Women Are Sharing Their Devastating Experiences With Getting Groped in Response to Trump's 2005 Comments

October 8th 2016

Laura Donovan

A repulsive 2005 exchange between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and former "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush surfaced online on Friday, furthering Trump's negative image with women. In the recorded conversation, Trump joked about grabbing women in the "p---y" and kissing them without permission, prompting many women to share their own experiences with harassment and being touched without their consent on social media.


Trump responded to the release of the recording by stating that his comments were just "locker room banter," all but saying "boys will be boys." But the following tweets demonstrate that the content of his remarks hits close to home for women in a sinister way. Remarks about touching women without permission are no laughing matter to those who have experienced it.

Some of the tweets reveal experiences with street harassment, which 85 percent of women in the U.S. report experiencing before the age of 17, according to a 2015 study conducted by Hollaback! and Cornell University.

In the 2005 exchange, Trump talked about failing while pursuing a married woman he found attractive. He also talked about wanting to eat some Tic Tacs "just in case [he started] kissing" a woman he was meeting at the "Days of Our Lives" set.

"You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful, I just start kissing them," he continued. "It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything."

Trump offered up a statement on Friday saying that he was sorry if he offended anyone, but that he has heard much worse from former President Bill Clinton:

“This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course - not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended.”

Trump has a well-documented history of saying unkind things about women. He called women "dogs" and "fat pigs," among other things, and he also recently came under fire for his alleged treatment of Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado. The Venezuelan ex-model recently shared that Trump was very cruel to her when they worked together in the 1990s, bullying her for gaining weight and calling her "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping."

Trump responded to Machado's remarks by tweeting some unflattering comments about her in the early hours of September 30:

You watch ATTN:'s video of Trump's recording below: