Over the weekend, President Donald Trump proclaimed that the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape -- which caught him boasting about grabbing women — is fake. The move comes after Trump admitted to the video being real in 2016 and apologized for it, claiming it was nothing more than "locker room talk."
"I said it. I was wrong. And I apologize," Trump said in 2016.
In the wake of allegations that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore molested multiple girls, Ivanka Trump tweeted that there was a "special place in hell" for people who harm children. Her father was reportedly furious over the tweet and personally identified with the allegations facing Moore.
CNN's Alisyn Camerota noted that Trump's tweet "sounds like, if not a revision of history, a significant break from reality."
Political analyst Alex Burns explained that Trump wasn't prompted by Moore, rather he's been stewing over the "Access Hollywood" tape for months. Burns believes that Trump is most concerned that men who are accused of such things are falsely accused.
"People see it as an extension of the impulse we've seen with the president again and again," Burns continued. "To try and go back to change the facts of the recent observable past in order to persuade people that actually he was right all along or actually he was more successful all along. It makes people uncomfortable... but there's no one close to him that has decided to take him on directly and say, 'Mr. President, you have to stop saying that.'"
"Listen, what we are seeing with the president is as obvious as it is shameful," co-host Chris Cuomo cut in. "He made a calculation with Moore. That's politics. Remember, it's easier for him to do it. He doesn't buy the authenticity of the accusations. He didn't buy them against him. He's now analogizing them to Moore. Your reporting reveals that he's having those conversations."
Cuomo noted that when it comes to the "Access Hollywood" tape, Trump might actually believe that it's not authentic.
"I think it is way more troubling than it is getting trouble for," Cuomo continued. "I don't think this is an offhand comment. I think he believes this will work with people, that if he doubts its authenticity, that is him on that tape, OK? That's who it is. He did what he said. He kind of owned it. He said it was locker room talk and it wasn't truthful. It would make him the largest liar of any guy in the locker room I've ever been around."
Cuomo noted he has never herad that kind of detail of any scenario that "every one of which was BS when it proved convenient. I think it is is scary. If he will go to that level of saying, 'Yeah, it's fake,' what else will he say that's not as clear-cut? That's the concern on something like this."
Watch the full conversation below: