Shortly before the 2016 presidential election, an Access Hollywood tape surfaced, in which Donald Trump bragged about grabbing women in extremely personal places without their consent — in other words, sexual assault. And now, Access Hollywood confirmed that the tape is “very real,” despite Trump’s recent claim that it could be fake.
According to The New York Times, Trump recently said that the tape was falsified. The Times reports that Trump “suggested to a senator earlier this year that it was not authentic, and repeated that claim to an adviser more recently.” On November 27th, Maggie Haberman, who wrote the Times report, told CNN that a third person had heard Trump doubting whether or not it was his voice on the tape.
But during the campaign, Trump made no attempt to deny that he said what was captured on the tape. Instead, as Morales noted in her broadcast, he dismissed his use of the phrase “grab them by the pussy” as “locker room talk.” Trump even acknowledged what he said and apologized in a video statement posted to his social media accounts on October 7th, 2016.
It’s bizarre that Trump would deny the authenticity of the tape, especially after already apologizing for what he said. Unfortunately, we can’t say we’re surprised; this is the same president whose official position is that the many women accusing him of sexual assault are liars. However, no matter how much Trump denies the validity of the tape, the facts are against him.