Oct. 8, 2016 12:56am Tré Goins-Phillips
In a recorded statement published on his Facebook page roughly 10 minutes after midnight Saturday morning, Donald Trump apologized for the explicit comments he made about women in a 2005 video released Friday afternoon.
The Republican presidential nominee said, “I pledge to be a better man,” after news broke of an 11-year-old clip from a conversation he had with former “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush, during which he said he can “do anything” to women because he’s a “star,” including “grab them by the p***y.”
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“I never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not,” Trump said, appearing to be reading from a script. “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.”
Trump said the explicit and offensive remarks depicted in the video, which was first published by the Washington Post, “don’t reflect who I am.” He admitted his language was “wrong” and, for the first time in his campaign, uttered the words, “I apologize.”
“I’ve traveled the country talking about change for America, but my travels have also changed me,” the billionaire businessman said. “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.”
The TV-star-turned-politician said he has “been humbled” by the support he’s gained since launching his campaign more than one year ago, adding that he will be a “better man” moving forward.
In the second half of the 1 1/2-minute video, Trump pivoted toward his rival, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, telling viewers that the release of the vulgar clip is “nothing more than a distraction from the important issues we are facing today.”
“We are losing our jobs, we’re less safe than we were eight years ago, and Washington is totally broken,” he remarked. “Hillary Clinton and her kind have run our country into the ground. I’ve said some foolish things, but there’s a big difference between the words and actions of other people. Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims.”
In the end, the GOP standard-bearer made it clear he does not plan to back down, and still intends to face Clinton in the second presidential debate Sunday evening.
“We will discuss this more in the coming days. See you at the debate on Sunday,” he concluded.
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- Oct. 8, 2016 at 4:31am
That statement by Mr Trump was spot on.
There are two things to look at here:
1. Who amongst us hasn’t made such crass statements in the past? I’ve done it. We’ve all done it – including the people who are piling onto Mr Trump.
And including a lot of women when they thought they were speaking privately to members of their own sex. I’ve overheard this (very) occasionally, and I’ve been informed of the more amusing remarks via past girlfriends from time to time.
So, thou oh-so-pious critics, if you won’t be honest here, at least be honest to yourselves.
2. Mr Trump seems to have been taking some excellent advice. He admitted that the statements were foolish; he apologised; he kept it brief.
He then also pointed out the much larger failings of his opponent in this area, and, again, kept it brief. He then moved onto solid ground by pointing to the real and present problems which currently beset your nation.
So, in my book, full marks. Mr Trump appears indeed the quick study that he is reputed to be. This will echo for a couple more days or so and then it’ll be gone.
As it rightly should be…