Even Tic Tacs are backing away from Donald Trump.
“Tic Tac respects all women,” the brand tweeted on Saturday from its verified account. “We find the recent statements and behavior completely inappropriate and unacceptable.”
On Friday, the Washington Post released a 2005 video showing Trump and then-Access Hollywood host Billy Bush making graphic comments about women. “I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her,” the GOP nominee said in the video in reference to Days of Our Lives star Arianne Zucker. “You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women] — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. … Grab ’em by the p—y. You can do anything.”
The comments have been widely criticized by everyone from Republican leader Paul Ryan, Terminator star Arnold Schwarzenegger, and even Trump’s own running mate, Mike Pence.
In a statement released early Saturday morning, Trump offered up a rare apology. “I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not,” Trump said. “I’ve said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more-than-a-decade-old video are one of them. Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.”