Donald Trump has been suggesting that the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape that surfaced during the presidential election is a fake.
The suggestion is mentioned in a report published Saturday by The New York Times that focuses mainly on Trump’s support of embattled Senate candidate Roy S. Moore.
The Times reports that Trump “sees the calls for Mr. Moore to step aside as a version of the response to the now-famous ‘Access Hollywood’ tape, in which he boasted about grabbing women’s genitalia, and the flood of groping accusations against him that followed soon after. He suggested to a senator earlier this year that it was not authentic, and repeated that claim to an adviser more recently.”
The report also notes: “In the hours after it was revealed in October 2016, Mr. Trump acknowledged that the voice was his, and he apologized.”
CNN notes that the emergence of the tape caused a number of Republican elected officials to call on Trump to abandon his presidential bid.
“He, of course, did not,” CNN reports. “What he did do, however, was apologize for the comments — writing them off as ‘locker room talk’ and adding: ‘Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course — not even close.'”
The CNN analysis adds: “Trump did not then contest the authenticity of the audio recording. Neither did Billy Bush or anyone else associated with the incident. Plus, anyone listening to the audio … hears what is quite clearly Trump’s voice saying things like ‘I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there’ and ‘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.'”