Loeffler Makes Baffling Claim She Is ‘Not Familiar’ With Trump Access Hollywood Tape

VIDEO FRAME GRAB: In this 2005 frame from video, Donald Trump prepares for an appearance on 'Days of Our Lives' with actress Arianne Zucker (center). He is accompanied to the set by Access Hollywood host Billy Bush. (Obtained by The Washington Post)
VIDEO FRAME GRAB: In this 2005 frame from video, Donald Trump prepares for an appearance on 'Days of Our Lives' with actress Arianne Zucker (center). He is accompanied to the set by Access Hollywood host Billy Bush. ... VIDEO FRAME GRAB: In this 2005 frame from video, Donald Trump prepares for an appearance on 'Days of Our Lives' with actress Arianne Zucker (center). He is accompanied to the set by Access Hollywood host Billy Bush. (Obtained by The Washington Post via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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October 29, 2020 9:13 a.m.

Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) said Wednesday that she was “not familiar” with a widely-cited Access Hollywood tape where President Donald Trump can be heard talking about sexually assaulting women. 

“I’m sorry, I’m not familiar with that,” Loeffler told local NBC-affiliate 11Alive, pleading ignorance about the 2005 tape that revealed Trump bragging that his fame enabled him to kiss and grope women.

“It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait,” Trump can be heard saying in the 2005 tape, which first made headlines weeks before the 2016 presidential election. “And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything,” Trump bragged before boasting about grabbing women by their genitals.

The senator’s apparent ignorance about the famed tape comes after Loeffler suggested during a debate earlier this month that she doesn’t disagree with anything Trump has said or done — boasting that she is the Senate’s most reliable Trump supporter. 

According to The Hill, Loeffler’s husband — New York Stock Exchange Chair Jeffrey Sprecher — donated $1 million in April to America First Action, a group supporting President Trump’s reelection. The couple has also funneled millions in loans and contributions to GOP races this year. 

The Georgia lawmaker, who was appointed to her Senate seat earlier this year, is trying to hold off challenges from, among others, Rep. Doug Collin (R) and Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock, who is currently leading in polls by a narrow margin.

Loeffler came under scrutiny in the spring for making stock trades worth millions of dollars before the public was made aware of the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

When asked directly about the tape on Wednesday, Loeffler deliberately ignored the question, deciding instead to tout the President for a series of unspecific accomplishments like “being a conservative champion for Georgians.”

“Look, I agree with the approach President Trump has taken since day one to put America first. What I am focused on is working for Georgians in Washington and being their voice. And being a conservative champion for Georgians,” Loeffler said.

When pressed further, Loeffler remained evasive, pledging that she would always stand by President Trump. 

Trump previously dismissed the remarks caught on the Access Hollywood tape as “locker room talk.”

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