In 2016, some thought a tape in which Donald Trump bragged about sexual assault would be the end of his political career. At the time, Trump acknowledged the voice on the recording was his and apologized for his vulgar comments about non-consensually grabbing women by the genitals while simultaneously dismissing his inappropriate language as "locker room talk." Now, according to The New York Times, Trump is thinking of officially proclaiming that the tape is a fake.
Trump's comments come in the wake of his defense of alleged pedofile Roy Moore, who the President officially endorsed last week. The Times states that Trump sees Moore's situation as akin to his own and doubts the validity of the claims made by several women who have accused Moore of a wide range of sexual crimes.
“Forty years is a long time. He’s run eight races, and this has never come up,” Trump said of Moore's accusers. “He says it didn’t happen ... You have to listen to him, also.”
In tandem with this denial, Trump is now saying privately that the notorious Access Hollywood tape is "not authentic." He allegedly made this statement to at least one senator and one advisor.
Whether or not Trump truly believes Moore's innocence is up for debate, although the times say that the President has, in private, characterized his endorsement as a "cold political calculus."
Moore, an extreme right wing candidate who believes homosexual activity should be illegal, is also standing beside Trump in his public commitments: “We’re going to make it clear to the voters of Alabama that Roy Moore is the candidate to help President Trump get a conservative Supreme Court and cut taxes,” said Brett Doster, a top Moore adviser. “That will be included in our ads, definitely.”
Meanwhile, Trump has spent the past few days going after network news stations on Twitter:
He also Tweeted the following statement about TIME magazine, which was almost immediately described as "incorrect" by the periodical.
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