The fallout is the latest following publication of a 2005 “hot mic” conversation between Trump and Billy Bush, who was then a host of celebrity show “Access Hollywood.”
The video not only shows Trump at his worst, but it’s rich with hypocrisy. On the eve of the next presidential debate Sunday (Oct. 9), Trump has been threatening to bring up former President Bill Clinton’s indiscretions.
The media and establishment want me out of the race so badly – I WILL NEVER DROP OUT OF THE RACE, WILL NEVER LET MY SUPPORTERS DOWN! #MAGA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2016
It also confirms claims by former Miss Universe Alicia Machado and others who spoke out about Trump’s sexism and misogyny. Trump was able to deflect their criticism, but not this time.
He vulgarly boasted about how he used his “celebrity” to take advantage of women in the crudest way. “When you’re a star, they let you do it,” according to a video obtained by The Washington Post.
“Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything,” he crowed.
“Whatever you want,” said Bush eagerly.
Trump also bragged about trying to seduce a married woman… without luck.
“I did try and f-ck her. She was married,” Trump said.
“I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, ‘I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture.’”
Trump was married to his third and current wife Melania at the time.
The reaction has been swift and damning. More than 30 former Republican congressmen have disavowed his campaign and the list is growing.
Schwarzenegger, the former Governor of California, is one of the most high-profile Republicans to drop his support.
He urged Republicans to choose “your country over your party.”
“As proud as I am to label myself a Republican, there is one label that I hold above all else – American.
Here’s his statement full statement:
“For the first time since I became a citizen in 1983, I will not vote for the Republican candidate for President. Like many Americans, I’ve been conflicted by this election — I still haven’t made up my mind how exactly I will vote next month. I have been a proud Republican since I moved to America in 1968 and heard Nixon’s words about getting the government off our backs, free trade, and defending our liberty with a strong military. That day I joined the party of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan. But as proud as I am to label myself a Republican, there is one label that I hold above all else — American. So I want to take a moment today to remind my fellow Republicans that it is not only acceptable to choose your country over your party — it is your duty.”
Schwarzenegger has his own sordid past. He father a secret child with the family maid while married to Maria Shriver, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy’s sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
In that sense, Trump’s campaign has been trying to minimize the conversation as just idle locker room talk.
Trump has since apologized for his remarks, although he mentioned Clinton’s indiscretions, again, and vowed to talk more about them, possibly at the debate.
For his part, Bush has apologized as well.
“Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed. It’s no excuse, but this happened eleven years ago — I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along. I’m very sorry,” he said in a statement.
Some Republicans have urged Trump to drop out of the race. But he replied that there is “zero chance” of that happening.
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