With just two days left before the second presidential debate in St. Louis, another Donald Trump scandal has put the Trump campaign into crisis mode. The latest scandal involves a 2005 video released to The Washington Post, which includes audio from a hot microphone where the Republican candidate is heard making vulgar comments about women while openly talking with former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush. The two were headed to the set of “Days of our Lives” where Trump was scheduled to tape a cameo appearance at the time.
Leading up to their arrival at the Burbank based set of the soap, Bush is heard saying, “Sheesh, your girl’s hot as s–t. In the purple,” seemingly referring to “DAYS” actress Arianne Zucker (Nicole Walker), who is later shown wearing a purple mini-dress awaiting their arrival as the the vehicle came to a stop. “Whoa! responds Trump to Bush. “Yes! the Donald has scored,” replies Bush.
Before stepping off the Access Hollywood designed tour bus, Trump says, “Maybe it’s a different one,” before Bush responds and says, “It better not be the publicist. No, it’s her.” Trump agreed and said, “Yeah, it’s her. With the gold.” Trump then tells Bush, “I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. 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. Grab them by the p—y. You can do anything.”
After exiting the bus and getting introductions out of the way, Bush suggests Zucker give Trump a hug before requesting one for himself. Later, as they walk through the “DAYS” studio towards the set, Zucker offers to get in the middle of the two gentleman after Bush, who referred to himself as “the little guy,” felt out of place. “Yeah, you get in the middle. There you go,” Bush says to Zucker.
Bush later asks Zucker which one of the two she would be willing to go on a date with. “Now, if you had to choose honestly between one of us. Me or the Donald?” he asks, which Zucker laughingly responds, “I have to take the Fifth on that one.” She then adjusts her answer and says she would take both on a date.
Just before heading to set, Bush gave his goodbyes to both Zucker and Trump as he prepared for that days taping of Access Hollywood.
Since the story broke earlier today, Trump released a statement to the Post, which 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.” He added, “I apologize if anyone was offended.”
Bush released his own statement via NBCUniversal, which says, “Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed. It’s no excuse, but this happened eleven years ago — I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along. I’m very sorry.”
Following the airing of Trump’s cameo appearance on “DAYS” back in 2005, “Saturday Night Live” parodied Trump with Seth Meyers portraying a fictitious director in a segment with Amy Poehler playing Arianne Zucker. Darrell Hammond portrayed Trump.