The New York Times published an article on Saturday about Roy Moore and President Trump's reluctance to distance himself from him. In the piece, an interesting quote came to light.
But something deeper has been consuming Mr. Trump. He sees the calls for Mr. Moore to step aside as a version of the response to the now-famous 'Access Hollywood' tape, in which he boasted about grabbing women’s genitalia, and the flood of groping accusations against him that followed soon after. He suggested to a senator earlier this year that it was not authentic, and repeated that claim to an adviser more recently.
Yes, you read that correctly. The President has allegedly been claiming to people that the famed Access Hollywood tape is inauthentic.
Kind of undermining his own credibility since he initially excused it as harmless "locker room talk." If he wanted to refute its authenticity, I'm afraid that ship has sailed. 🙄— Melody Hargrave (@melody_hargrave) November 25, 2017
But now he plans to deny he never said it, contradicting the 'locker room' excuse.— Gazes Also (@GazesAls0) November 26, 2017
Billy Bush has already admitted to it. He's insane.— Nasty & Proud (@Hoping2HelpMom) November 25, 2017
More than a year after the fact, now he’s claiming the tape isn’t authentic? You literally can’t make this stuff up.— Neale (@AbeFroman) November 25, 2017
To me, Trump is setting up the "pee" sex-tapes (they are not golden shower scenes, but do have violence: Source with direct knowledge) as being fake when they come out. Maybe soon? Maybe CNN has a copy?— Puesto Loco™ (@PuestoLoco) November 26, 2017
It's clear why trump is suddenly claiming the Access Hollywood isn't him or isn't authentic when that's clearly a lie. He's setting a narrative that anything else that's released in the future that has him on it saying or admitting to grotesque things won't be real either. 🖕— Ricky Davila 🇵🇷 (@TheRickyDavila) November 26, 2017
His base is good with it. They say it’s just harmless locker room talk among pals, and happened a long time ago when 45 was young.....except it wasn’t in a locker room, it was at work. They weren’t pals, he was being interviewed, and he was 57.— fajdkmgott (@fajdkmgott) November 26, 2017
Fox will amplify this narrative and his supporters will eagerly believe it. Many of my neighbors already saying it’s not him.— ElephantJuice (@DanceMyVoice) November 26, 2017
Trump now calling Access Hollywood tape fake is absolutely classic gaslighting. Designed to make you question your own sanity. No Donald, we only question yours.— Tony Schwartz (@tonyschwartz) November 28, 2017