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house speaker paul ryan tonight saying i am sickened by what i heard today, essentially disinviting donald trump from a planned paul ryan/donald trump event in wisconsin. that will now not be happening. as of right now, we are expecting donald trump to participate in sunday night in the debate. we will have coverage all night on sunday, starting at 6:00 eastern with chris hayes, chris matthews will be on at 7:00. at 8:00, we will be on. and then the debate, if it happens, starts at 9:00. you need to stick with us tonight as the story continues to develop. and you need to be paback with on sunday. that does it for us. now it's time for the last word with lawrence o'donnell. >> i believe i just heard you say the debate, if that happens, is that how much the political
world is rocking at 10:00 p.m. on friday night? >> you know, we had yamish here a few minutes ago about the republican party considering their options in case donald trump decides to abandon the nomination. he had previously raised the prospect that a hurricane could make him skip a debate. if i were donald trump i wouldn't do the debate. >> i have a feeling this is going to come up at the debate. >> if it happens. >> we will continue to cover this breaking news. paul ryan saying he's sickened by what donald trump said on that access hollywood video. so now paul ryan and reince priebus will not be joining donald trump at an event in wisconsin, because donald trump is not invited. as rachel said, there are reports of republican party meetings tonight in washington, actively considering the possibility of going into the presidential election without
donald trump, if donald trump drops out. if something else happens to make him drop out, or if this is enough. we will take a close look at that access hollywood video and consider exactly what donald trump is telling us about himself in that video, exactly what he is confessing to. we will also be joined by ken burns tonight, who is a leader of historians against donald trump. >> there's nobody, nobody that has more respect for women than i do. >> a big story just dropped on donald trump. >> when you're a star, they let you do it. can you grab them by the [ bleep ]. you can do anything. >> essential sexually assault. >> saying if anybody was offended is not an apology.
>> invariably, they'll say, this time we got him. >> there's no privacy anymore. >> she's now got the big phony [ bleep ]. she's totally changed her looks. >> it makes me sick to my stomach. >> trump recently said when he was talking about women, it was for entertainment purposes. >> we have never, ever heard a presidential candidate on tape talking like this. >> i should be surprised and shocked. i'm swad ll ll lly shocked that. >> the news of the day is that the republican candidate for president says that he is licensed to commit sexual assault at any time against any woman because he is a star. that's what he calls himself, a star. he thinks the way a child thinks about stars. a child thinks, if i'm hollywood star, i'll get to do whatever i
want. a deeply sick man who has the heart of a sex criminal thinks, i'll be able to grab anyone i want. in the video discovered today by david fahrenthold at the washington post that was recorded by access hollywood but not used in their show in 2005, donald trump essentially confesses to sex crimes. he says all of this with authority. he says that you can do this. you can do anything you want to any woman if you are a star like him. now the only way he could say that with authority is if he, is if he has that experience. if he's done it. he's grabbed women that way. in the video you are b're about watch, donald trump says i have to use some tic tacs, just in case i start kissing. this is a man who knows his own
behavior. so he's taking precautions. you can actually hear him shaking the tic tacs out of the container. he's taking the tic tacs, because he knows he might do what he's done before. he might just start kissing the woman whom he's not yet met, who he's approaching on the nbc lot in burbank that day. he then says, you know, i'm automatically attracted to beautiful, you know, i just start kissing them, it's like a magnet. i don't even wait. that is essentially a more aggressive version of what republican senator bob pack wood was accused of in an ethics committee investigation that led to his resignation from the senate just before the senate was ready to vote to expel hem. bob packwood did not deny those allegations. he said in that period of his life he was having serious problems with alcohol and under the influence of alcohol during
those incidents. but the united states senate basically went on record in 1 t saying you can be released from the senate. so you're not allowed to be a senator if you do what donald trump says he does. but donald trump's not running for senate. he's running for president of the united states. i just start kissing them. it's like a magnet. i don't even wait. that's a sex crime. that is battery, at minimum. and possibly assault and battery, depending on how physically aggressively donald trump does that to women. donald trump believes that the only possible repulsive thing
about him when he just starts kissing them is his bad breath. that's the only thing he's worried about 6, when he feels himself on that threshold of committing that particular crime. where are the tic tacs. that's the only thing that's on his mind. donald trump says, when you're a star, they let you do it. you can do anything. he didn't say, when you're a star, can you do anything that's legal. he said, when you're a star, they let you do it. you can do anything. and he didn't stop there. he said grab them by the -- i can't say it on television. here's tomorrow's cover of the new york daily news. that is the man who wants to be the next president of the united states. he believes it's okay for him, because he's a star, to grab your daughter by the -- grab
your daughter anyway he wants. anytime he wants. he thinks he can do that to your wife. he thinks he can do that to your mother, on this same video. donald trump talks about trying to have sex with a married woman. he used the f-word for that, which makes him the very first presidential candidate in history to be on video, recorded saying i tried to f her, she was married. no other presidential candidate in history has that particular combination of words recorded on video. just the republican nominee for president, so yes, he thinks he can f your wife, and he thinks he can grab your wife, and he thinks he can grab your mother. here is the video that is the worst october surprise that any campaign has ever suffered.
