In the aftermath of the leaked hot-mic footage from a 2005 Access Hollywood segment, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump took to social media to respond as only “The Donald” can.
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The released hot-mic video has been called “graphic” and “vulgar” by the media, while Trump supporters call it nothing more than “locker room talk” between two men. Trump himself even claimed that former President Bill Clinton has said “much worse on the golf course”.
The overwhelming uproar led to mounting pressure from party stalwarts and major donors for Trump to resign, as well as the withdrawal of endorsements from Congressmen, Senators, and Governors, Trump stepped up in a completely unexpected way.
The video of the apology has now been seen more than 3 million times. As posted on Facebook, Trump says:
Here is my statement.
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, know these words don’t reflect who I am.
I said it, it was wrong, and I apologize.
I’ve travelled the country talking about change for America. But my travels have also changed me. I’ve spent time with grieving mothers who’ve lost their children, laid off workers whose jobs have gone to other countries, and people from all walks of life who just want a better future. I have gotten to know the great people of our country, and I’ve been humbled by the faith they’ve placed in me. I pledge to be a better man tomorrow, and will never, ever let you down.
Short, simple, and heartfelt. In typical Trump fashion, that wasn’t the end of it. The Republican nominee then got in an effective attack against both his opponent, Hillary Clinton, and her husband:
Let’s be honest. We’re living in the real world. This is nothing more than a distraction from the important issues we are facing today. We are losing our jobs, we are less safe than we were 8 years ago and Washington is broken.
Hillary Clinton, and her kind, have run our country into the ground.
I’ve said some foolish things, but there is a big difference between words and actions. Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims. We will discuss this more in the coming days.
See you at the debate on Sunday.
Some of Trump’s detractors have taken the second half of his apology to mean that Trump is going to take a no-holds-barred approach to Sunday’s debate and open up with attacks on former President Clinton’s own tawdry history with women.
We’ll just have to wait to find out.