Donald Trump addressed the latest accusation of inappropriate sexual conduct made against him, saying of his accuser, an adult film actress, “Oh, I’m sure she’s never been grabbed before.”
During a radio interview Monday, the GOP nominee dismissed the wave of allegations sexual assault and misconduct that have overwhelmed his campaign.
“These are stories that are made up, these are total fiction. You’ll find out that, in the years to come, these women that stood up, it was all fiction,” he said. “They were made up. I don’t know these women, it’s not my thing to do what they say. You know I don’t do that. I don’t grab them, as they say, on the arm.”
At a press conference on Saturday, Jessica Drake, a porn star, joined a growing list of women who have charged Trump of sexual misconduct. Drake claimed Trump propositioned her at his golf course ten years ago, offering her $10,000 to have sex with him. After his failed advances, Trump apparently offered her to use his private jet, “if only I accepted his invitation,” she said.
In his radio interview Monday, the presidential candidate suggested his accuser should be used to this kind of behavior from men because of her line of work.
“One said, ‘he grabbed me on the arm.’ And she’s a porn star. You know, this one that came out recently, ‘he grabbed me and he grabbed me on the arm.’ Oh, I’m sure she’s never been grabbed before,” Trump said.
Trump’s remarks mirror the sentiment Fox News anchor Brit Hume expressed in a tweet following Drake’s press conference.
2 be clear, don’t think Jessica Drake’s line of work makes it ok to kiss her w/o consent. But don’t buy her claim of offense at proposition.
— Brit Hume (@brithume) October 23, 2016
In the world of Fox News, where men like Roger Ailes inappropriately treat women with impunity, it should be no surprise that Trump is trying to down play the claims against him.