The Access Hollywood tape is playing all day outside the White House

On the first Friday of October 2016, the world heard Donald Trump boast about grabbing women “by the pussy” for the first time. 

Just one short year later, the women’s advocacy group UltraViolet is playing the tape on repeat, right outside of the ex-reality star’s new house.  

The group has set up a screen in Washington, D.C. in between the White House and the National Mall to play the infamous recording all day long. 

The screening began at 9 a.m. local time on Friday morning, and is set to end at 9 p.m. Here’s just 55 short minutes of it that UltraViolet live streamed on Facebook.

The 2005 tape features audio of a lewd conversation between Trump and former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush.

Trump brags to Bush about groping and kissing women without their consent. “And when you’re a star, they let you do it,” Trump says. “You can do anything … Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”

The Washington Post first reported on the tape on October 7, 2016, sparking national outrage. 

Trump responded to the widespread disgust, apologizing for his “foolish” words, but also dismissing it all as “locker room banter.”

“It was not so-called ‘locker room talk,’ it was a man bragging about sexually assaulting women. That man may now sit in the Oval Office, but we will not let him — or anyone else — forget the tape or those comments,” UltraViolet co-founder Shaunna Thomas said Friday in a statement, according to The Hill.

Borrowing the “pussy grabs back” rhetoric that emerged shortly after the release of the Access Hollywood tapes, UltraViolet posted about their event on social media using the hashtag #WeGrabBack, and held a rally outside the White House to “grab back.”

One year after hearing the shocking comments, women expressed their outrage about the “predator-in-chief” and criticized the country’s “toxic” culture. 

Thomas expressed her dissatisfaction with the president’s policies regarding women.

“The Donald Trump on that tape is the same Donald Trump that sits in the Oval Office every day, aggressively pursuing an anti-women agenda, including the active dismantling of legal protections for survivors of sexual assault,” the UltraViolet co-founder said

A lot has happened in a year, but the women of the United States have certainly not forgotten the vulgar and sexually aggressive words that the president called “a distraction from the issues we are facing today.”

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