Donald Trump remains defiant over the groping tape scandal as calls for him to quit the presidential race continue to grow. The candidate told reporters, 'I'd never withdraw' and 'there's zero chance I'll quit'. More leading Republicans are now openly calling for him to be replaced by his running-mate Mike Pence.
Following a storm of criticism and anger, Donald Trump issued an unprecedented apology: "I was wrong and I apologise" after being caught on tape making shockingly crude comments about a married woman he tried to seduce.
In the recording, obtained by The Washington Post and NBC News, Trump describes trying to have sex with a married woman and brags about women letting him kiss and grab them because he is famous.
"When you're a star they let you do it," he says. "You can do anything." He adds seconds later: "Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything."
Trump made the unguarded comments to Billy Bush, then presenter of a show called Access Hollywood and appears to be unaware the microphone is on.
Following an intense backlash, Trump made a video apology for the remarks made in 2005, in which he quickly turned from humble to attack mode.
Trump claimed "Bill Clinton has actually abused women" and that Hillary Clinton "bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated" her husband's "victims" in the apology, which has been widely panned as disingenuous.
Here is my statement. pic.twitter.com/WAZiGoQqMQ
-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2016
Clinton's camp has pounced on the comments, issuing a devastating attack advert featuring derogatory statements Trump has made to and about women alongside the newly-released footage
-- Mason Report® (@TheMasonReport) October 8, 2016
The word Twitter storm gets bandied around a lot, but this incident has truly sparked one.
Using the hashtag #TrumpTapes, social media users are letting rip at Trump's original remarks and his subsequent apology.
-- Jesse Breshears (@theJBombDiggity) October 8, 2016
Some argued that this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Trump's errors and are wondering why everyone else is surprised.
-- Melissa Byrne (@mcbyrne) October 8, 2016
If you're a Republican and you're surprised by the #TrumpTapes, you haven't been paying attention for the last 18 months.
-- William Lucas (@wdlucas) October 8, 2016
Others commented on prominent republicans distancing themselves from the presidential candidate.
-- Benjamin Dixon (@TheBpDShow) October 8, 2016
Amusing to watch senior republicans scurry for lifeboats on the Titanic. #Trumptapes
-- Yusuf Toropov (@LiteraryStriver) October 8, 2016
Funny how some Republicans (and reporters) just now discovered Trump is rotten. All the Hillary-bashing blinded them to reality. #TrumpTapes
-- Peter Daou (@peterdaou) October 8, 2016
It's going to be a long day for the Trump campaign.