Here is the original video of Donald Trump's lewd comments caught on a hot mic with "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush. The incident occurred in 2005, while Trump was traveling for a guest stint on "Days of Our Lives." The video was leaked to The Washington Post via an anonymous tipster.
Trump released a defiant, 90-second video shortly after midnight accepting responsibility for the comments—before attacking Bill and Hillary Clinton and dismissing the controversy as a distraction. It was not a well-received apology.
But a majority of Republican insiders think Trump can survive this thing, and believe Hillary Clinton's leaked Wall Street speeches will limit any party defectors. Trump has shown a remarkable tenacity for escaping controversies before, why not now?
“Trump has said things that would have knocked other candidates out in a heartbeat,” said a Wisconsin Republican. “It is unlikely his hardcore supporters will turn on him, but Republicans and independents who were moving his way are now back in the confused and uncertain state. Trump won’t overcome the statements — he will just move on, and in 24 hours the media will have something else to talk about.”
Things are different this time, though. Trump may not be able to escape unscathed. Not only is every GOP party member racing to denounce him, some are even calling for him to step aside. Campaign staffers also sound fatalistic, per a CNN article:
"This is bad. I think this thing is over," the staffer said.