On Friday, The Washington Post reported that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made exceptionally sexually aggressive remarks in a 2005 interview when he was caught on a hot microphone. Trump was speaking to Billy Bush for Access Hollywood and discussing his attempt to sleep with a woman who was married and refused his advances. The woman is not named in the recording.
"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,’” Trump is heard saying. “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.”
According to the Washington Post report, later on in the conversation, Trump said, "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.”
What may be most disconcerting is Trump's seeming sense of entitlement when it comes to sexual relations. “And when you’re a star they let you do it,” Trump says. “You can do anything.”
A voice — which Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold described as "apparently Bush's" — is heard saying "Whatever you want." Trump responds, “Grab them by the p---y," and then adds, "You can do anything.”
At the time of the interview, Trump had been married to Melania for several months.
This Washington Post bombshell provides just the latest example of Trump using lewd and/or demeaning language to talk about women and his treatment of them. In an ironic twist of timing, when Trump was asked by a Nevada television station this week about his insulting rhetoric about women, Trump justified it by saying that "a lot of this is done in the entertainment business," claiming that many of the remarks were made in the context of his television show, The Apprentice. This 2005 hot-microphone recording certainly suggests otherwise.