Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway on Monday morning criticized CNN’s Anderson Cooper for calling what Donald Trump described in the 2005 video tape “sexual assault.”
“When Anderson Cooper pressed Mr. Trump on sexual assault, Donald Trump shot back and said, ‘No, that’s not what this was. These are words.'” Conway said on “Fox and Friends.” “And I think there’s something there because this term sexual assault has been bandied about, and I will tell you as somebody who’s worked with and certainly has in my life, as I’m sure we all do, victims of sexual assault, it demeans them to equate that with this for political purposes.”
During the Monday night debate, Cooper told Trump, “You called what you said ‘locker room banter.’ You described kissing women without their consent, grabbing their genitals. That is sexual assault. You bragged that you have sexually assaulted women. Do you understand that?”
Trump replied that he “didn’t say that at all,” and again called his comments “locker room talk.”
Cooper asked Trump whether he had ever grabbed women by their genitals, as he described in the 2005 tape.
“No, I have not,” Trump replied before pivoting to his talking points about making the country safer.
Watch part of Conway’s appearance on “Fox and Friends”:
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