WATCH: Trump makes lewd comments in leaked tape
A newly released tape obtained by the Washington Post features the Republican candidate for President boasting about groping and kissing women without their consent.
The comments were captured in 2005 by a ‘hot mic’ during a taping of Access Hollywood as Trump was being ferried to a Days of our Lives shoot.
In it, Trump is captured on tape speaking with former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush.
“I moved on her, I’ll admit it, and I failed,” Trump is recorded saying about an anonymous woman.
“I did try and F— her. She was married.”
“I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there and she was married.”
Later, he starts talking about another, apparently nearby woman.
“I better 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. Grab them by the p—y. You can do anything.”
After an initially luke-warm apology dismissing the video as “locker room talk,” the Trump campaign appears to have reassessed the potential damage the leaked video could cause.
Late this evening, Trump issued a video apology over Twitter and Facebook, saying “I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, or pretended to be someone I’m not. 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.”
“I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize,” he adds in an uncharacteristic mea culpa.
Trump goes on to say that the comments in the video don’t reflect who he is, and calling the issue a distraction before calling out Bill Clinton’s history of sex scandals and claiming Hillary Clinton bullies women.
The tape has already drawn condemnation from across the political spectrum.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said he was “sickened” by the comments, calling on Trump to “demonstrate to the country that he has greater respect for women than this clip suggests.”
Ryan has since pulled out of a campaign appearance with the Republican nominee set for tomorrow in Wisconsin.
Trump’s vanquished primary rival Jeb Bush also took to Twitter to condemn the remarks.
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
Across the aisle, Democratic rival Hilary Clinton wasted no time taking advantage of the remarks calling them “horrific.”
Her running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, joined the fray writing “this kind of behavior is disgusting. It makes me sick to my stomach.”
Trump’s attitude towards women has become a key campaign issue, as negative comments and anecdotes pile up.
Last summer he came under fire for attacking Fox News host Megyn Kelly after a GOP debate saying “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her… wherever.”
He also raised eyebrows with comments about his own daughter in an interview with Rolling Stone last September, saying “Yeah, she’s really something, and what a beauty, that one. If I weren’t happily married and, ya know, her father …”
He’s maintained a long running feud with comedian Rosie o’Donnell, referring to her as a fat pig, slob and disgusting animal, adding during the debate “I said very tough things to her and I think everybody would agree that she deserves it.”
And late in the campaign “fat shaming” comments he made about former Miss Universe Alicia Machado have become a campaign issue. Hillary Clinton revived the issue during the debate revealing Trump had called her “Miss Piggy” and “an eating machine.”
Rather than apologize, he doubled down by going on the attack eventually firing off a 3 am tweet storm in which he called her “disgusting.”
Did Crooked Hillary help disgusting (check out sex tape and past) Alicia M become a U.S. citizen so she could use her in the debate?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2016
The string of incidents has been music to the Clinton campaign’s ears, particularly as it seeks to portray the Democratic candidate as a history-making feminist icon.
Last month, it released an ad using Trumps comments to portray the candidate as sexist and hostile to women.