Breaking news: Donald Trump is a misogynistic scumbag. Also, the sky is blue.
On Friday, the Washington Post published a 2005 recording in which the Republican presidential candidate can be heard making extremely lewd comments about women. He was apparently speaking to Billy Bush inside an Access Hollywood bus while on his way to film a Days of Our Lives segment. The recording, obtained by the Post, catches Trump speaking about his efforts—failed efforts—to seduce a married woman.
“I did try and fuck her. She was married,” Trump can be heard saying. And it gets worse.
“I moved on her like a bitch, 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 tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look […] And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”
Of course, Trump responded to the recording with an apology that really wasn’t an apology.
“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,” Trump said in a statement. “I apologize if anyone was offended.”
Hillary Clinton and Democratic vice president nominee, Tim Kaine, shared more appropriate responses to the recording:
For his own part, Billy Bush has released a statement to multiple media outlets apologizing for the video:
“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."
Although some places are reporting that Bush deleted his Twitter account after the Trump story broke, media reporter Brian Stelter says that's not the case.
It's still not exactly clear how The Washington Post obtained the tape and published a story about it first, especially since Access Hollywood is an NBC show and NBC News was already working on a story about it, according to CNN.
You can listen to the full recording above.