Donald Trump predicted more than two decades ago that his behavior toward women could one day pose a challenge for him if he were to run for political office, according to a 1993 video interview released Monday by a New Zealand television station.
“I think women are beautiful – I think certain women are more beautiful than others, to be perfectly honest,” Trump said. “And it’s fortunate I don’t have to run for political office.”
The newly uncovered interview comes as the Republican presidential nominee’s campaign is in a state of crisis following a leaked audio recording from 2005, in which Trump can be heard making a slew of sexually aggressive comments about women. In the recording, Trump says he is able to sexually assault women because he’s a “star,” and boasts about trying to have sex with a married woman. He later dismissed the comments as “locker room talk.”
In the interview, TV reporter Owen Poland asks Trump if he enjoys his reputation as a womanizing business tycoon, to which the real estate mogul responds that he does not, and would prefer to be known as a successful businessman.
“I do have a level of popularity, and frankly it’s not the image I want,” he said. “It’s the image I want that I’m doing great in business.”
But Trump has only continued to bolster his reputation as a womanizing misogynist, especially over the 2016 election cycle. That fact has hurt him among women voters. A PRRI/Atlantic poll out Tuesday found the GOP nominee trailing Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by 33 points among women.
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.