing our support all because of this leaked piece of bullshit,then laters with them-it won’t work! if this is what the liberal media is all about,then they’ve made the dangerous mistake of underestimating the resolve of the conservative voters,who won’t be stopped by this latest scandal,because this vote will be fought to the death,before a real winner is declared!

  24. DCJ says:

    People have made their minds up. The MSM isn’t going to sway to many voters. The choice is a non-PC shoot-straight-from-the-hip crass Man or a Libya Gun running, Benghazi creagting, American swindling, National Security selling Sick Old-Bat.

  25. loco73 says:

    Donald Trump Apologizes for Lewd Remarks: ‘I Pledge to Be a Better Man’

    Sure you are Donald! And I pledge not to give a rat’s ass on your pledge!

  26. Frank McLaughlin says:

    Trump is exactly what Robert De Niro says he is…“blatantly stupid,” “a punk” a “bulls–t artist” and a “con”. What an embarrassment that America has come down to this with a pig and a dog like this as a choice for President. As for this fake apology, I’ve seen 2nd graders read a script off a page more fluently.

  27. Al Case says:

    This is nothing but a huge distraction by the left. It will backfire. The choice is clear for voters: 4 to 8 years of Trump (or) 50 to 100 years of Obama II. Think about it.

    • loco73 says:

      50-100 years of Obama II?!?! Damn, I didn’t know that Hillary Clinton was a mutant with a long lifespan as well!!!! Thanks for putting things into perspective…and making me “think about it”….

  28. JE Vizzusi says:

    “Did anyone notice the Giant “VERIZON” Sponsored Tour Sign on the bus? I wonder how they feel with this kind of language coming out of their financial sponsorship and advertising even though it was a decade ago!

  29. ron says:

    “He that is without sin, let him cast the first stone”!

    • loco73 says:

      Well, we all have sinned and done and said some dumb shit in our lives, but not all of us are candidates for the position of President of the United States…

  30. JE Vizzusi says:

    The worse Video I have ever seen shot of a Presidential Candidate! Trump is also the worse Teleprompter Reader ever. He comes off exactly as he really is, a sexist! Next will probably be all his Howard Stern Interviews. He is doomed simply because half the vote in America is Female. And lets not forget the Hispanics, Blacks and everyone else he has pissed off. He has a large contingent for sure but many are as deplorable as he is. The best the GOP has left is to try to save the majority House and Senate from this sinking ship.

  31. How many times has the campaign promised the electorate a better trump… more thoughtfiul, mature, coherent, refined, “presidential”

    And just yesterday he was musing about not accepting the election results if he lost.

    He’d a disgrace..

  32. The 2005 vid reveals the real trump we’ve come to know;

    — a vulgar objectifier of women: either “pigs” or “pu88y”
    — an arrested adolescent
    — and entitled elite who thinks he is above accountability
    — a fragile ego dangerously overcompensating with “big man” talk.

    Get him outta here..

  33. cadavra says:

    Only Trump could take an apology for bad behavior toward women and turn it into an attack on Hillary. No sane person believes that he’s even the tiniest bit contrite, much less that he would ever change.

  34. 333maxwell says:

    “I’ve spent time with grieving mothers who have lost their children”

    It would behoove Mr Trump at this juncture to stay far far away from women in general.

  35. The people against Trump are Lewd. Lay off of Trump. The word “lewd” is from the Saxon, and means properly “ignorant,” “unlearned,” and hence low, vicious (Acts 17:5).

  36. What a hypocrite. If he is our president, I will be horrified.

  37. Pl says:

    Trump’s face says it all…in his 90 second video, he appears to project so much anger! He is as disingenuous as possible…I still am offended, and I am going to vote for Sec. Clinton, no matter what happens at the debates…

  38. vet says:

    so fake… just go away

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