Trump Denies ‘Grab Them By the P***y’ Comment

“How do you apologize for something and then renege on it?” asked Arianne Zucker, the subject of Trump’s woman-hating comments. Study: One out of every seven Americans over the age of 70 suffers from dementia.

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President Donald Trump has denied the authenticity of the recording where he bragged about grabbing women by the genitalia — remarks he admitted making and apologized for just last year.

Discussing Trump’s continued support for disgraced Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, The New York Times reported over the weekend:

“He 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.”

A 2005 “Access Hollywood” recording released last year during Trump’s campaign reveals Trump as saying of women, “And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab them by the p***y. You can do anything.”

Trump chalked the words up to “locker room banter” and insisted he would never actually do the things he described.

“I’ve said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than a decade-old video are one of them,” he said in a subsequent video apology. “Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.”

In fact, Trump not only admitted to making the remarks; he compared his comments to the actions of former President Bill Clinton, in an attempt to smear then Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

“I’ve said some foolish things, but there’s a big difference between the words and actions of other people. Bill Clinton has actually abused women, and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims.”

By apologizing and comparing words to actions, Trump acknowledged that the comments were real, the voice on the recording was his and the tape was authentic. It is therefore unclear why he is now questioning whether or not the tape was doctored. (Notably, according to a study released in October, one out of every seven Americans over the age of 70 suffer from dementia. Trump turned 71 on June 14.)

“Access Hollywood,” for its part, confirmed that the recording is in fact authentic.

“We wanted to clear something up that has been reported across the media landscape,” host Natalie Morales said on Monday. “Let us make this perfectly clear — the tape is very real. Remember his excuse at the time was ‘locker-room talk.’ He said every one of those words.”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders offered no further clarity on the president’s confusion.

When asked if Trump still stood by the tape’s legitimacy Sanders said, “He’s made his position on that clear at that time.”

When asked about Trump’s 2016 apology versus his 2017 denial and if his position has changed, Sanders said, “The president hasn’t changed his position. I think if anything, what the president questions is the media’s reporting on that accurately.”

“Look, I said that he’d already addressed it and that we didn’t have any updates to that,” Sanders added. “I said what he didn’t like and what he found troubling were the accounts that are being reported now.”

Sanders did not specify what the “accounts that are being reported now” actually are.

On the 2005 recording, moments before Trump made the remark about groping women, he said, “I better use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her.”

The “her” Trump was referring to was actress Arianne Zucker, who gave Trump a tour of the “Days of Our Lives” set that same day.

“You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. Just kiss. I don’t even wait,” Trump continued.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday asked Zucker if she could confirm the tape’s authenticity.

Zucker said that she was not with Trump at the time he made the remarks but didn’t have any reason to believe it was fabricated.

“Whatever happened beforehand, I’m assuming you’re mic’d and it’s recording as you’re driving in,” she said. “I don’t know how else that could be fake, unless someone’s planting words in your mouth. That’s the only other way. And it is puzzling to me.”

“How do you apologize for something and then renege on it?” Zucker questioned.

“Let’s just take responsibility for ourselves and our actions,” she went on. “I really truly believe that if you’re honest with yourself and you’re honest with the people around you, the repercussions are less because people go, ‘Wow.’ They appreciate your honesty and they’re gonna move forward with you instead of against you when you are constantly going back and forth.”

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  • I’m over 70 and — regardless of any degree of dementia — still know the difference between dementia and lying. Trump may well be demented, but he is also a compulsive liar.

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    • And a racist bigot misogynist. An unfortunate amalgamation because he is using all of these things to prop up what’s left of his presidency. After winning the electoral college by 72,000 people scattered across three states, but losing the popular vote by 3 million people, he has been true to his nature by being vindictive, petty and dishonest.

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  • I really wish Mr. Mueller would hurry up with his investigation so we can get this baffoon out of office. I’m so sick and tired of him and his foolishness! And the sad part is that his base believes every word that comes out of his mouth. Don’t they have brains to realize that almost all of what he says are lies and/or contradictions to what he previously said? It’s so frustrating!

