How much will the Trump leaked tapes affect the election?

10 October 2016   
How much will the Trump leaked tapes affect the election?

Despite a WikiLeaks dump of numerous documents on Friday depicting a troubling link between Hillary Clinton and Wall Street financial interests, the media has hardly paid it any attention. And for good reason: The Washington Post released a decade-old tape on which Donald Trump’s microphone captured the presidential candidate making overtly offensive, crude remarks about women.

The tape is from 2005, and it captures a conversation between Trump and then-Access Hollywood star Billy Bush in the show’s official trailer. As the two arrive on the set of “Days of Our Lives,” they begin discussing a sexual advance that Trump had made on a married woman years before. “I moved on her, and I failed. I’ll admit it. I did try and f--- her. She was married.”

The Republican candidate can then be heard explaining how he took this married woman out on a date to purchase furniture, which appears to be an evident attempt by Donald to get in her good graces for sexual purposes. “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.’” Bear in mind, this IS a married woman. “I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married,” Trump continues. “Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look.”

The conversation takes a turn for the worst, as Trump then discusses making unwanted sexual advances on women. “I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her,” he 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,” he furthers. “You can do anything.” The comment that has stoked the most controversy, however, is when he says that he can “grab them by the p---y. You can do anything.”

Understandably so, this has stoked outrage within the media and political community. Leading Republican politicians have distanced themselves from Trump, as House Speaker Paul Ryan disinvited the candidate from a fundraising event this weekend, and several other lawmakers have rescinded their support for the Party’s candidate. Some have even called on Trump to drop out of the race altogether.

Trump, for the first time on the campaign trail, apologized for his offensive remarks. However, the apology felt insincere, as he shifted the focus away from himself and onto the Clintons, who have had their fair share of sexual debacles in the public eye. “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,” said the candidate in a palpably scripted, televised address to the nation.

The tape, of course, was a major point of contention in last night’s second presidential debate, as Hillary pointed to the fact that Trump would be an abysmal role model for this country’s youth, given his rampant misogyny and contempt for women.

Do you think this tape will affect Trump’s ability to win in November?