Trump Issues Blunt Video Statement on Leaked Audio of His Lewd Remarks as Republicans Withdraw Support
Donald Trump issued a statement late Friday in response to the uproar concerning leaked audio that captured him making lewd remarks about women.
“I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not,” Trump said in the video message. “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.”
The Republican presidential candidate claimed the comments don’t reflect who he is as a man.
“I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize,” he added.
Trump also attacked his opponent in the short video message, accusing Clinton and her “kind” of running the country into the ground.
“I’ve said some foolish things, but there is 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,” he added.
The leaked audio, recorded in 2005, has already sparked a considerable amount of controversy with roughly one month left before election day.
So far, two Republican members of Congress, Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Barbara Comstock, have withdrawn their support for Trump in a stunning rebuke.
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton seized on the controversy to attack Trump, calling the comments “horrific.”