In a 2005 conversation caught on tape, Donald Trump bragged about trying to have sex with married women, saying that he could do “anything” as a result of his fame.
The video, obtained by the Washington Post and published Friday, captures an incredibly frank and lewd conversation between Trump and former “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush as the real estate mogul arrived on the set of the soap opera “Days of Our Lives” to film a cameo. Audio of the vulgar comments plays as the video shows a bus pulling up to the set.
Trump mentions an attempt to seduce a woman who was not named in the conversation, saying that he “moved on her” and failed.
He goes on to describe his seduction technique, which apparently involved furniture shopping and did not succeed.
“I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married,” Trump tells Bush. “Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look.”
When the conversation turns to the looks of Arianne Zucker, the “Days of Our Lives” actress waiting for them on the set, 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. You can do anything,” he later adds. “Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”
Those comments suggest Trump felt entitled to kiss and grope women without waiting for their consent.
Trump was unapologetic about the comments in a statement to the Washington Post, in which he deflected attention to former President Bill Clinton.
“I apologize if anyone was offended,” Trump wrote in the statement. He dismissed his own comments as “locker room banter,” and added that “Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course – not even close.”
A spokeswoman for NBC Universal declined comment to the Post.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign responded with a tweet calling Trump’s comments “horrific.”
This is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president. https://t.co/RwhW7yeFI2
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 7, 2016
On Wednesday, Trump told Las Vegas’ KSNV that his history of making insulting comments about women based on their appearances were just “for the purpose of entertainment.”
“I can tell you this,” he said. “There is nobody — nobody — that has more respect for women than I do.”
Watch below via the Washington Post:
This post has been updated.