Donald Trump on Friday apologized for lewd comments that he made about women in 2005 but said that his “foolish” words are much different than the words and actions of Bill Clinton, whom he accused of abusing women, and Hillary Clinton, whom he accused of having “bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims.”
“I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that 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. Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize,” Trump said in a brief video statement released late Friday night as a number of prominent Republicans distanced themselves yet again from their presidential nominee.
Trump said that the lewd comments — which were made public by The Washington Post on Friday afternoon — are “a distraction from the important issues we are facing today.” He then attacked his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and her husband, former president Bill Clinton.
“I’ve said some foolish things, but there’s a big difference between the words and actions of other people. Bill Clinton has actually abused women, and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims,” Trump said. “We will discuss this more in the coming days. See you at the debate on Sunday.”
Trump’s statement comes more than eight hours after The Post reported a lewd conversation about women that Trump had in 2005 with Billy Bush, then of “Access Hollywood,” that was caught by a hot microphone. During the conversation, Trump bragged about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women, including a married woman, saying that “when you’re a star, they let you do it.” It was unclear when the events he was describing took place. The tape was recorded several months after Trump married his third wife, Melania.
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