|Trump, in video still, apologized for lewd remarks about|
women he made in a private conversation in 2005. The
political repercussions for his remarks are yet to be
determined, though some Republicans are calling for him
to drop out of the race.
Trump's October surprise is the release of a lewd audio from 2005 captured in a "hot mic" moment. The conversation with radio and television host Billy Bush captures Trump using crass language to describe his attempted sexual exploits, along with comments from Trump that he feels comfortable as a celebrity touching women without any threat of repercussions. In addition, it suggests possible marriage infidelity just months into marriage with his current wife, Melania.
Republicans have been quick to disavow the remarks, with House Speaker Paul Ryan making clear that Trump was no longer welcome to campaign with him at an upcoming event. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also called his remarks "unacceptable in any circumstance."
Trump himself apologized for the remark, saying in a video, "Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it. I am wrong. I apologize. I’ve never said I am a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I am not. I’ve said and done things I regret and the words released today on this more than decade-old video are one of them.”
He went on to attack Bill and Hillary Clinton in his apology video, saying, "Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims. We will discuss this more in the coming days. See you at the debate on Sunday."
In the wake of the audio release, some Republicans have called on him to drop out of the race in favor of his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who was widely seen as having had a solid debate performance this past week. Trump has responded that there is "zero chance" of the happening.
You can watch the video containing the audio below (NSFW):
Clinton's October Surprise came only hours after Trump's, with Wikileaks releasing excerpts of her speeches to major financial firms. The speech transcripts, coming from hacked DNC emails, suggest a more pro-free trade and pro-Wall Street Hillary Clinton than the one currently running for President.
|Any poll boost Clinton may have received from Trump's|
October surprise may be muted by her own, which involved
the transcripts of some of the speeches she gave to Wall
Credit: Getty/Justin Sullivan
According to Naomi LaChance of The Intercept, "The excerpts are revealed in an email from Tony Carrk, the research director of the Clinton campaign, to John Podesta, the campaign chairman, and other top campaign officials. Carrk, who did not respond to a request for comment, highlighted in the memo the most politically damaging quotes from each paid speech, under headers including “CLINTON ADMITS SHE IS OUT OF TOUCH,” “CLINTON SAYS YOU NEED TO HAVE A PRIVATE AND PUBLIC POSITION ON POLICY,” and “CLINTON REMARKS ARE PRO KEYSTONE AND PRO TRADE.”
Clinton also hinted that she favors internal bank reforms, rather than government-mandated reforms.
These revelations come as Clinton continues to be viewed as untrustworthy and dishonest by a majority of Americans though she still maintains an advantage in nationwide polling. If the news of Trump's old audio had not been released one day before, this release would likely be dominating the news cycle one day before the next Presidential debate. But for the meantime, Clinton can find solace that Trump's October surprise will also be a major subject in the debate lead up (and vice versa).