One of the most powerful — yet overlooked — moments of the second presidential debate was when moderator Anderson Cooper pointed out that Trump’s remarks in the reported “Access Hollywood” tapes from 2005 were not just vulgar, they described sexual assault.
"You described kissing women without consent, grabbing their genitals," Cooper said. "That is sexual assault. You bragged that you have sexually assaulted women. Do you understand that?" he asked the Republican nominee.
Trump, being Trump, didn’t have an answer to Cooper’s incredibly important question. So, the media mogul did the two things he does best when it comes to debates: deny and deflect.
Despite boasting about grabbing a woman’s genital area without her consent – which is, in fact, sexual assault – in the controversial video, Trump said he didn’t say anything about assaulting a woman. Instead, he said Cooper got it wrong.
“No, I didn’t say that at all,” Trump replied. “I don’t think you understood what was said.”
And then came the “deflect” part when he started talking about ISIS.
Trump actually said his rape culture-promoting self should be excused since “you have ISIS chopping off heads and drowning people in steel cages and wars and horrible, horrible sights all over and you have so many bad things happening, this is like medieval times.”
Also, he kept fluctuating during his statement, which was a strong indicator of the fact that he didn’t have an answer or justification for anything.
“The carnage all over the world and they look and 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. I am embarrassed by it and I hate it, but it’s locker room talk and one of those things,” he added, before saying, he’ll “knock the hell out of ISIS.”
Obviously, the irrelevant answer prompted Cooper to repeat his first question, politely asking Trump to explain what he said in the tapes described sexual assault.
Again, the boorish billionaire avoided the topic, delivering what was perhaps the biggest lie of the debate.
“Nobody has more respect for women than I do,” said Trump.
To find out how much Trump “respects” women, kindly watch the video above and for more, click here.
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