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Donald Trump says 'I was wrong' after vulgar comments surface online

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Donald Trump is apologizing after lewd comments he made about women in 2005 surfaced online Friday afternoon.

"I said it. I was wrong and I apologize," Trump said in a video statement.

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The Republican presidential nominee quickly turned the apology into an attack.

"Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed, and intimidated his victims," he said.

Trump's apology comes after a 2005 tape was published online where he is heard bragging about groping women and laughing off an effort to seduce Nancy O'Dell with former Access Hollywood anchor Billy Bush.

“Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed," Billy Bush said in a statement. "It’s no excuse, but this happened eleven years ago — I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along. I’m very sorry.”

Overnight leaders in the Republican Party, such as Paul Ryan and GOP chairman Reince Priebus, have condemned Trump's comments, and others have revoked their support for the presidential candidate.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will face off in the second presidential debate Sunday night.

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