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Joe Biden calls Donald Trump’s ‘Access Hollywood’ comments ‘the ultimate abuse of power’

He says that Trump's admission in the tape is the 'textbook definition of sexual assault.'

 

Michelle Jaworski

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Published Oct 13, 2016   Updated May 25, 2021, 7:39 pm CDT

Vice President Joe Biden was among the first to call Donald Trump’s “grab her by the pussy” comments in a 2005 leaked Access Hollywood video sexual assault, and in the midst of more allegations against the Republican presidential nominee, Biden condemned his comments even further.

Biden sat down with Seth Meyers during Meyers’ week-long Washington, D.C. stint. His Wednesday appearance likely came before the world had been made aware of the expanding number of women who accused Trump of sexual assault since last night—kicked off by a bombshell report in the New York Times, but has since included allegations from others, including a People reporter. But Biden, who spent most of his career trying to change the culture of how women are treated, was already sickened by what he had read, which included a story of Trump walking into the dressing rooms of former Miss Teen USA contestants.

“Here’s a guy who says, ‘I’m a star.’ Talk about power,” Biden said. “‘I’m a billionaire, I’m a star, I’m a celebrity, so I can go and intimidate women into allowing me to assault them and assume they’re not going to say anything.’ That is the ultimate abuse of power, and I don’t think and I don’t understand how anyone can remotely justify that.”

Most of the time, politicians like Biden try to understand where others are coming from or why they might support a particular candidate, but when it comes to Trump, he can’t even try anymore.

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*First Published: Oct 13, 2016, 10:10 am CDT