Ousted MSNBC political analyst Mark Halperin, booted after a CNN report revealed five women are accusing him of sexual harassment during his time at ABC, was among those who howled the loudest a year ago when the 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape showed President Donald Trump using vulgar language when referring to women.
“When people say some new Trump tape could have material that is WORSE than the @accesshollywood video, what exactly could be WORSE?!?” Halperin tweeted last year.
He also continued to focus upon the issue as Trump neared a debate with Hillary Clinton.
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In case Halperin needed a reminder of what he said compared to what he did, Twitter was quick to supply one.
Halperin has issued a statement about the accusations against him in which he said he “did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me.”
Halperin also offered an apology.
“I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain. For that, I am deeply sorry and I apologize. Under the circumstances, I’m going to take a step back from my day-to-day work while I properly deal with this situation,” he said.
Talk show host Rush Limbaugh poked holes in Halperin’s comments.
“These are the people that talk about how holier-than-thou they are. They are journalists, and they comment on everybody else’s moral failings as though they have never had any,” he said.
“One thing I remember about Mark Halperin. Mark Halperin was one of the biggest moral critics of Donald Trump about that ‘Access Hollywood’ tape. He was just out there excoriating Trump for this kind of outrageously immature, boorish behavior,” Limbaugh added.
“These guys gotta be careful. You start ragging on somebody like this and you’ve got your own stuff going on in your past, you’ve got to know, you have to plan on it coming out at some point.”
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