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Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. Before joining TPM, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She is a graduate of New York University, where she served as the deputy managing editor of NYU's student newspaper, the Washington Square News. She can be reached at catherine@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Bloomberg Politics' "With All Due Respect" won the morning Thursday with a boffo focus group of New Hampshire Trump supporters singing The Donald's praises as a "classy" commander-in-chief-in-waiting who is definitely "one of us," despite being worth billions of dollars. But one of the voters featured Wednesday night in the focus group told TPM that she's not a Trump supporter at all. And the same went for most of the other participants in the panel, according to the voter.

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Donald Trump made his splashy debut in the 2016 race by denouncing Mexican immigrants as "rapists." Now his presidential campaign is distancing the candidate from factually incorrect comments the Trump Organization's special counsel made about spousal rape in connection with Trump's own alleged assault on his first wife.

It's an awkward position for the Trump campaign to be in, but perhaps one that was unavoidable considering the billionaire has given vocal, and at times inconsistent, opinions about sexual assault. Trump has been something of an opportunist when it comes to that subject: he advocated for the death penalty for the alleged attackers in the Central Park jogger case, for example, but campaigned for no prison time in his acquaintance Mike Tyson's rape case.

Here's a brief history of Trump's statements on sexual assault, including his reaction to former Rep. Todd Akin's infamous "legitimate rape" remark and his evolving responses to the allegations against comedian Bill Cosby.

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