>> the thing is, you know. >> excuse me, but she's still very beautiful. >> i moved on her. i failed. i'll admit it. >> whoa.
>> i did try to [ bleep ] her. i took her out furniture shopping. i said i'll show you where they have nice furniture. i moved on her like a bitch. i couldn't get there, she's got the big phony [ bleep ]. >> she's your girl's hottie, in the purple. >> whoa, whoa. >> oh, my man. >> wait, wait, you got to look at her. >> you are a [ bleep ]. >> you got to get their on tais. >> you and i will walk out. >> oh, my god.
>> maybe it's a different one. >> no, it's her. >> that's her, with the gold. i got to use some tic tacs, just in case i start kissing her. i'm automatically attracted to beautiful, i just start kissing them. it's like a magnet. and when you're a star, you can do it. you can do anything. grab them by the [ bleep ]. do any of that. >> those legs, all you can see are the legs. >> no, it
looks good. >> come on, shorty. >> nice legs, hmm? >> get out of the way. >> it's always good if you don't fall out of the bus, like ford, gerald ford, remember? >> pull the handle. >> hello, how are you? hi. >> fleinice to meet you.
>> terrific. you know billy bush? >> are you ready to be a soap star? >> i'm ready, make me a soap star. melania said this was okay. >> melania said it was okay. i guess i forgot to mention that that's newly wed donald trump on that video. he married the third mrs. trump a few months before that day. donald trump issued a statement today in which he did not use the word, he used the word apologize, but he didndidn't ap. the statement said, this was locker room banter. i apologize if, if anyone was offended. that is the apology of a snake trying to pretend that what he had to say on that video is
somehow bill clinton's problem, and of course, he is still not a big enough person to actually apologize. he used the vile construction if a anyone was yoioffended. he spoke by name about a married woman, saying he tried to f her. the world knows she was offended, but donald trump didn't plied apologize to her, e in trump world, she might not be offended. she might not be. if, if she was offend. three years ago, he tweeted this, sexual pervert anthony weiner has no business holding public office. i have known and worked very closely with real hollywood stars. great actors, oscar winners, emmy winners, but not one of
those men would ever do anything like what donald trump confessed to in that video. not one of them. i never worked with arnold schwarzenegger. i only worked with real actors. he was repeatedly accused of doing things like that to women on sets. it has happened. donald trump's not the only person like donald trump. but donald trump's childish imagery of hollywood stars has nothing to do with reality. just like everything else in donald trump's troubled mind. i have never considered donald trump a star of any kind, but i will take his word for it. that he is a sex criminal. joining us now is cecille richards, a woman's health advocate and planned parent hood action fund. i want to get your reaction to this video, what you've seen on
it and what you think it means to the future of this campaign. >> well, i think, lawrence, like everybody else in america who's seen it, i'm disgusted. and i can tell you, it's interesting that donald trump says if anyone's offended. i think every single person i've talked to is offended. you know, women take sexual harassment and sexual assault very, very sear dwrusly. and to have a presidential candidate condone this kind of activity and even make light of it, it's unbelievable. he is absolutely unfit to be president. this is someone who obviously has never been held accountable for his action, and it's really, really been disgusting to see. >> i want to listen to what his former campaign manager, corey lewandowski said about this tonight. >> caller: clearly this is not how women should be spoken about. but we're not choosing a sunday
schoolteacher here. i want to be very clear about this. what we know about donald trump, this is 12 years ago. let me say, we're pointing a lead, we're electing a leader for the free world, not a sunday schoolteacher. >> what would you want to say to corey lewandowski about that. >> well, if there's anything that demonstrates that donald trump is not a leader, it's what we heard today. women have been disgusted by things he's said in the past. he's called women pigs, dogs, this is a newly. what's extraordinary today, lawrence, is the number of folks who are supporting donald trump, elected officials who say they're disgusted by his behavior, but they haven't distanced themselves from his candidacy. this is a man who cannot be trusted with the presidency, and it's time for people to say that. >> based on his own word the on that video, he confesses to
