A day after hot-mic audio emerged of millionaire presidential candidate Donald Trump boasting of groping and forcing himself on women, he has promised to be "a better man." In a taped statement about his taped statements, Trump apologizes for the words he used, if not the actions they describe.
Here is my statement. pic.twitter.com/WAZiGoQqMQ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2016
I've never said I'm a perfect person nor pretended to be someone that I'm not. 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.
Anyone who knows me knows these words don't reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.
I've traveled the country talking about change for America, but my travels have also changed me. I've spent time with grieving mothers who've lost their children, laid-off workers whose jobs have gone to other countries, and people from all walks of life who just want a better future. I have gotten to know the great people of our country, and I've been humbled by the faith they placed in me.
I pledge to be a better man tomorrow and will never, ever let you down.
Let's be honest: We're living in the real world. This is nothing more than a distraction from the important issues we are facing today. We are losing our jobs; we are less safe than we were eight years ago; and Washington is totally broken. Hillary Clinton and her kind have run our country into the ground. I've said some foolish things but there's 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. We will discuss this more in the coming days. See you at the debate on Sunday.
Trump is 70 years old. Why should we forgive him for what he did 10 years ago, but insist his opponent be blamed for what her husband did 30 years ago?