By Lenox, K.
On October 8, 2016 Republican Presidential nominee for the 2016 Presidential election Donald Trump issued a short video statement published by ABC news.com shortly after a 2005 leaked video went viral. The video was first released by the Washington Post. Trump’s leaked tape included his comment about “groping” women in a discussion with “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush. In the 2005 video Trump made controversial remarks about what he could do because he was a “star.”
On tape, Trump said, “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 continued, “And when you’re a star they let you do it… You can do anything…Grab them by the “explicit word.” You can do anything.”
Trump continued talking about how he tried to have an affair with a married woman saying, “I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it. I did try to “explicit word” her. I moved on her like a “explicit word” but I couldn’t get there. And she was married.”
In the wake of the 2005 leaked tape, Trump issued a statement saying, “I never said that I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not. Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong and I apologize. This video is a distraction…more-than decade-old video…and I promised to be a better man,” Trump said.
However, Trump did not stop there, he took aim at the 42nd U.S. President Bill Clinton’s record with women, saying, “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” according to the video.
Trump’s comment provoked many individuals and groups who took their responses to the media including Facebook, twitter and several Television and Radio Stations.
Chairman of The Republican National Committee Reince Priebus said, “No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “These comments are repugnant, and unacceptable in any circumstance, as the father of three daughters, I strongly believe that Trump needs to apologize directly to women and girls everywhere, and take full responsibility for the utter lack of respect for women shown in his comments on that tape.”
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin said, “I am sickened by Trump’s rhetoric. Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified. I hope Mr. Trump treats this situation with the seriousness it deserves and works to demonstrate to the country that he has greater respect for women than this clip suggests.” “Trump won’t be attending a fall fest fundraiser in my home district,” Ryan added.
New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who is running for reelection said, “Trumps comments are totally inappropriate and offensive.”
Sen. John McCain said, “There is no excuses for Trump’s remarks. No woman should ever be victimized by this kind of inappropriate behavior. Trump alone bears the burden of his conduct and alone should suffer the consequences.”
Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz said, ““I’m out. I can no longer in good conscience endorse this person for president. It is some of the most abhorrent and offensive comments that you can possibly imagine.”
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said, “ I will not vote for Trump. Donald Trump’s statements are beyond offensive and despicable. While I cannot vote for Hillary Clinton, I will not vote for Trump.”
Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP’s nominee said, “Hitting on married women? Condoning assault? Such vile degradations demean our wives and daughters and corrupt America’s face to the world.”