UPDATE: Oct. 8, 2016, 1:09 p.m. EDT Donald Trump told the Wall Street Journal on Saturday that there “is zero chance I’ll quit” the 2016 presidential race. The Republican candidate is facing mounting pressure to step aside after the disclosure of his obscene comments about women.
Trump denied that his campaign was in crisis, telling WSJ that, “The support Im getting is unbelievable, because Hillary Clinton is a horribly flawed candidate.” But leading Republicans have sought to distance themselves from Trump, not come to his defense.
Donald Trump released a video statement shortly after midnight Saturday, in which he responded to the controversy surrounding the release of an audio recording of him making lewd comments about women.
In the clip, he says he “I was wrong, and I apologize.” But he also uses it as an opportunity to attack Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Trump’s statement followed the publication Friday by the Washington Post of tape from 2005 that saw him use obscene language to describe how he interacts with women.
In the clip, which was filmed ahead of his cameo on Days of Our Lives, he’s heard telling Billy Bush from Access Hollywood how he tried to sleep with a married woman. “I moved on her like a bitch,” he says. He later tells Bush he is “automatically attracted to beautiful women.”
“I just start kissing them, it’s like a magnet,” he says. “I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it … Grab them by the pussy.”
Trump initially released a short written statement Friday, in which he dismissed the conversation as “locker room banter.”
“I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone I’m not. I’ve said and done things I regret.”
However, amid growing controversy, he released the fuller statement via video.
“I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone I’m not. I’ve said and done things I regret,” he says, “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.”
Trump then talks about his travels and his encounters with the public before saying that the whole issue is “nothing more than a distraction from the important issues we’re facing today.”
He then attacks Bill Clinton, saying he “has actually abused women,” and says “Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims.”
“We will discuss this more in the coming days,” he adds.