A series of tapes have been released over the last few days that have implicated GOP nominee Donald Trump in what can only be described as sexual assault.
After the Washington Post revealed conversations between Trump and Billy Bush in which Trump describes making unwanted and aggressive sexual advances toward women — including groping, kissing, and grabbing — there’s still more to come.
BuzzFeed News reported on Sunday that Trump also walked through the dressing rooms at the 2000 Miss USA pageant, where he watched the naked contestants prepare backstage.
“I’ll tell you the funniest is that I’ll go backstage before a show and everyone’s getting dressed,” Trump tells Howard Stern. The recordings were released by CNN on Saturday.
Trump continues, “No men are anywhere, and I’m allowed to go in, because I’m the owner of the pageant and therefore I’m inspecting it…. ‘Is everyone OK’? You know, they’re standing there with no clothes. ‘Is everybody OK?’ And you see these incredible looking women, and so I sort of get away with things like that.”
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His words to Stern echo similar statements that were recorded on the 2005 tapes, in which Trump suggests that he can do whatever he wants with women because of his status.
In the spring, a former Miss New Hampshire told BuzzFeed a similar account of the incident, noting that Trump walked through the dressing rooms during the 2000 pageant and stared at the women while they were undressed.
She said at the time, “The time that he walked through the dressing rooms was really shocking. We were all naked.” The Trump campaign denied in May that such an incident ever occurred.
During a primary victory speech in March, Trump told his supporters in Palm Beach, Florida, “I’m going to be really good for women.”
He’s made similar statements over the course of his campaign, including in an interview in Nevada just last week during which the former reality TV star said, “There’s nobody that has more respect for women than I do.”
Trump will be so good for women, just let him explain in his own words: “And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab them by the p*ssy. You can do anything.”
Women are unconvinced — 62 percent of female voters say they are less likely to vote for him, according to the latest ABC News poll.