Allies, opponents and those in between have savaged US presidential candidate Donald Trump over a leaked video from 2005 which revealed a sexually explicit tirade where the real estate heir brags about his attempts to bed a married woman.
Trump has apologised “if anyone was offended” by the vulgar discussion about multiple women.
In the clip, which was the Washington Post says was taken in 2005, Trump told a tale about trying to “f***” a married woman. He can also be heard expressing interest in kissing another woman and grabbing her “by the p****.”
Republican House Leaser Paul Ryan, former presidential candidates Mitt Romney and John McCain and even the Republican National Campaign chairman Reince Priebus have slashed the billionaire over the comments.
Ryan, who in a normal campaign would be the Republican candidates most important ally, went as far as to refuse to campaign alongside Trump.
Priebus said: "No woman should ever be described in these terms of talked about in this manner. Ever".
Hitting on married women? Condoning assault? Such vile degradations demean our wives and daughters and corrupt America's face to the world.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) October 8, 2016
According to the Post, the video shows Trump going to the set of the soap opera “Days Of Our Lives” with “Access Hollywood’s” Billy Bush and the men were captured talking on a “hot microphone.”
The clip begins with Trump and Bush on a bus emblazoned with the “Access Hollywood” logo as it rolls onto a studio lot. The Post said the men were on the “Days Of Our Lives” set to film a segment about Trump making a cameo on the soap opera. The clip begins with the pair discussing an unnamed woman Bush described as “beautiful.”
“I moved on her actually, you know, she was down in Palm Beach. I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit I did try and f*** her. She was married,” Trump said. “I moved on her very heavily,” he added.
Trump went on to describe his courtship of the woman.
“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 said.
Trump said he ran onto the woman some time after his attempt to woo her and found she looked quite different. He criticized her for changing her appearance and getting “big phony tits.”
The Washington Post reported the video was filmed “several months” after Trump married his third wife, Melania.
After Trump described his second meeting with the unnamed woman, Bush interjected to exclaim that he saw a woman who was “hot as s***” and wearing “purple.”
“Whoah!” Trump shouted.
“Yes! The Donald has scored!” Bush yelled.
Before disembarking from the bus, Trump prepared to meet the woman.
“I better 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 I 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 said.
Bush goes on to compliment the woman’s “good legs.” The pair then disembarked from the bus and were greeted by actress Arianne Zucker, who wore purple and was there to escort them onto the set.
“How about a little hug for The Donald? He just got off the bus,” Bush said to Zucker.
Zucker gave Trump a hug and he leaned in to kiss her on the cheek.
“Melania said this was OK,” Trump said.
Zucker did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Yahoo News.
Shortly after the Post’s article about the clip was published, Trump released a statement where he described the discussion with Bush as “locker room banter.”
“This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course – not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended,” Trump said.
Bush did not respond to multiple requests for comment. His Twitter page was taken down on Friday afternoon. Bush left “Access Hollywood” earlier this year to join NBC’s “Today” show. NBC also did not respond to a request for comment from Yahoo News.
Trump’s Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, and her campaign have attempted to make his comments about women a major issue in the election. In September, the Clinton campaign released an ad focusing on Trump’s history of insulting women’s appearances. The Clinton campaign took to Twitter shortly after the article about the video was published and called it “horrific.”