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Donald Trump Issues Video Apology After Vulgar Comments Leak

“I said it, it was wrong, and I apologize,” candidate says of 2005 remarks

Late Friday night, Donald Trump issued a video apology after his vulgar comments about women from a 2005 interview leaked. “I said it, it was wrong, and I apologize,” Trump said in the 90-second video posted to his social media account.

“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,” Trump added. “Anyone who knows me, know these words don’t reflect who I am.”

Trump’s video apology came hours after the Republican nominee dismissed the footage as “locker room talk” and apologized only if “anyone was offended” by the comments. Both sides of the aisle were quick to admonish Trump for his remarks – which included the mogul bragging to Access Hollywood‘s Billy Bush that celebrities “can get away with anything” with women, even “grab them in the pussy” – with Hillary Clinton tweeting that what Trump said was “horrific.”

Paul Ryan disinvited Trump from a much-publicized get-together at the Wisconsin Fall Fest this weekend, with vice president nominee Mike Pence taking the mogul’s place (Pence ultimately canceled his appearance). Both the “sickened” Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell implored Trump to offer a more genuine apology that his brief statement earlier in the day.

However, rather than simply apologize, Trump used his video to further blast Bill and Hillary Clinton for alleged previous improprieties.

“I’ve said some foolish things, but there is a big difference between words and actions,” Trump said. “Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims.”

Trump warned in conclusion, “We will discuss this more in the coming days. See you at the debate on Sunday.”

Read Trump’s entire apology below:

Here is my statement.

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, know these words don’t reflect who I am.

I said it, it was wrong, and I apologize.

I’ve travelled 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’ve 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 8 years ago and Washington is broken.

Hillary Clinton, and her kind, have run our country into the ground.

I’ve said some foolish things, but there is a big difference between words and actions. 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.

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