Trump Says He Almost Filed Lawsuit Over “Access Hollywood” Tape
President Trump revealed this week that he considered filing a lawsuit against NBC after the network dropped an October surprise bombshell on his campaign in 2016: A secret recording of then-Apprentice host Trump saying sexually explicit things to “Access Hollywood” host Bill Bush years prior to the billionaire’s foray into politics.
The tape immediately became the most explosive talk of the campaign season; its most frequently highlighted (and vulgar) line turned into a rallying cry on the left and seemed certain to tank the Republican nominee’s chances of overcoming Hillary Clinton.
Obviously, we know that things didn’t play out like that. Trump’s supporters were forgiving of the candidate’s past transgressions, willing to buy that his commentary on the tape was just “locker room talk,” and saw no reason to let this mild excursion into bad taste be a reason to throw our nation to the Democrats for another four long years. But at the time…it seemed like a campaign killer. And it was at that time that Trump thought about suing NBC for releasing the tape in the first place.
“That tape was, there are even questions about this tape,” Trump told the Daily Caller in an interview this week. “I had a lawsuit prepared, a lawsuit that was prepared to be filed against NBC because they leaked that tape. They gave it to the Washington Post because they couldn’t put it out there themselves cause they would’ve had tremendous liability so they gave it to the Washington Post to put out.
“I had a lawyer hired to bring a suit right after the election ended, but one problem arose,” Trump said. “I won the election. What were the damages? I won the election.”
It may seem strange for the Daily Caller to question the president about a tape that literally no one is talking about anymore, but the subject turned to the “Access Hollywood” story in light of Trump’s latest attacks on NBC. Disgusted by recent revelations that show the extent to which the network sought to kill Ronan Farrow’s reporting on Harvey Weinstein (the journalist ultimately took his story to The New Yorker), Trump tweeted last week that he might have to take action against his former business colleagues at NBC.
“NBC FAKE NEWS, which is under intense scrutiny over their killing the Harvey Weinstein story, is now fumbling around making excuses for their probably highly unethical conduct,” he tweeted. “I have long criticized NBC and their journalistic standards-worse than even CNN. Look at their license?”
President Trump says these things to get a rise out of the media, which is always looking for an excuse to write another round of stories about how they’re the victim in all of this – stories which, in turn, cause even more Americans to shake their heads and come to the belated realization that (most) Washington journalists are more interested in warring with Donald Trump than reporting the facts. See, Trump needs no government action to push the liberal media into irrelevance; they’re more than happy to do the heavy lifting themselves.