CNN Trump Apologist Kayleigh McEnany: "I Don't Think [Trump] Was Condoning Sexual Assault" In Leaked Tapes

Kayleigh McEnany: "He Said He Starts To Kiss A Woman And Then They Let Him Do X, Y or Z. That Implies Consent"

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From the October 12 edition of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360:

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ANDERSON COOPER (HOST): Does it -- do you think it's just a coincide that this comports to what Donald Trump said on that bus? Or do you think this women are somehow influenced by that?

KAYLEIGH MCENANY: I don't think he said that on the bus at all. You know, he said "when you are a celebrity, women let you do x y and z," those comments were appalling, but --

COOPER: Right, but he said he didn't wait for it, he just kisses them and then he grabs their genitalia.

MCENANY: Look, when you go back and watch it, it says "when women let -- women let you do this when you are a star." There are despicable comments, I don't think he was advocating sexual assault on that bus, I think --

COOPER: Well, that is sexual assault.

MCENANY: I think it was very horrific.

COOPER: Just to be honest, sexual assault is any kind of behavior without -- sexual behavior without consent.

JEFFREY LORD: And rape is rape.

MCENANY: And rape is rape, and I don't think he was saying that on the bus. I really don't think he was condoning that.

COOPER: Grabbing a woman's genitals is not --

MCENANY: I don't think he was condoning that, I don't think he was saying that that's what he does in his own life. I think these are accusations --

COOPER: Alright, let's listen -- let's listen to that sound.

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COOPER: So, because a woman does not fight back, it's not sexual assault?

MCENANY: Let me start by saying again what I've said before, because I know all of these liberal outlets out there will completely take me out of context. Those comments are despicable, he apologized for them.

That being said, I don't think he was condoning sexual assault. He said he starts to kiss a woman and then they let him do X, Y or Z. That implies consent, first of all. I don't think he was advocating sexual assault.

COOPER: How does that imply consent?

MCENANY: You might think he's gone around assaulting women, I don't think that's the case. I think viewers and voters will make up their own mind.

Related:

New York Times: Two Women Say Donald Trump Touched Them Inappropriately

Previously:

Fox’s Hume Casts Doubt On Women Accusing Trump Of Sexual Assault In New York Times Report

After Caught Bragging About Sexual Assault, Man Will Talk With Different Man Facing Sexual Harassment Allegations

Billy Bush Will Reportedly “Never” Return To Today After Disgusting Trump Tape Behavior
 

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