Tic Tac, mentioned in Trump’s hot mic video, condemns lewd comments
Tic Tac USA — the maker of the iconic breath mints Donald Trump referred to while bragging about kissing and groping women in a lewd 2005 conversation published Friday — has condemned the Republican nominee’s comments.
“Tic Tac respects all women,” the Somerset, N.J.-based company said in a statement posted on its Twitter feed Saturday. “We find the recent statements and behavior completely inappropriate and unacceptable.”
Tic Tac respects all women. We find the recent statements and behavior completely inappropriate and unacceptable.
— Tic Tac USA (@TicTacUSA) October 8, 2016
The statement was released a day after the Washington Post published a leaked video of the exchange between Trump and then-“Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush as they were arriving on the set of “Days of Our Lives” to tape a segment about the real estate mogul’s upcoming cameo on the soap opera.
At one point, Trump sees a soap opera actress waiting to escort them to the set and boasts that his celebrity status allows him to “do anything” to women.
“I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her,” Trump can be heard telling Bush on an open mic. “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”
“And when you’re a star, they let you do it,” he adds. “You can do anything.”
It’s not the first time a candy company has distanced itself from the Trump campaign.
— Mars, Incorporated (@MarsGlobal) September 20, 2016
Last month, Mars Inc., the maker of Skittles, released a terse statement after Donald Trump Jr. tweeted a meme comparing Skittles to Syrian refugees.
“Skittles are candy; refugees are people,” a spokesperson for the company said in a statement on Sept. 20, a day after the younger Trump’s tweet. “It’s an inappropriate analogy.”