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    • Michelle: Although I agree with you, I sometimes wonder whether Pence might be worse. He has a much more focused and developed hard-right philosophy than Trump ever has. And, he has a track record of ultra-conservative actions in his home state. On the other hand, I don’t *think* I would fear Pence dissing Pocahontas at a ceremony honoring Native American war heroes or threatening to start a nuclear war with North Korea. I do think America is in big trouble.

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      • I share your concerns about Pence. However, it’s quite possible that Pence was also involved in improper contacts with Russia, so he may not escape the consequences of Mueller’s investigation either.

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  • That tape is VERY valid. Just notice that Trump can’t figure out how to open the door on the bus. If it had been faked at all, that ‘Trump fingerprint’ would not be there.

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  • Disappointed Human

    While Trump’s actions are deeply disturbing and inexcusable, insinuating that his flip-flop is a result of dementia is inappropriate. Dementia is a devastating disorder and to use it in reference to a politician that has changed his stance (no matter how absurd) is disrespectful to those that suffer. He is unfit for reasons other than his age and inconsistencies.

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  • Why do the three monkeys come to mind?

    Will the trumpettes take the cue and convince themselves they never heard the tapes and trump admitting it’s him?

    Sure they will! Hear no evil, see no evil, say no evil against their great white hope as he dodders about the golf course swatting mosquitoes, as though that’ll solve malaria (the black and brown) “problem”.

    Anyway, they’ve convinced themselves he’s the greatest and would continue even as their flesh sloughed off from the radiation fallout after NK bombs us.

    How can you convince those who think getting a child predator into the Senate to vote conservative judges in is more important than child molesting? Or gun rights are more important that little dead white children?

    1984!

    Covfefe!

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  • Trump apologizes but then repudiates his own apology on p()ssy-grabbing kinda like Hillary Clinton did on sorting and deleting her improperly stored government emails and destroying/wiping/not wiping her evidence-bearing server before handing it over. Overall balance, I still prefer Trump.
    Dementia angle interesting, though, would love, love, love to see Pence replace him.

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    • One of the problems a lot of people had with Hillary was that she never — publicly — explained the whole email situation. Since she was threatened with criminal prosecution, that’s understandable, but it did seriously damage the viability of her campaign.

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      • She was too cute by half about breaking the law. Her evasive responses, failure to be forthright, outright falsehoods and her email ending up on the laptop of a three times caught pervert, delivered the election to trump on a silver platter.

        We’re headed to war with a country whose frontline troops have worms because a addled acting fraud is president. Clinton is completely responsible for what happens next.

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        • I wouldn’t hold her completely responsible. She had a lot of help from the Russians, the DNC, Comey, etc.

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          • No email, no Comey. The Russians were decisive only because her inept campaign made it close. She ran against a spray tanned fraud. Biden, Warren, Bernie or maybe Kamala would have won.

            Trump won the electoral college by 72,000 people across three states and lost the popular vote by 3 million.

            A heck of an epitaph if we use nukes against a country with 1/1,200th of our GDP to prop up trump’s failing presidency.

        • To be fair, Clinton had been pretty much hounded by Republicans over Bengazi for nearly 3 or 4 years straight, and was completely cleared of any wrongdoing in that matter. And those e-mails that turned up on Weiner’s laptop, as it turned out, turned out to be e-mails the FBI had already investigated. I also think Comey should have took a real good look at those e-mails before he made his big,stupid proclamation about it. Yeah, I blame him for throwing the election trumpf’s way, but the other thins I mentioned before were significant factors that contributed to her losing,too. And,yeah,trumpf lies so much, he wouldn’t know the truth if it jumped up and whomped him upside his head. He seems to think that if he can convince himself and everyone else that a lie is true,then it’s true, just because he says it.

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          • Had she turned over 100% of the email the first time she was asked, none of this would have been a factor in the election.

            Hillary’s entitled, privileged and pampered life paved the way for the worst person to very ever occupy the White House, including the vile Woodrow Wilson.

  • Since when do two wrongs make a right? Our Moral compass is totally off course and it is embarrassing!

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  • Within the past two weeks, several men have lost jobs due to being accused of sexual misconduct with women, two as recently as this morning.

    Moore and Trump have been accused, yet, they are still employed. Why is that?

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  • He’s a liar.
    Liar, liar your hands on fire. He keeps his job and others loose their jobs. ONLY IN AMERICA.

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