Why This Tweet Is Coming Back to Haunt Donald Trump

October 7th 2016

Kyle Jaeger

A tweet sent by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in March took on new significance Friday after audio surfaced of a lewd 2005 conversation Trump had with former "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush.


Trump didn't seem to see a problem with foisting himself on women in the recorded conversation — in which he bragged about not waiting to kiss women and said famous people "can do anything," including grabbing them "by the p--sy."

But earlier this year, Trump considered pressing charges against reporter Michelle Fields for reportedly touching his arm as she attempted to ask a question.

"Victory press conference was over," Trump wrote. "Why is she allowed to grab me and shout questions? Can I press charges?"

It's been a long year, so here's a refresher on the controversy: On March 8, Fields — then a reporter for the conservative news site Breitbart — tried to ask Trump a question about affirmative action following a campaign event in Florida. Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, immediately pulled her away "with enough force to leave bruises on her arm," Politico reported.

Fields' boyfriend, Jamie Weinstein, an editor at The Daily Caller, tweeted about the encounter, which got picked up by the media and eventually became a national controversy.

Fields expected an apology. But an apology never came, and Trump said Fields was making the story up. In an effort to clear her name, Fields went to the police, and the police, in turn, charged Lewandowski with misdemeanor battery.

That's where the tweet comes in. People are sharing it again because it seems more ironic than ever that Trump — who has a well-documented history of making misogynistic comments and is now being widely criticized for his 2005 remarks — would entertain the idea of pressing charges against a reporter for grazing his arm. (It's important to note, however, that there's no evidence that Trump actually did what he said he'd do in the recording.)

Trump issued a statement on the recording on Friday and apologized "if anyone was offended."

ATTN: reached out to the Trump campaign for comment, but a representative was not immediately available. We'll update this story when we receive a response.