Trump claims that the “Access Hollywood” tape was fabricated, but an interesting witness begs to differ.
During his presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump garnered much support because of his supposed commitment to support the average American citizen. However, a leaked tape effectively alienated many of his supporters and fed into the opposition's negative views of him.
In October of 2016, a tape from 2005 was leaked to The Washington Post. This tape, now known as the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape, featured a conversation primarily between Trump and the former host of “Access Hollywood,” Billy Bush. In the tape, the pair can be heard discussing women in extremely vulgar terms.
He referred to a woman by using a term that is horribly demeaning to women. Early in the recording, Trump states “I moved on her like a bitch.”
The conversation then continued to spiral out of control. Later in the tape, Trump boasted about how he could harass women by abusing his position of power. Trump stated that he is “automatically attracted to beautiful [women]” and will start to kiss them. He bragged and said “when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”
He goes further to say that power can allow you to “grab 'em by the pussy.”
Hearing a presidential candidate speak in such lewd terms about women was shocking to the public. The leaked tape had a massive and negative effect on Trump's presidential campaign, which was reflected in following polls.
Trump was forced to make a public apology and also addressed the tape during the second presidential debate, but he had also followed it up by justifying it as “locker room banter.”
What's Happening Now:
Despite seemingly accepting responsibility for the tapes and apologizing for his lewdness, President Trump has recently backpedaled.
President Trump has a history of stretching facts and creating conspiracies when certain events do not benefit him or paint him in a warm color, a tendency that has predated his presidency. He has discredited opposition news media by claiming that they are fake, argued that former President Obama's birth certificate was doctored, and even exaggerated his inauguration turnout.
Continuing this trend, Trump argued over the weekend that the “Access Hollywood” tape was not authentic.
This contradicts his apology because he had accepted that he made a grave mistake, giving the tape legitimacy. Interestingly, this is not the first time he has tried to delegitimize the tape. In January, he told a Republican Senator that he wanted to investigate the recording and even said he might sue NBC over the “illegal” tape.
Actress Arianne Zucker was present when the “Access Hollywood” tape was recorded. Now that President Trump is reneging on his apology by saying it was not him on the tape, Zucker is left deeply perplexed.
Late on Monday, on CNN's “Anderson Cooper 360” she said, “I don't know how else that could be faked.” She sarcastically continued, “unless someone's planting words in your mouth, that's the only other way.”
Zucker and “Access Hollywood” have since insisted that the tape is real.
H/T: The Hill