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A newly released video obtained by The Washington Post contains an interaction with Donald Trump that is vying for first place in the Top 10 Things Wrong With This Man.
The video comes from a 2005 Access Hollywood taping where Donald Trump was to discuss appearing on the soap opera Days of Our Lives. He arrives on a bus with reporter Billy Bush, apparently unaware his microphone is already live.
Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump is heard at the beginning of the video relaying a story of how he failed when trying to "move on" a woman in Palm Beach, saying he tried to have sex with the married woman after taking her out furniture shopping. He laments seeing the woman at a later date, finding out she had "changer her look" with "big phony tits."
Around the 1:11 mark, the candidate that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has endorsed seemingly shakes a pack of Tic Tacs while saying he should take some "in case I start kissing her," with the woman he's referring to being out of frame. It seems this is a common occurrence for Trump, stating whenever he's near a beautiful woman, "I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait."
Donald J. Trump, for whom Texas Senator Ted Cruz recently spent time phone-banking, feels entitled to non-consensual physical interactions with women because, "[...] when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything." The 'anything' Trump is referring to also includes grabbing them "by the p***y," if his statement at 1:25 in the video is to be believed.
Once the Donald—endorsed by the largest police union in the United States—exits the vehicle, he's nice enough to refrain from sexually assaulting the woman whose beauty required him to take Tic Tacs earlier.
Beyond the obviously terrifying, there's a special rarity in what's happened here. David Fahrenthold reached out to Indiana Governor Mike Pence's running mate and the campaign released a public statement on the contents of the video:
Yes, the man who Oculus founder Palmer Luckey donated $10,000 to support is sorry if you're offended that he bragged about committing sexual assault.
Tim Kaine was asked for a response on the video and had this to say:
— Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) October 7, 2016