Trump’s crude boasts of grop­ing women sur­face

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND ELECTION 2016 - By David A. Fahrenthold As­so­ci­ated Press con­trib­uted.

Don­ald Trump­bragged in vul­gar terms about kiss­ing, grop­ing and try­ing to have sex with women dur­ing a 2005 con­ver­sa­tion caught on a hot mi­cro­phone — say­ing that “when you’re a star they let you do it” — ac­cord­ing to a video ob­tained by The Wash­ing­ton Post.

In a video­taped state­ment broad­cast early to­day, Trump re­pu­di­ated his 2005 state­ments, say­ing that he has grown be­yond them and apol­o­giz­ing for their crude­ness. He said he had changed and that there would be fur­ther dis­cus­sion.

The video cap­tures Trump talk­ing with Billy Bush of “Ac­cess Hol­ly­wood” on a bus. They were ar­riv­ing on the set of “Days of Our Lives” to tape a seg­ment about Trump’s up­com­ing cameo on the soap opera.

The tape ob­tained by the Post in­cludes au­dio of Bush and Trump’s con­ver­sa­tion in­side the bus, as well as au­dio and video once they emerge from it to be­gin shoot­ing the seg­ment.

In that au­dio, Trump dis­cusses a failed at­tempt to se­duce a woman, whose full name is not given.

“I moved on her, and I failed. I’ll ad­mit it,” Trump is heard say­ing.

It was un­clear when the events he was de­scrib­ing took place. The tape was recorded sev­eral months af­ter he mar­ried his third wife, Me­la­nia.

“Whoa,” an­other voice said.

“I did try and f--- her. She was mar­ried,” Trump says.

Trump con­tin­ues: “And 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.’ ”

“I moved on her like a Don­ald Trump said in a 2005 video that “when you’re a star ... you can do any­thing” to women. bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was mar­ried,” Trump says.

At one point in the au­dio, Trump and Bush ap­pear to no­tice Ari­anne Zucker, the ac­tress who is wait­ing to es­cort them into the soap opera set.

“Your girl’s hot as s---, in the pur­ple,” says Bush, who’s now a co-host of NBC’s “To­day” show.

“Whoa!” Trump “Whoa!”

“I’ve gotta use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kiss­ing her,” Trump says. “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,” Trump says. “You can do any­thing.”

“What­ever you want,” says an­other voice, ap­par­ently Bush’s.

“Grab them by the p---y,” Trump says. “You can do any­thing.”

Natalie Mo­rales of “Ac­cess Hol­ly­wood” said a story by The As­so­ci­ated Press about Trump’s be­hav­ior as star of “The Ap­pren­tice” led to its de­ci­sion to dig through its archives and turn up the damn­ing footage of the GOP pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee.

The AP re­ported this week that Trump re­peat­edly de­meaned women with sex­ist lan­guage dur­ing his years says. on the show.

“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,” Trump said in a state­ment. “I apol­o­gize if any­one was of­fended.”

Af­ter the video ap­peared on­line Fri­day af­ter­noon, Repub­li­cans and Democrats alike quickly de­nounced Trump.

Demo­cratic nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton wrote on Twit­ter: “This is hor­rific. We can­not al­low this man to be­come pres­i­dent.”

Repub­li­can Na­tional Chair­man Reince Priebus, who has stood by Trump un­crit­i­cally through nu­mer­ous con­tro­ver­sies, said in a state­ment: “No woman should ever be de­scribed in these terms or talked about in this man­ner. Ever.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has had a rocky re­la­tion­ship with Trump, said he was “sick­ened” by the GOP nom­i­nee’s com­ments. In a state­ment late Fri­day, Ryan an­nounced Trump will no longer be at­tend­ing an an­nual, all-GOP fall fes­ti­val in Wis­con­sin on Satur­day. Repub­li­can strate­gists warned that the new rev­e­la­tions would likely hurt Trump, es­pe­cially with women vot­ers. Mean­while, vul­ner­a­ble GOP down-bal­lot can­di­dates and sit­ting law­mak­ers ei­ther sought to dis­tance them­selves quickly or re­mained silent.

“His com­ments are to­tally in­ap­pro­pri­ate and of­fen­sive,” said New Hamp­shire Repub­li­can Sen. Kelly Ay­otte, who is locked in one of the most com­pet­i­tive Se­nate races in the coun­try.

The tape ob­tained by the Post seems to have captured Trump in a pri­vate mo­ment with no au­di­ence be­yond Bush and a few oth­ers. It ap­pears to have been shot around Septem­ber 16, 2005.

EVAN VUCCI/AP

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