sexual assault on that video, to having experience with sexual assault, to being able to grab women wherever he wants to, and he confesses to, in effect, have done that. so if you're defendle donald trump on any platform, starting tomorrow, especially on in any way over these statements, you're defending a sex criminal. >> i absolutely, i agree that this is a time when people have to be held accountable. because we're not talking about republicans or democrats now. we're talking about the future of the united states of america. and i got to tell you, men and women regardless of their political party are disgusted by his statements, by his behavior and it's time to stand up and say that. >> the trump, the horror of the trump tape in so many ways is he's completely oblivious that what he's talking about is sexual assault. >> i think that's right. and i think this is someone who
obviously he has serious issues about self-control. he says that on this tape. i think this is a man who has never been held accountable for his actions in many parts of hit life of and i think it's time we hold him, american people hold him accountable. he is not fit to be president. >> cecille richards, thank you for joining us, really appreciate it. >> thanks, lawrence. >> coming up, in a live report from katy tur from inside the trump campaign tonight, they are in full-on panic mode, and ken burns, historians against trump will join us. for lower back pain sufferers, the search for relief often leads to places like... this... this... or this. today, there's a new option. introducing drug-free aleve direct therapy. a tens device with high intensity power that uses technology once only available in doctors' offices. its wireless remote lets you control the intensity, and helps you get back to things like... this...
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attracted to beautiful, it's like a magnet. and when you're a star, they let you do it. you can do anything. grab them by the [ bleep ]. do anything. >> we have new reporting of what is happening tonight inside the trump campaign. kate eye t katy tur joins us by phone. >> caller: i had one source describe it to me that we have our own hurricane going on right now inside this campaign. i'm told by sources within the campaign that this is a big deal, that they're acknowledging this is a big deal. one even telling our own alley vitale, that this is too bad, not too bad and unfortunate, but as in this is too bad, this is an extraordinarily bad comment to come out at an extraordinarily bad time. we're 32 days until the election. the campaign was trying to get back on track after the alisha
machado comment and those overnight tweets where he alleged that she had a soex tape to try to discredit her claims of donald trump calling her
ms. pig e piggy and problematic because she gained a massive amount of weigh weight. this is not good timing for the trump campaign. they don't brief believe this i end, but that he needs to make an apology. like mitch mcconnell saying he needs to apologize to women and girls throughout the country over these comments. the source i spoke to said they do believe he is contrite. he's been unusually quiet since this broke, he's been holed up in his tower all day. they believe this could be a teachable moment for donald trump.
i spoke to a swing state gop official who said that today is a game changer. right now every party in every state is preparing for that democratic ad that splices that comment with their gop senators or congressman. the same gop official is telling me that they wake up every single morning and wonder if their is the day that they should quit their job. their is t-- this is the day th can't take it any longer and that they need to separate themselves from donald trump and the republican party that they are growing to no longer know. >> katy tur, thank you for joining us. >> caller: thank you. >> coming up, what we can expect this to mean in sunday's debate. woah! you're not taking these. hey, hey, hey! you're not taking those. woah, woah! you're not taking that.
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. no campaign has ever been hit with a worst october surprise than what the trump campaign got this afternoon from donald trump himself. today is october 7th. donald trump might have another 23 october surprises in him, because there are hundreds and hundreds of hours of unaired video of donald trump saying things on camera that were not used in his tv series or in interview show the like access
hollywood. tonight, republican national chairman reince priebus issued this statement, no woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner ever. mitt romney tweeted, hitting on married women, condoning assault, such vile degradations demean our wives. paul ryan, i am sickened by what i heard today. women are to be championed and revered. not objectified. i hope mr. trump treats this situation with the seriousness it deserves. in the meantime, he is no longer attending tomorrow's event in wisconsin. in the last hour, donald trump issued this statement in response, apparently to speaker ryan's statement. governor pence will be representing me tomorrow in wisconsin.
