(Photo Credit: Access Hollywood Billy Bush & Donald Trump, enews!)
A 2005 conversation caught on a hot microphone recently exposed the republican nominee, Donald Trump, of making crude remarks about kissing, groping, and having sex with women. Speaking with then Access Hollywood star and current Today Show host Billy Bush on the set of Days of Our Lives, Donald Trump commented about the actress Arianne Zucker saying that he “better use some Tic Tacs just in case [he] start[ed] kissing her.” And how he is “automatically attracted to beautiful…” and he “ just start[s] kissing them…And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything.”
Trump recently apologized to the country expressing the impact the campaign has had on him as a person. He claimed he’s a changed man from that conversation 11 years ago through the people he has encountered, “mothers who have lost their children, laid-off workers who have lost their jobs to other countries, and people from all walks of life who want a better future.” Some republicans accepted his apology, while others were in rage. Senator and speaker of the House, Paul Ryan now refuses to campaign for Trump along with many others of the GOP who view his behavior as inexcusable. John McCain, the 2008 republican nominee for president and current senator of Arizona claims that Trump “alone bears the burden of his conduct and alone should suffer the consequences,” Many republicans are calling for Trump to step down and his ongoing supporters accuse the “traitors” of being disloyal to the party.
During the second presidential debate, the claws were out from beginning to end, starting with an icy introduction with no traditional handshake among the candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. During the debate, Trump excused his behavior claiming he was “embarrassed by it…But it’s locker room talk, and it’s one of those things. I will knock the hell out of ISIS. We’re going to defeat ISIS.” Clearly trying to advert from the vile claims he made about women, Trump continued to express that “nobody has more respect for women” than he does. His demise is fueling the fire for Clinton’s campaign ads which depict young insecure girls, elderly war veterans, and young immigrant children meanwhile playing the negative words Trump has said about these groups.
Since the release of the tape, Billy Bush has been suspended indefinitely from the Today show. Ashamed, Bush sent out an apology, claiming there’s “no excuse” for the conversation that happened eleven years ago and he “acted foolishly in playing along.” Bush hired Marshall Grossman — a high-profile Los Angeles litigator in his case with NBC, where he is likely to get millions of dollars. Bush’s contract was reportedly worth upwards of $3 million a year for the next three years.
The foul words of the tape not only brought a storm of controversy for Trump, but a series of women have flooded in with allegations of sexual harassment from the republican nominee. Former Miss teen USA beauty contestants have accused Donald Trump of walking in on them dressing. A 2005 episode of Howard Stern’s radio programme with guest Donald Trump, caught the pageant owner claiming that he would go backstage while the girls were getting dressed because “no men are anywhere, and I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the pageant and therefore I’m inspecting it … I sort of get away with things like that.”
As more and more victims are coming forward, Donald Trump has prepared to sue The New York Times for featuring an article that featured women accusing Trump of inappropriately touching them years ago. The Times welcomes the lawsuit and is ready for “the opportunity to have a court set him straight.”
As election day is approaching and Trump’s campaign continues to derail with new sexual assault accusations, many women and men alike are calling Americans to vote for the candidate who doesn’t blatantly disrespect women. However, some republicans who stay pledging their vote to Donald Trump recognize what he said in the tape was wrong will do anything to keep Clinton out of the oval office.
By Jordan Tarrow, Editor