Donald Trump is heard using vulgar terms about having sex with women in a 2005 video, as he was talking with Billy Bush for an “Access Hollywood” segment about Trump’s upcoming cameo on “Days of Our Lives.”
The video, obtained by the Washington Post, captures a bus rolling up to the set of the NBC soap opera, but a conversation between Trump and Bush is caught on audio.
In their chat, Trump talks about an attempt to seduce a woman, but not succeeding at it.
“I did try and f— her. She was married,” Trump said. At the time of the “Access Hollywood” taping, Trump was married to current wife Melania, but it is unclear when the incident that he was describing took place.
The woman being spoken about was later identified as Nancy O’Dell, Bush’s “Access Hollywood” co-host in 2005.Trump and Bush then discuss a second woman, Arianne Zucker — an actress on “Days of Our Lives.” “Sheesh, your girl’s hot as s—. In the purple,” Bush says about the woman that Trump would be sharing scenes with.
“Whoa! Whoa!” Trump says.
“Yes, the Donald has scored,” Bush says.
Trump adds, “I’ve gotta use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”
“And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything.”
“Whatever you want,” someone else, possibly Bush, says.
“Grab them by the p—-,” Trump says. “You can do anything.”
In a statement, Trump said, “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.”
Representatives for NBCUniversal, which produces “Access Hollywood,” did not immediately return a request for comment.
In a statement, Bush said, “Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed. It’s no excuse, but this happened 11 years ago — I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along. I’m very sorry.”
Bush hosted the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants multiple times when Trump owned the organization that stages the events.
This is the latest of Trump’s comments that have become an issue in the campaign. The Associated Press published a story earlier this week in which crew members from “The Apprentice” recounted that Trump made lewd comments about women on the set. The campaign called the claims “outlandish, unsubstantiated, and totally false.”
In an interview with a Las Vegas TV station on Wednesday, Trump was asked about whether his comments could be hurtful to girls struggling with body image.
“Sure I do. And you know, a lot of this is done in the entertainment business,” Trump said. “I’m being interviewed for ‘Apprentice’ long before I ever thought in terms of running for office.” He said that “a lot of that was done for the purpose of entertainment,” but “nobody has more respect for women than I do.”
Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, said in a statement, “No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever.”
Hillary Clinton described the recording as “horrific.”
“This is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president,” Clinton tweeted.
This is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president. https://t.co/RwhW7yeFI2
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 7, 2016
Bush’s cousin, Jeb Bush, who Trump defeated in the GOP primary, tweeted out a comment as well. “As the grandfather of two precious girls, I find that no apology can excuse away Donald Trump’s reprehensible comments degrading women,” he wrote.
As the grandfather of two precious girls, I find that no apology can excuse away Donald Trump's reprehensible comments degrading women.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) October 7, 2016