Donald Trump is issuing a rare apology after a video caught him making lewd, sexually charged comments about women in 2005, the AP reports. But he also downplayed the comments as "locker room banter." He issued the statement after the Washington Post revealed video of Trump caught on a hot mic while talking with Billy Bush, then of Access Hollywood. In the video, Trump is heard saying he "did try and f--- her," referring to an unknown woman, whom he admitted was married. The video was recorded months after his own marriage to Melania Trump, but it was unclear when the encounter he was describing took place. "I moved on her, and I failed. I'll admit it," he said.
More comments followed after the pair noticed actress Arianne Zucker, who was waiting to meet them outside the bus for a taping. "I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her,” Trump says. “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. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.” He adds, "Grab them by the p-----." In a statement, Trump said: “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.” On Twitter, Hillary Clinton wrote: “This is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president.”