Nancy O’Dell has broken her silence about the now-infamous audio of Donald Trump and Billy Bush in which she was discussed in explicit terms that has dealt monumental damage to his presidential campaign.
“Politics aside, I’m saddened that these comments still exist in our society at all. When I heard the comments yesterday, it was disappointing to hear such objectification of women. The conversation needs to change because no female, no person, should be the subject of such crass comments, whether or not cameras are rolling. Everyone deserves respect no matter the setting or gender. As a woman who has worked very hard to establish her career, and as a mom, I feel I must speak out with the hope that as a society we will always strive to be better.”
O’Dell released the statement through Entertainment Tonight earlier this afternoon. In addition to Trump’s controversial description of an act that has been repeatedly described as sexual assault if true, he also talked at length about a failed attempt to initiate a sexual encounter with O’Dell. “I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it. I did try and f*** her. She was married,” Trump said.
He continued along those lines becoming more explicit and crude as he elaborated on that failure. “And I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, ‘I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture.’ I moved on her like a b**ch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married.”
The Trump campaign has been in crisis mode since the audio leaked, with a growing number of prominent Republicans, among them Arnold Schwarzenegger, calling for the GOP candidate to drop out of the presidential race. Trump for his part has been defiant, issuing a video statement last night, billed as an apology, that largely dismissed the controversy with a cursory acknowledgment and then shifted discussion to longstanding conspiracy theories about former President Bill Clinton and current Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.