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Trump ‘Access Hollywood’ tape is playing on repeat for 12 hours on the National Mall

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: (L-R) Businessman Donald Trump and television host Billy Bush attend the Museum of Television and Radio presents "The Apprentice" at the Museum of Television and Radio on September 20, 2004 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)

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Donald Trump and television host Billy Bush in 2004.

WASHINGTON — A women’s advocacy group is playing the infamous and lewd ‘‘Access Hollywood’’ video of President Donald Trump on a large screen Friday on the Mall. On repeat. Again and again. For 12 hours straight.

The demonstration comes before the first anniversary of when The Washington Post released the explosive footage, which showed Trump in 2005 bragging in vulgar terms about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women. The previously unaired footage was released Oct. 8, 2016, when Trump was the Republican presidential nominee.

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At one point in the video, Trump says, ‘‘Grab them by the [expletive],’’ and ‘‘when you’re a star, they let you do it.’’

UltraViolet, which says its goal is to fight sexism, organized the demonstration. The group rented a truck and a screen measuring about 10-by-16 feet to air the footage — which includes sound and subtitles — in front of the Washington Monument. While viewing the screen from the monument grounds, the White House can be seen in the background.

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‘‘We wanted to play the tape on loop to remind the people who the president said he is — a proud sexual predator,’’ said Emma Boorboor, a campaign director for UltraViolet.

The video began playing on loop about 9 a.m. Friday and is set to stop about 9 p.m.

Some tourists visiting the Mall stopped to watch the video Friday morning while some with children walked past it without stopping. One man questioned why the National Park Service permitted it.

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Organizers said they received the necessary permits to host the demonstration. The Park Service didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

Leon and Alisha Porter, who were visiting the nation’s capital from Ohio, stopped briefly to watch the video. They said they thought it was ‘‘great’’ that the advocacy group was showing it so prominently.

‘‘It’s a good way to shed light on sexual harassment and sexual exploitation, especially in the shadows of George Washington’s monument,’’ Alisha Porter said.

UltraViolet will hold a rally in front of the White House at noon Friday to bring attention to sexual assault.

The crowd starts to fill the National Mall as the sun rises before the swearing in of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the Untied State during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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The National Mall.

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