'I’ve never said that I’m a perfect person,' the Republican nominee says in apology video
Donald Trump has released a video apologizing for sexually graphic remarks he made about women in video that was leaked Friday.
In the apology video, released on Trump’s Facebook page, the Republican nominee for president owns up to the vulgar comments he and former Access Hollywood anchor Billy Bush made about women in a 2005 recording obtained and published by The Washington Post, and pledges “to be a better man.”
“I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not,” Trump says. “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 knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.”
Later in the video, Trump calls the controversy “nothing more than a distraction from the important issues we are facing today,” but goes on to accuse former U.S. President Bill Clinton of abusing women and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton of attacking her husband’s alleged victims.
The video apology follows a statement Trump released earlier in the day categorizing the leaked conversation as “locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago.” (Billy Bush also released an apology.)
In the recording, Trump and Bush make vulgar comments about Days of Our Lives actress Arianne Zucker and former Access Hollywood anchor Nancy O’Dell. At one point, Trump says, “You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them,” Trump says in the recording. “It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p—y. You can do anything.”
Read the full transcript of Trump’s apology and see the video below: