During 2016, White House spokesman called Trump 'deplorable' and 'Access Hollywood' tape 'some justice:' report

White House spokesman Raj Shah during the 2016 election called President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times IMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East MORE “a deplorable” and the release of the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape “some justice," according to messages obtained by New York magazine.

Shah, who has become a visible figure in the White House press office, made the remarks while working at the Republican National Committee.

“U wanna hear something a little f---ed up?” Shah wrote in an email to another RNC staffer just hours after the “Access Hollywood” tape emerged in October 2016.


“I’m kinda enjoying this, some justice. I honestly don’t think it’s the worst thing he’s done but he somehow got passes for the other acts,” Shah wrote.

Trump was heard describing groping and kissing women without their consent in the 2005 tape.

"When you're a star, they let you do it," Trump is heard saying on the tape. "You can do anything."

He apologized for the remarks after The Washington Post uncovered the hot-mic recording, calling them “locker room” talk.

Shah also said that "Trump is a deplorable" in the email.

Trump supporters began to use the word “deplorable” to describe themselves after Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBudowsky: Closing message for Democrats Election Countdown: Dems outraise GOP in final stretch | 2018 midterms already most expensive in history | What to watch in second Cruz-O'Rourke debate | Trump raises 0M for reelection | Why Dems fear Avenatti's approach GOP mocks Clinton after minor vehicle collision outside Mendendez campaign event MORE used the phrase “basket of deplorables” to describe many of those who backed Trump. The Trump campaign also used the quote against Clinton.

Shah, a deputy press secretary in the White House, declined to comment to the magazine for the story. A senior White House official told New York that Shah had already informed higher-ranking officials about his past comments.

White House communications director Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by PhRMA — Trump heads to battleground Iowa, where GOP House members seek help Hope Hicks to become Fox chief communications officer The Hill's Morning Report — Where the Kavanaugh nomination stands MORE said in a statement to New York that the White House has “always known” about Shah’s previous roles and that Shah has “tremendous respect” for Trump.

“Perhaps if the leakers trying to undermine him were as talented and smart as Raj, they would be here fighting for the American people every day, rather than trying desperately to remain relevant by spreading information that Raj himself shared many months ago,” Hicks said. “Raj’s skills as a press secretary are only surpassed by his stellar character.”

The magazine also noted that Shah left the RNC to work as the managing director of America Rising, a GOP-affiliated group that did not back a candidate in the 2016 primaries, but saw several staffers leave to work for the campaign of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Shah had rejoined the RNC in 2016, but later that year asked a senior RNC researcher for a clip of Trump praising former President Obama’s decision to name Clinton as secretary of State as “a great appointment.”

Shah warned the researcher against using official GOP email while discussing the footage. The researcher soon found the clip and sent it to Shah, according to New York. That clip appeared in a Bush campaign ad three days later.

—Updated at 10:10 a.m. Tuesday