Group to play Trump ‘Access Hollywood’ tape on 12-hour loop near WH
A women’s advocacy group is airing the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape near the White House over a 12-hour stretch on Friday — just short of a year after the recording was made public.
The group, Ultraviolet, is running the footage on a giant screen on Constitution Avenue, between the White House and the National Mall, on a loop from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
In the recording, Trump can be heard boasting to former “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush about groping and kissing women without their consent. The tape, released by The Washington Post on Oct. 7 of last year, is widely considered among the most glaring controversies of Trump’s presidential campaign.
After the tape was released, Trump and his allies sought to brush off the real estate mogul’s comments as “locker room talk,” saying during a subsequent presidential debate that he was “not proud of it.”
“It was not so-called ‘locker room talk,’ it was a man bragging about sexually assaulting women. That man may now sit in the Oval Office, but we will not let him — or anyone else — forget the tape or those comments,” Ultraviolet co-founder Shaunna Thomas said in a statement.
Following the release of the recording, Trump faced mounting allegations of sexual assault and misconduct. He has denied that he ever engaged in such behavior.
“The Donald Trump on that tape is the same Donald Trump that sits in the Oval Office every day, aggressively pursuing an anti-woman agenda, including the active dismantling of legal protections for survivors of sexual assault,” Thomas said.