With exactly a month to go for the US elections, a 2005 video recording that shows Donald Trump boasting about his celebrity status and how it helps him prey on women has plunged the Republican presidential campaign into a major crisis. At least two Republican leaders announced they were withdrawing their endorsement for Trump, while one asked him to drop out.
The video, unearthed by The Washington Post on Friday, has Trump making crude remarks on women. Hugely embarrassed, top Republican leaders were left nothing but apologising for Trump’s remarks, with some political experts asking whether he should continue in the race.
Trump’s rival Hillary Clinton termed the remarks “horrific” She tweeted: “This is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president.”
In the video, Trump is having a conversation with Billy Bush, an American television host, and is caught on a microphone bragging about trying to have sex with a married woman as well as kissing beautiful women and groping others. He also uses graphic terms to describe women’s bodies.
“I just start kissing them…Just kiss. I don’t even wait,” Trump is quoted saying. “And when you’re a star, they let you do it,” he says in the recording.
The video clip was part of an unaired footage of a television show.
Already accused of being a misogynist for his remarks on women, including during the campaign, Trump first issued a terse statement saying, “I apologise if anyone was offended”, and dismissed the outrageous remarks as “locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago”. He also tried to justify it by saying, “Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course — not even close. I apologise if anyone was offended.”
However, this further triggered protests from politicians as well as feminist writers, who dismissed his statement as not an actual apology. After messages in social media remarked that the things he had said in the video amounted to sexual assault, the Republican leader posted a 90-second video on Facebook at midnight, this time saying, “I was wrong and apologise.
Here’s Trump apologise video:
Here is my statement. pic.twitter.com/WAZiGoQqMQ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 8 October 2016
The man is clearly bragging about sexual assaults, he’s a proven misogynist and the worst part is he didn’t apologise for his lewd video correctly. He on record said that he can use Nuclear weapons if he becomes President of United States. USA you still think Donald Trump would be a good choice for president? Vote wisely.
By : Saket Sharma.