Like a long, orange combover on a 71-year-old man, a certain threshold of denial is something we’ve come to accept from the Trump Administration. This week, the Roy Moore allegations were brushed aside; TIME Magazine totally wanted Trump for “Person of the Year”; now Trump is claiming that the Access Hollywood tape is fake, according to the New York Times.
The paper reports that Trump has been floating the idea to government officials lately, long after admitting that he said those words, he quickly apologized, and he even made hay and called it “locker room talk.” They write:
He sees the calls for Mr. Moore to step aside as a version of the response to the now-famous “Access Hollywood” tape, in which he boasted about grabbing women’s genitalia, and the flood of groping accusations against him that followed soon after. He suggested to a senator earlier this year that it was not authentic, and repeated that claim to an adviser more recently. (In the hours after it was revealed in October 2016, Mr. Trump acknowledged that the voice was his, and he apologized.)
In other words, it’s the one and only apology you will ever get, and he regrets it sorely. If the claims are true, then even Trump is an unreliable source of information, according to Trump.
Review the transcript here.
Trump endorsed accused child molester Moore against the dissent of even Mitch McConnell and Ivanka. His daughter publicly denounced Moore, telling the AP earlier this month that she has no reason to doubt his accusers and that “there is a special place in hell for people who prey on children.” (Trump is annoyed about this, according to the Times.)
In other news of internal strife, the paper has also printed anonymous statements that John Kelly would like Ivanka and her phantom-like husband out of the White House by end of year. Kelly denies. Jared is working very, very hard on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, so leave him alone!