“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. When you’re a star they’ll let you do it, you can do anything. Grab ‘em by the p****. You can do anything.”
These were the lewd comments so widely condemned, even from members of his own party, that many are questioning whether they could be the remarks that spell Donald Trump's demise. Made in 2005 and published by the Washington Post on Friday, they are among just a handful of controversial comments the Republican nominee has actually appeared somewhat contrite over.
But Mr Trump’s objectification of women started well before his campaign for the Republican nomination, at least judging by comments he made about whether he could have had sex with Princess Diana in an interview shortly after she was killed in a car crash.
Mr Trump’s campaign has been marked by provocative and problematic comments about women, which follow a number of “sexist” claims made in recent years.
In a 1997 interview unearthed by BuzzFeed in February, Mr Trump and radio show host Howard Stern discussed the late Princess’s attractiveness and whether the billionaire magnate would have been able to “nail” Diana.
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
Mr Trump claimed Diana had sent him the “most beautiful, warm letter” after he did her a personal favour and sent her some flowers.
“Why do people think it’s egotistical of you to say you could’ve gotten with Lady Di?” Stern asked Mr Trump. “You could’ve gotten her, right? You could’ve nailed her.”
Mr Trump replied: “I think I could have.“
Stern then suggested Diana was “not that attractive”, to which he responded: “She was actually really beautiful. I thought she was supermodel beautiful.
“She had times when she didn’t look great and she had times when she looked better than anyone in the world. But she had supermodel... she had the height, she had this, she had magnificent skin, she was a great beauty.”
Mr Trump's gendered statements have been a source of contention throughout his career and saw him subjected to a #periodsarenotaninsult campaign in August over his remarks about Fox News host Megan Kelly. The ramifications of these newly unearthed comments to his campaign for the White House remains to be seen.
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