President Donald Trump is privately telling people that the “Access Hollywood” tape, in which he explicitly brags about grabbing women by the p*ssy, is not real despite literally admitting “I said it” and giving a statement apologizing for his comments hours after it was published by The Washington Post.
The New York Times revealed that Trump has suggested to at least one senator and one adviser that the tape is not authentic.
“But something deeper has been consuming Mr. Trump. He sees the calls for Mr. Moore to step aside as a version of the response to the now-famous ‘Access Hollywood’ tape, in which he boasted about grabbing women’s genitalia, and the flood of groping accusations against him that followed soon after,” The Times reports. “He suggested to a senator earlier this year that it was not authentic, and repeated that claim to an adviser more recently.”
This comes despite his statement hours after the tape surfaced: “I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.”
The tape was released roughly a month ahead of the election in what many incorrectly thought would be the scandal that finally brings down Trump’s candidacy.
“I moved on her, actually. You know, she was down on Palm Beach. I moved on her, and I failed. I’ll admit it,” Trump says in the tape about a woman he tried to court. “ I did try and f*ck her. She was married.”
“I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping,” he says. “I moved on her like a bitch. But I couldn’t get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony t*ts and everything. She’s totally changed her look.”
After Trump and “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush spot an attractive woman from their bus, Trump says, “I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. 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.”
“Whatever you want,” Bush says.
“Grab ’em by the p*ssy,” Trump declares. “You can do anything.”
In the hours that followed, many Republicans claimed to be horrified by the remarks, a feigned horror that subsided quickly despite more than a dozen women coming forward days and weeks after the tape to accuse Trump of doing exactly what he bragged about to them.
In a rare Trump apology, the would-be president claimed he “never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not. I’ve said some things that I regret and the words released today on this more-than-a-decade-old video are one of them.”
“Anyone who knows me knows that these words don’t reflect who I am,” he said.
“I pledge to be a better man tomorrow, and will never, ever let you down,” he added.
He later dismissed the comments as “locker room talk” and that was apparently enough for the country to trust him with nukes.