i will shabe spending the day i new york in debate prep with rnc chairman reince priebus, governor chris christie and senator jeff sessions. and we are told that officials are meeting in washington d.c. to discuss what options the party has in case donald trump is not the nominee. joining us now, annemarie cox. and maria therese. i want to get your reaction. >> right now the republican party is not only scrambling, but the leadership doesn't know what to do. why? early ballots have been printed. early voting has started. it's impossible for them to pivot from this from the candidate that they endorsed. >> and annemarie, this is not the october surprise. >> no. >> this is the october 7th surprise.
there will be many more surprises this october. and certainly, many more gems from the video archives. >> well, i think that's true. what i think is really interesting here, though, is the reaction of trump's fellow republicans. i think it's interesting for paul ryan to say he doesn't want trump there but pence is okay. because if you're really not okay with men controlling other women's bodies, i think pence may have to answer for some things there, too. i'll say this in defense of donald trump, apparently he's only interested in one woman's genitals at a time, whereas the republican party goes for millions of women's bodies at a time, in terms of transvaginal probes. trump is an extension of the kinds of attitudes that the republican party has had towards women for decades. there is something that grates
on me when these republican men say as a father of women or a father of daughters, you know what, you're a son, too. does it take knowing a woman to be yoepded offended by this? i'll stop. >> you don't have to stop, but i get it. so there's now a big list of statements that i don't have time to raid from john mccain, there are no excuses for this kind of demeaning comes. ted cruz, disturbing, no excuse, marco rubio, vulgar egregious. but only mitch mcconnell gives donald trump a direct order saying no, you must issue a real apology and a real apology to all women. it's only mitch mcconnell so far who has basically made his future support in effect
conditional, based on what his statement says tonight. >> but because he recognizes that what's on the balance of power right now is the senate. he recognizes there are so many republicans in the senate that are so vulnerable because people are going to go out and vote in droves. and the way folks normally go out and vote is down-ballot many there are so many folks vulnerable. but i have to say, that the fact that this is what is breaking the camel's back, and it wasn't when he was calling all mexicans rapists. it wasn't when he was making fun of disabled, making fun of beauty queens. this is what it took. it says we clearly have a deeper awareness of sexual assault in this country. why did it take the republican party to be so represent rehen sieve in denying donald trump after he was trying to pit one
against another. >> part of what's behind the energy of the negative comment from republicans tonight is they are 100% confident that in the debate sunday night, donald trump will make this worse. he will find a way to make it worse. >> and will that be what finally gets them to unendorse or try to separate for him? in all those statements, that's what's missing. he's not fit to be commander in chief. what does he have to do? what does he have to do! to prove to these people that he's not fit to be in the oval office. these are the people that complained when obama like moved a bust out of the oval office, right? like when he wore khakis. that's what they thought was disrespecting the oval office. >> this is a short vul gar yan. >> the irony today was that today the president signed the sexual assault for survivors, basically saying that sexual
assault survivors actually have human rights and the things that they have to do. so the irony surrounding this and the fact that the republican party should have basically denounced donald trump a long time ago. now they have come short of unendorsing him, really speaks to how the republican party is imploding. the fact that we do not have a two strong party system is not good for any american, we want to have debates and nuance, but the fact that all of a sudden this presidential election, something that lawrence, we are normally on msnbc so excited when it comes to politics, it has gone to such a low that it's really hard to engage. it's talking about this idea of being predatory against women, being racially profiling other americans. it's become the basis of elections when at the end of the day we should be talking about the hope in our future of this country. >> thank you both for joining us tonight, appreciate it. >> thank you, lawrence. campaign war room is coming up next. and in the war room, we now have
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shopping. she wanted to get some furniture. i said i'll show you where they have nice furniture. i moved on her like a bitch. >> you know, i just have to say, liz smith and lease jordan, there's a script in there i'm not going to do. when i watch that bus moving down the nbc lot, that a place that i've spent years and specifically walk right by there. by the way, people should know, when you see that video playing and the exotic car in the
background is jay leno's car, that was jay's parking space in that year right at that studio and jay had a new and amazing car parked there every day. so liz, it just brings a certain, a weird kind of personal horror to this man polluted that space where i spent so much time. >> and he's polluting our country right now. look, this wasn't an october surprise. it was a hydrogen bomb. and i think, like, it hit women across the country like a punch in the gut. because every day
women have to force off onion -- unwanted sexual asault. this isn't locker room banter. these are the troubled rantings of a dangerous misogynist. if this doesn't disqualify him
from being president, may god have mercy on all our souls. >> it's all about power. this is about power that he feels he has over women, because he's famous, he can do whatever he wants. and that is why it is exactly so disturbing that this person could be the most powerful person in the world. >> so, in the trump war room tonight, they have an apology that they put out that isn't working. mitch mcconnell's rejected it, saying get rid of that stupid "if" junk, if anybody's offended. >> what they should be doing is saying, you have to be quiet. you can't go into that debate room. >> they're writing a new apology for him, right now, aren't they? >> they should be. but who knows with donald trump. he does what he wants to do. that's been his m.o. he really believes he is the reason for his success and no one can tell him anything. you can't believe, he has advis.
