Trump Offers a Surprising Explanation for the 'Access Hollywood' Tape

Oscar Cross
November 28, 2017

Trump suggested to a Senator that the leaked recording was inauthentic, and he recently repeated the claim to an adviser, the report said.

The tape, which surfaced weeks before the November 2016 famously featured Trump bragging to then-Access Hollywood host Billy Bush about grabbing women by their genitalia without consequences.

A New York Times piece published on Saturday delves into President Trump's un-shocking decision to endorse Alabama senate candidate and alleged sexual predator Roy Moore over the fierce objections of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell - whose brilliant plan was to subvert democracy by getting Governor Kay Ivey to delay the election.

It was a comment made to Billy Bush while his mic was hot on Access Hollywood. "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 article suggested that Mr Trump saw the accusations against Mr Moore as similar to the criticism he received for his own comments about non-consensual sexual activity. Luther Strange during the primary contest but he said has said that he does not want to see the seat filled by a liberal Democrat, naming Moore's opponent Doug Jones and whose record on issues like crime, immigration and the military he called "terrible". And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything", Trump said on the tape, adding, "Grab 'em by the p--y.

"No, I didn't say that at all", Trump responded.

The president has refused to condemn Moore amid the allegations, even as his daughter Ivanka Trump and other Republican party members have called for Moore to step down.

Now he's trying to sow doubt that it was his voice on the tape, despite already admitting and apologising for his involvement more than a year ago. The news operation's reputation took another hit more recently when it passed on Ronan Farrow's reporting about women alleging they had been sexually harassed and abused by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

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