Donald Trump Issues Apology Video for Hot Mic Comments

With support slipping, Donald Trump issued an apology for his recently-released 2005 comments about women.


Early Saturday morning, Donald Trump finally issued a video response to the just-released 2005 video of him making inappropriate comments about women. The comments had been wildly criticized from almost all corners and, in the hours leading up to Trump's apology video, he was losing support from prominent Republicans. Three members of Congress—Barbara Comstock of Virginia, Mike Coffman of Colorado, and Jason Chaffetz of Utah—all either pulled their endorsements or called for Trump to step out of the race. Senator Mike Lee, also of Utah, joined the call as well.

Via @jennaportnoy: @BarbaraComstock withdraws Trump support: "I cannot in good conscience vote
for Donald Trump."

— Ed O'Keefe (@edokeefe) October 8, 2016

BREAKING: @RepMikeCoffman now calls for @realDonaldTrump to step aside. DEVELOPING. #copolitics #TrumpTapes #Denver7

— Marshall Zelinger (@Marshall9News) October 8, 2016

BREAKING NEWS: In live interview on @fox13, @jasoninthehouse RETRACTS endorsement for Donald Trump. #utpol

— Ben Winslow (@BenWinslow) October 8, 2016

Continuing the outcry from Utah politicians, @SenMikeLee (R-UT) calls on Donald Trump to step down as nominee:

— Matt Viser (@mviser) October 8, 2016

Rob Engstrom, Senior Vice President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, agreed.

Trump should step down immediately tonight, yielding to Governor Pence as the GOP Nominee.

— Rob Engstrom (@RobEngstrom) October 8, 2016

Top Republican fundraisers were also extremely concerned:

On the record quote from Spencer Zwick, main fundraiser for Paul Ryan now & Romney in 2008 & 2012, on move to replace Trump now

— Mark Halperin (@MarkHalperin) October 8, 2016

In light of the slipping support and calls for him to leave the Presidential race, Trump released a video apologizing for his comments. "I've done and said things I regret, and the words released today on this more than decade-old video are one of them," he said. NBC News noted that this marked "the first time this campaign Trump has apologized or expressed regret for a specific statement or action."

But after apologizing, Trump said that the furor around his comments were only "a distraction from the important issues we're facing today." He ended by discussing one of his recent favorite topics, Bill Clinton's sex life.

"Bill Clinton has actually abused women, and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed, and intimidated his victims," Trump said, before pledging to "discuss this more in the coming days."

Many people who watched the speech, including GOP strategist Mike Murphy, noticed that Trump seemed stiff and uncomfortable.

Fox News on the Trump tape: "that was almost painful to watch"

— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) October 8, 2016

Yes, I believe @realDonaldTrump. He is bring treated well by his captors.

— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) October 8, 2016

That video might actually accelerate the number Republicans unendorsing Trump.

— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) October 8, 2016

Some media observers suspected that the short statement would be unlikely to stem the flood of politicians abandoning the GOP nominee.

"I never said I'm a perfect person, nor pretended to someone that I'm not. I've said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than 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.

You can see Trump's full statement above or read it below:

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