he fell into the trap and wallowed into it for a week. he can't control himself at all. period, at any point. >> in the clinton war room, what are they thinking hillary clinton should do with this if anything on sunday night. there's an argument to be said, you don't have to do anything. let the moderators allow the bomb to fall on him and see what he does. >> i don't think she has to proactively bring it up. and you know what, if i'm advising her, i would say don't even shake his hand when you walk out there. >> that's interesting. >> you know, he does not deserve that. >> that's an interesting moment. >> he is a man who is, you know, normalizing sexual violence. so why even dignify him by shaking his hand. he does not deserve to be on that stage. >> if he was smart, he just wouldn't go. >> why is it smart not to show up on sunday night. >> because he cannot show up and control himself. it's not like he can show up and
make this better. >> do you go to the third one? >> taking time to reflect and refocus his campaign. >> and pray? >> exactly. he is meeting with devout leaders to discuss his religion osity, that he has come around to this year, anything would be better than the guy opening his mouth at this point. >> he's never improved one of these problems, right? he's only made them worse. >> this is the thing. even if he went out there and got on his knees and offered up a full-throated apology, that would not fix this. this man should not be running for president. and if the republican party and republican leadership had any backbone, they would not, they would drop their support for him and say, look, we would rather lose this election than lose our credibility and respect with the american public for years to come. >> paul ryan's move right now is very interesting, because it was his rally tomorrow and trump was
essentially disinvited and ryan now is grappling with how closely he's going to stay and support donald trump. a lot of his support is from anti-trump republicans. he has a strong base with moderate republicans and even among democrats in wisconsin. he is a respected figure. how is paul ryan going to fall? >> most interesting strategic proposal tonight. best thing for donald trump is to stay home is sunday night. that is something to think about. thank you for joining us. appreciate it. up next, what donald trump said that has enraged documentarian ken burns. he will join us. my business was built with passion... but i keep it growing by making every dollar count. that's why i havthe spark cash card from capital one. with it, i earn unlimited 2% cash back on all of my purchasing. and that unlimited 2% cash back from spark means thousands of dollars each year going back into my business...
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burns about five teenagers who were convicted of a brutally violent rape in manhattan. donald trump took out a full-page ad before the trial, urging new york to bring back the death penalty because of that case. ken burns documentary tells the story of how the central park five were released from pritsen when someone else confessed to the crime and his dna matched the dna in the case. once again this week, donald trump insisted that the central park five are guilty. joining us now for an exclusive interview in the award winning documentarian and film maker, ken burns. thanks for joining us. >> the film is made by sarah burns and david mcmahon as well as me. >> i want to read to you donald trump's statement this week about the central park five. he said they admitted they were guilty. the police doing the original investigation say they were
guilty. the fact that that case was settled with so much evidence against them is outrageous, and the woman so badly injured will never be the same. what is your response to those elements of donald trump's statement that i get the feeling, ken, he has never seen the documentary, because the answers are in that documentary. >> the answers are most definitely in our film. he's, the facts don't matter to donald trump, very clearly. the boys didn't do it. they served out their full sentences for the 1989 crime. they had coerced confessions. some of them spent hours under intense grilling with no food. >> no water, no parents, and we're told, look, if you just say the other person did it we'll let you go. it was kind of a serk lar firing squad. what was missing was their mention of anybody else. this was an incredibly bloody crime scene, there was none of the boys on the crime scene and
none of the crime scene on the boys. it didn't match, the dna they found didn't match any of the boys, and 13 years old, when the oldest, 16 years old, was about to serve out his full sentence, he bumped into the guy who actually did it who went on after the crime to murder a pregnant woman and to rape other women. ignored by the police, the mfrmt o. and the d.a.s who were certain they had these guys. he confessed. the dna matched. and after it was all out, they vacated their convictions. the sixth victim in this, the most important, the rape victim, herself, ran in tnew york city marathon. let's not hide the lead here. this is racism 101. he has been blowing this dog
