Trump deals with fallout from vulgar recording, vows to stay in race


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has apologized for a 2005 video leaked Friday afternoon in which he speaks in a vulgar and disparaging manner about women, but not everyone is convinced of his sincerity.

Several high-profile Republicans are asking that Trump withdraw from the presidential race and claim they will no longer vote for him.

In interviews Saturday morning, Trump vowed to stay in the race, saying the "support I'm getting is unbelievable." 

Trump and "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush were aboard a bus that was taking them to the set of “Days of Our Lives” when the lewd conversation took place. At the time, it was believed to have been a private conversation. The pair were headed to do a promotional spot for Trump’s cameo on the soap opera. The audio was picked up by a hot mic and obtained by The Washington Post, which released the video Friday.

>>Watch the video from The Washington Post (Viewer discretion advised)

The recording picks up Trump discussing how he failed to seduce a woman and how easy it is to flirt with women when you are a star. Obscenities and terms that disparage women are used throughout the recording.

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In a statement to the media, Trump apologized for the comments.

"This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course - not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended."  

The Clinton was campaign was quick to address the recording on Twitter.

Billy Bush, who deleted his Twitter account in the fallout, issued an apology as well:

"Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed. It’s no excuse, but this happened eleven years ago — I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along," Bush said in a statement to Variety. "I’m very sorry." 

People took to Twitter to discuss the details of the recording and the merits of Trump's apology.


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