WASHINGTON, DC (CBS4)– Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has dismissed what is being called a lewd conversation recorded in 2005 in which he bragged about grabbing, kissing and trying to have sex with women, as “locker room banter.”
In a statement released Friday afternoon, 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.”
The video was obtained by The Washington Post and shows Trump talking with Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush on a bus as it pulled into a studio lot where Trump was scheduled to appear on a soap opera.
The two were captured on a microphone that was being recorded even though camera crews were not taping the conversation visually. They were discussing how Trump attempted to “move on” an actress who later makes an appearance on the video.
“I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it,” Trump said on the bus.
“Whoa,” said another voice, presumably belonging to Bush, now the co-host of NBC News’ “Today Show.”
“And I moved on her very heavily,” Trump continues. “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 did try and f*** her. She was married,” he adds.
Then Trump says: “I moved on her like a b****, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married…Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony t*** and everything. She’s totally changed her look.”
As the bus rolled into the studio lot, Bush and Trump appear to see Arianne Zucker in a purple dress.
“Your girl’s hot as s***, in the purple,” Bush says of Zucker.
Trump can be heard exclaiming, “Whoa! Whoa!”
Then the businessman says this: “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,” Trump says.
“And when you’re a star they let you do it,” he says. “You can do anything.”
“Grab them by the p****,” Trump says. “You can do anything.”
When the two exit the bus, Zucker comes face-to-face with them, giving them both pecks on the cheek.
“We’re ready, let’s go,” Trump tells Zucker. “Make me a soap star.”
“How about a little hug for the Donald?” Bush interjects. “He just got off the bus.”
“Would you like a little hug, darling?” Zucker says.
“Absolutely,” Trump says. When they hug, Trump adds: “Melania said this was okay.”
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted a response to the video: