Trump caught on tape making lewd remarks about women

Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse panel approves 0.5B defense policy bill House panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops MORE's presidential campaign was plunged into an explosive new controversy on Friday as audio was released where the Republican nominee makes lewd comments about trying to have sex with women.

The audio, first obtained by The Washington Post, was apparently recorded in 2005, while Trump was on a bus with former "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush. In it, Trump is heard talking about trying — and failing — to have sex with an unnamed woman. He had been married to his wife, Melania Trump, for a few months at the time.

“I did try and f--- her. She was married,” Trump says in the audio.
“And I moved on her very heavily," he says. "In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, ‘I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture.’ ”
“I moved on her like a b----, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married,” Trump says. “Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look.”

The interview was taped to promote Trump's cameo on the soap opera "Days of Our Lives." As the bus Trump is being interviewed on approaches Arianne Zucker, an actress on the show, Trump tells Bush he will "use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her."   

"When you're a star," Trump says, women let you "do anything."
"You know I'm automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star they let you do it. You can do anything.

"Grab them by the p----,” Trump says. "You can do anything."

Trump issued a half-apology for the remarks Friday, calling it "locker room banter."
“This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago," Trump said in a statement.
"[Former President] Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonPoll finds Biden with narrow lead over Trump in Missouri Trump's mark on federal courts could last decades Obama, Clinton join virtual celebration for Negro Leagues MORE has said far worse to me on the golf course — not even close," Trump added. "I apologize if anyone was offended."

Planned Parenthood Action Fund, which has endorsed Clinton for president, said what Trump describes in the audio “amounts to sexual assault.”

“Trump's behavior is disgusting and unacceptable in any context, and it is disqualifying for a man who is running for president of this country,” said Dawn Laguens, the executive vice president of the fund.  

The leaked audio couldn't come at a worse time for Trump, who is trying to recover from a disappointing performance in the first presidential debate, during which Clinton needled him for making derogatory comments about a former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado.
The second presidential debate is scheduled for Sunday night, and had been considered a must-win for Trump after his drop in the polls.
The audio, leaked late Friday afternoon, is likely to dominate cable news over the weekend, raising the stakes for the debate even higher. Trump is certain to be confronted about the remarks, either by the moderators or Clinton.
It's unclear how willing Republicans will be to defend Trump in the wake of the leaked audio.
On Friday evening, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus issued a terse statement condemning Trump's language. 

"No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever,” Priebus said.

Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteBottom line Bottom line Bottom Line MORE (R-N.H.), who is locked in a tough reelection race, called Trump's comments "totally inappropriate and offensive." 

Meanwhile, Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump to meet with Mexican president on July 8 Liberal veterans group urges Biden to name Duckworth VP Trump says he's 'all for masks' despite reluctance to wear one MORE (R), ignored shouted questions from reporters about the tapes at a campaign event, according to Politico.

This story was updated at 7:38 p.m.