After becoming the latest brand to get dragged into the presidential election on Friday, Tic Tac has a blunt response.
On Friday, The Washington Post published a video that they obtained showing a vulgar and lewd conversation about women between Trump and TV personality Billy Bush in 2005 while the two were taping an Access Hollywood segment with Days of our Lives actress Arianne Zucker. At about one minute into the three-minute clip, Trump tells Bush, “I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. (Refering to Zucker) 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.”
Today, Tic Tac responded to the name-drop in the video on Twitter, saying, “Tic Tac respects all women. We find the recent statements and behavior completely inappropriate and unacceptable.”
Tic Tac’s statement mirrors a similar straight-forward and serious statement from Skittles last month when Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. posted a tweet comparing refugees to the colorful candies. In that case, Denise Young, vp of corporate affairs at Wrigley-owned Skittles said, “Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don’t feel it’s an appropriate analogy. We will respectfully refrain from further commentary as anything we say could be misinterpreted as marketing.”
Meanwhile, Trump’s latest scandal has caused massive backlash going into Sunday’s presidential debate, with several Republican senators and House members pulling their support of their party’s presidential nominee.