The latest controversy to plague Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has recently shined a spotlight on the usually under-the-radar soap world. Trump and the then-anchor of Access Hollywood, Billy Bush, were having what the former referred to as “locker room banter” about groping and forcing himself on women.
Access was conducting an interview with Trump as he arrived on the set of Days of our Lives to film a cameo appearance. Trump traveled to the set on the Access bus along with Bush and the crew and a hot mic captured an extremely offensive exchange between the two men during the ride and for a few seconds before shooting commenced.
In the portion prior to filming, when only audio is present, Trump is heard speaking about an attempt to seduce an unwilling woman, who remained unnamed.
TRUMP: I moved on her, and I failed. I’ll admit it.
TRUMP: I did try and f— her. She was married, and I moved on her very heavily. 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 bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married, then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look.
BUSH: Your girl’s hot as s—, in the purple.
TRUMP: Whoa! Whoa!
BUSH: Yes! The Donald has scored! Whoa, my man!
TRUMP: I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her. 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.
BUSH: Whatever you want?
TRUMP: Grab them by the p—y. You can do anything.
At that point, Zucker began escorting the men, if you can call them that, to the studio, unaware until now about what was said by the former Apprentice host and the current anchor of The Today Show.
ETA: Trump attempted to apologize last night to repair any further damage that may have been done to his reputation due to this apparent October surprise. Even fellow Republicans, including his running mate Mike Pence, are continuing to distance themselves and are taking the apology with a grain of salt.
ETA: Bush has apologized for his role in the scandal. Coincidentally, Mr. Bush is distantly related to the very Republican Bush family, including the 41st and 43rd U.S. presidents and former presidential candidate and former governor of Florida, Jeb Bush. The Bush family famously stated that they will be voting for Hillary Clinton in the event of a Trump nomination.
ETA: It seems that Melania Trump, Trump’s third and current wife, has weighed in on the controversy. While she has stated that she is appalled, she then said she has accepted her husband’s apology and feels everyone else should as well, and then move on to the political issues affecting the country. Mrs. Trump was three months pregnant with her husband’s son, Barron (remember that name) when Trump appeared on Days.