Last Night, Donald Trump Claimed Grabbing a Woman’s Genitals is Not Sexual Assault

"That is sexual assault. You bragged that you have actually sexually assaulted women. Do you understand that?" And Trump answered, "No."

Last Night, Donald Trump Claimed Grabbing a Woman’s Genitals is Not Sexual Assault

If Donald Trump’s plan to jail Hillary Clinton should he win the election isn’t terrible enough, there is his revealed attitude toward women. This exchange is key to that understanding, when Anderson Cooper asked Trump,

“That is sexual assault. You bragged that you have actually sexually assaulted women. Do you understand that?”

And Trump answered, “No.”

He tried desperately to turn the discussion around to what he revealingly referred to as “much more important and bigger things” than him sexually assaulting women:

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Cooper : Thank you Mr. Trump. The question from Patrice was about ‘Are you both modeling positive and appropriate behaviors for today’s youth?’ We received a lot of questions online, Mr. Trump about the tape that was released on Friday, as you can imagine. You called what you said ‘locker room banter’. You described kissing women without consent, grabbing their genitals. That is sexual assault. You bragged that you have sexually assaulted women. Do you understand that?
 
Trump : No, I didn’t say that at all. I don’t think you understood what was said. This was locker room talk. I am not proud of it. I apologize to my family, I apologized to the American people. Certainly, I am not proud of it. But this is locker room talk. You know, when we have a world where you have ISIS chopping off heads, where you have them, frankly, drowning people in steel cages, where you have wars and horrible, horrible sights all over and you have so many bad things happening, this is like medieval times. We haven’t seen anything likes this. The carnage all over the world and they look and they see, can you imagine the people that are frankly doing so well against us with ISIS and they look at our country and see what’s going on. Yes, I am very embarrassed by it and I hate it, but it’s locker room talk and it’s one of those things. I will knock the hell out of ISIS. We are going to defeat ISIS. ISIS happened a number of years ago in a vacuum that was left because of bad judgment. And I will tell you, I will take care of ISIS. We need to get on to much more important and bigger things.
 
Cooper : For the record, are you saying that what you said on the bus 11 years ago, that you did not actually kiss women without consent or grope women without consent?
 
Trump : I have great respect for women. Nobody has more respect for women than I do.
 
Cooper : So for the record, you’re saying you never did that?
 
Trump : Frankly, you hear these things. They are said. And I was am embarrassed by it. But I have respect for women—
 
Cooper : —Have you ever done those things?
 
Trump : — And they have respect for me. And I will tell you, no I have not. And I will tell you, that I’m going to make our country safe and we’re going to have borders which we don’t have now. People are pouring into our country and they’re coming in from the Middle East and other places. We’re gonna make America safe again, we’re gonna make America great again but we’re gonna make America safe again and we’re gonna make America wealthy again. Because if you don’t do that, it just, it sounds harsh to say, but we have to build up the wealth of our nation. Other nations are taking our job and they’re taking our wealth.

Last night, Donald Trump wanted to talk about anything but his attitudes toward women, dishonestly claiming only that he has “great respect” for women, and that his “locker room talk” is not really important.

If Donald Trump placed the nail on his own political coffin last night, Hillary Clinton hammered it home in response to Cooper’s question stated above:

“So, yes, this is who Donald Trump is. But it’s not only women and it’s not only this video that raises questions about his fitness to be our president. Because he has also targeted immigrants, African-Americans, Latinos, people with disabilities, POWs, Muslims and so many others. So this is who Donald Trump is. And the question for us, the question our country must answer is that this is not who we are.”

Let’s be clear: sexual assault is not a form of respect. Donald Trump claimed grabbing a woman’s genitals is not sexual assault, but it is. If you take away nothing else from last night’s debate, take this.

As Hillary Clinton said, this may be who Donald Trump is. It is not who we are.

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