Nearly a year after the release of the Access Hollywood tape featuring then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, one women’s advocacy organization is not letting the president--or anyone--forget about it.
UltraViolet, a feminist group, will be playing the tape on loop all day Friday behind the White House. The stream began at 9 a.m. in the morning and will not cease until 9 p.m. The group also held a rally at noon in Lafayette Square called the Rally to Grab Back. This is a reference to one of Trump’s more infamous line in the tape in which he said, “grab them by the p---y,” when speaking about women.
According to UltraViolet’s Facebook event, they are rallying against the administration which they say is “dismantling protections for sexual assault survivors.” Last month, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos rescinded Obama-era campus sexual assault guidelines.
The 2005 hot-mic tape surfaced last year during the presidential election. In it, Trump and then-Access Hollywood reporter Billy Bush engage in an expletive-laced conversation in which Trump brags about kissing and touching women. The explosive tape, which was released by The Washington Post, caused an immediate reaction. Trump later apologized and referred to the language used in the tape as “locker room talk.” Bush was fired from his job at The Today Show.