Republican Senator Mark Kirk , in a tough re-election battle to keep his Illinois Senate seat, is calling for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to step down following a damning 2005 video in which Trump is cavalierly bragging about being able to grope women and get away with it because of his fame.
Kirk, who has not endorsed Trump for president, called for Trump to drop out and for the Republican Party to implement its “rules for emergency replacement.”
— Mark Kirk (@SenatorKirk) October 8, 2016
On Thursday, the left-wing Washington Post, released the video showing Trump being recorded by a hot mic, having an extremely lewd conversation with then “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush, bragging that he could do “anything” to women, including “grab them by the pussy” and not be stopped (as Bush went right along, laughing all the way):
“I moved on her, and I failed. I’ll admit it,” Trump is heard saying. It was unclear when the events he was describing took place. The tape was recorded several months after he married his third wife, Melania.“Whoa,” another voice said.
“I did try and f— her. She was married,” Trump says.
Trump continues: “And I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, ‘I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture.’”
“I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married,” Trump says. “Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look.”
At that point in the audio, Trump and Bush appear to notice Arianne Zucker, the actress who is waiting to escort them into the soap-opera set.
“Your girl’s hot as s—, in the purple,” says Bush, who’s now a co-host of NBC’s “Today” show.
“Whoa!” Trump says. “Whoa!”“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,” Trump says. “You can do anything.”
“Whatever you want,” says another voice, apparently Bush’s.
“Grab them by the p—y,” Trump says. “You can do anything.”
For his part, Donald Trump issued a statement of apology “if” anyone was offended, downplaying the matter as “locker room banter” and a “private conversation” and said that Hillary Clinton’s husband, Bill Clinton, “has said far worse” to him on the golf course.
“No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement on Friday after seeing the Trump tape.
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who was defeated by Barack Obama in the 2012 general election, described Trump on the tape as “condoning assault.”
Hitting on married women? Condoning assault? Such vile degradations demean our wives and daughters and corrupt America's face to the world.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) October 8, 2016
There was no love lost between Senator Mark Kirk and Donald Trump even before the release of the video. Thursday night, Trump took a verbal shot at Kirk, stating that the reason Kirk is facing defeat in his reelection battle is because of his refusal to endorse Trump.
“I guess there’s a gentleman in Illinois who’s not doing very well,” Trump said, referencing Kirk. “He was actually taking out ads against me. I said, are you sure he’s a Republican? Maybe he’s a Democrat. He’s not doing well, but, hey, that’s his problem. He wasn’t for me and that’s for political reasons.”
Hillary Clinton, of course, weighed in on the matter, calling Trump’s comments “horrific,” Stating, “We cannot allow this man to become president.”
This is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president. https://t.co/RwhW7yeFI2
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 7, 2016
Hillary Clinton can’t really claim the moral high ground on Trump’s, however. For years, she attacked actual victims of Bill Clinton’s sexual assault (Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey), as well as smearing those he had known marital affairs with.
Could this election get any worse? Of course, it can, and it probably will. It’s October, the month of “October Surprises,” and we still have slightly over a month until November’s election.