Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the infamous Donald Trump “Access Hollywood” tape — yes, that tape — and at least one women’s group is not going to let the date go unnoticed.
Ultraviolet, a women’s advocacy organization, is playing the footage in a continuous loop from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. The group will be broadcasting in view of the White House on a jumbo television screen — just to make sure the president doesn’t miss it.
“UltraViolet has lead campaigns against Trump since his time on the 2016 campaign trail, constantly calling him out for misogynistic comments, including the initial release of the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape,” Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet, told The Wrap.
— UltraViolet (@UltraViolet) October 6, 2017
On Oct. 8, 2016, the Washington Post broke the original story of Donald Trump boasting in 2005 on a hot mic about committing sexual assault.
“You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait,” Trump told Billy Bush while on the set of “Access Hollywood.”
“When you’re a star, they let you do it,” he added.
The resulting firestorm led to Bush’s swift dismissal from the Today Show; Donald Trump was elected President of the United States a month later.
“The ‘Access Hollywood’ video was a vulgar display of Trump’s true colors. It was not so-called ‘locker room talk,’ it was a man bragging about sexually assaulting women,” Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet, said in a press release. “The Donald Trump on that tape is the same Donald Trump that sits in the Oval Office every day, aggressively pursuing an anti-woman agenda, including the active dismantling of legal protections for survivors of sexual assault.
“That is why we are showing the video on loop in DC, and that is why it is all the more important that we stand up and ‘grab back.”