Many have waited with bated breath as to how Trump’s wife, Melania, would respond to the vile comments outlining how he took no issue sexually assaulting the women around him.
Recorded chatting to Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush, Trump revealed how he tried to seduce a married woman, telling Bush “I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married.”
He went on, “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,” he continued. “You can do anything. Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.”
The comments, made in 2005 while Trump was newly married to Melania, has prompted his wife to now comment publicly on the vulgar nature of his attitudes towards women.
“The words my husband used are unacceptable and offensive to me,” she wrote in a statement.
“This does not represent the man that I know. He has the heart and mind of a leader. I hope people will accept his apology, as I have, and focus on the important issues facing our nation and the world. ”
The video, released exclusively by The Washington Post, has caused a flurry of high-profile US figures to come out and comment. No-one more so important, of course, than Trump and Bush themselves.
Early on Saturday morning, Trump responded in a statement to outrage, claiming it was just “locker room banter”
“[It was] a private conversation that took place many years ago,” the statement read. “Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course — [I’m] not even close.”
Bush also issued an apology on Friday evening, as word of the clip reached the masses, saying: “Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed. It’s no excuse, but this happened eleven years ago — I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along. I’m very sorry.”
Bush is the cousin of former Republican candidate for Present Jeb Bush, who himself slammed Trump’s comments, writing “no apology can excuse away Donald Trump’s reprehensible comments degrading women.
Interestingly, Tic Tac have also been forced to distance their brand from the Republican nominee’s depraved attitudes, after Trump is overheard in the video saying he better use ” some “Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her.”
“Tic Tac respects all women. We find the recent statements and behaviour completely inappropriate and unacceptable,” the company tweeted on Saturday.