whistle for as long as he has been around. he took out the full-page ads, asking for the death penalty for these children, two 14 year olds, two 15-year-olds and a developmentally challenged 16-year-old to kill them for a crime which they did not commit, which the law has already excused them from, even though they served out their full sentences. even though when they had a chance to plea bargain, they did not take it. even when they had a chance at parole they would not admit their guilt because they didn't do it and they had to enroll in sex offenders class. they still maintained their dignity. and just like the women he has spent denigrating today or immigrants, this is antoine mccray. yusef salamm, and corey wise, a human being. and what we side in the story of leadership, one of the key
ingredients of leadership is empathy. and this person has zero empathy for anyone but himself. >> ken, what we're seeing again today is that donald trump doesn't know how to apologize. but he also doesn't know how to separate fact from fiction. and that's what you're talking about in relation to this case and more broadly with the historians who've been talking about donald trump. >> so i gave a commencement address in june at stanford university in which i was trying to place this election in its very unusual context. we have someone manifestly unqualified for the job, which had ner happened in our republic. and many historians responded to that, and we set up a facebook page where they could record unmediated by the media. meaning their grand kids or wives or sons film them on a cell phone and posted their thoughts, and it is a troubling
devastating indictment, well before today's stuff came out, well before the blaming that the immigrants are coming over the border just to vote against him, these are the rantings of a megalomaniac. of course the truth doesn't matter. and you don't apologize. you just double down. that's what he did again with the central park five. it is a tragedy. >> the central park five available on netflix? how do people see it now? >> year' trying to get pbs to broadcast it again. we're trying to make it available for a free download as soon as we can. >> ken burns, thank you for joining us tonight. >> thanks, lawrence. >> we're now waiting for donald trump to release a possible video statement. kelly o'donnell joins us by phone. what do we know? >> caller: based on my reporting, donald trump has been recording a direct message for
voters done tonight inside trump tower, the intention of this message is to further apologize for the comments that were recorded on that off-camera microphone 11 years ago. and the intent here is to try to make clear that he is embarrassed by this, that he recognizes this was improper and to try to turn back towards committing the voters that he can do better. i'm told that there were different scenarios considered by his closest advisers, recognizing while there was a paper statement already issued, which i'm sure you've already discussed in which the word apology was used, but it also talked about bill clinton's past conduct and said if people were offended. so recognizing that more needed to be done and up against a deadline of sunday's debate, there were many options being
discussed. i am also told by my reporting that speak are paul ryan and governor scott walker of wisconsin sort of preempted the wisconsin piece of this, which was trump's expected appearance tomorrow in wisconsin. so they disinvited him. and then it became what method to get this message out. it was considered that an interview could be something that would be harder to control, so doing a video message would allow donald trump to be the sole messenger, to speak directly to camera, to the voter, to say more about what he had said, what he had done and where he thinks this race is now in an effort to try to regain some control, to try to refocus on voters and of course, knowing that sunday in the debate, this will inevitably be a topic and time would be filled in between. now and sunday that there was great pressure for trump to do something. but of the options, an interview, phoning into a program, sending a tweet, the
things we've come to know as standard tactics for donald trump, this is considered so serious that they're doing something we have not seen before. and that is an on-camera, recorded statement where donald trump will say more about this in an effort to put out somof the fire of controversy we've seen today, lawrence? >> any indication that there's an awareness in the trump campaign that some of his words carried a legal implication of sexual assault? >> caller: i think there is, based on those i've talked to, an awareness that this is serious, that it is being treated differently, there are people who have worked on behalf of donald trump who has said he has always been judged by a different standard, and yet they recognize this time seems to be different. all the past controversies that seem to be those moments where his candidacy was threatened. in this instance, i would expect they will argue that this was a private conversation, that it was in an entertainment context,
that he was not speaking publicly, would not speak that way, but from what i understand, he is very concerned about this, very aware of the gravity of this. even lawrence? >> kelly o'donnell, thank you very much, appreciate it. that is the last word for tonight. our msnbc coverage will continue live now in anticipation of a statement by donald trump. that is the statement that kelly o'donnell was just referring to, expected to be released on video, recorded tonight at trump tower. it seems to be the kind of statement that republican senate majority leader mitch mcconnell was demanding earlier tonight from donald trump, his statement said trump needs to apologize directly to women and girls everywhere. and take full responsibility for the utter lack of