Donald Trump, Caught Making Light of Sexual Assault on Tape, Apologizes — Watch

Donald Trump, Caught Making Light of Sexual Assault on Tape, Apologizes — Watch

An video released yesterday that contained remarks by Donald Trump that he kisses women before they give permission and that his fame allows him to "grab them by the p*ssy" sent the Republican presidential candidate into damage-control mode.

People magazine reports that Trump's comments with a TV host — which he had previously chalked up to little more than locker-room banter — led Trump to issue a video apology... of sorts.

In the video viewed by 10 million people overnight, Trump said, "I never said I’m a perfect person nor pretended to be someone that I’m not. I’ve said and done things I regret and the words released today on the more than decade-old video are one of them. Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am."

In the most direct apology he has issued on any topic during his controversial campaign, Trump went on to say, “I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize."


Still, he was anything but cowed by the media frenzy — which includes a damaging New York Daily News cover and countless Twitter weigh-ins — turning his apology into an attack on his opponent, Hillary Clinton, whom he will face in a second debate Sunday night.

New York Daily News
The New York Daily News issued one of its boldest covers today.

“Hillary Clinton and her kind have run our country into the ground. 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. I pledge to be a better man tomorrow, and will never, ever let you down. See you at the debate on Sunday."

Hillary Clinton's immediate response to what social media has named the #TrumpTapes was to call Trump's remarks "horrific" and to urge Americans not to "allow this man to become president."

Other politicians, commentators, and celebrities are also reacting on social media: