‘As soon as you’re famous you get accused.’ Donald Trump claims Joe Biden could face MORE women ‘coming out’ after publicly denying sexual assault claim – and president says alleged victim is ‘far more convincing’ than Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser
- President Trump predicted more accusers would come out against Joe Biden
- He also said Tara Reade was more ‘creditable’ than Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault
- ‘I guess in a way you could say I’m sticking up for him,’ Trump said Biden
- President Trump’s campaign attacked Biden for a double standard in his response to a sexual assault allegation from a former Senate staffer
- ‘He once again demonstrated that he believes he should be held to a different standard than he has set for others,’ said spokeswoman Erin Perrine
- Trump campaign gave measured response as Trump himself has been accused of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct toward women
- Democrats said Biden handled himself well in interview deny allegation
- ‘I am pleased that the Vice President directly addressed these allegations and by how he addressed them,’ said Stacey Abrams, who is on VP short list for Biden
President Donald Trump on Friday predicted more accusers would come out against Joe Biden and said he was ‘sticking up’ for the former vice president.
Trump told conservative talk radio host Dan Bongino that Tara Reade is a ‘far more convincing’ accuser than Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were in high school.
Biden ‘could have others come out,’ Trump added.
‘He’ll probably have others come out, he might, he could have others come out,’ the president said.
‘I’ve been accused. You probably have, too. As soon as you’re famous, you get accused,’ Trump told Bongino. ‘If you are accused by a woman, you are 100 percent guilty. You are to resign immediately from the presidency of a major corporation. … Someone just has to say it. It was so crazy.’
‘I guess in a way you could say I’m sticking up for him,’ Trump said of the former vice president.
President Trump predicted more accusers would come out against Joe Biden
Joe Biden denied on Friday the sexual assault allegation made against him by a former member of his Senate staff
President Trump said Tara Reade was a more creditable accuser than Christine Blasey Ford
Christine Blasey Ford accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers
Meanwhile, Trump’s campaign attacked Biden for a double standard in his response to a sexual assault allegation from a former staffer, charging him with treating himself differently than other men accused and criticizing him for not releasing his Senate records.
‘The only thing Joe Biden did today was dig himself a deeper hole,’ said Trump 2020 Principal Deputy Communications Director Erin Perrine in a statement. ‘He once again demonstrated that he believes he should be held to a different standard than he has set for others.’
The Trump campaign pointed out that Biden made it clear during the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings that all women should be heard and pointed out Biden criticized Mike Bloomberg for a lack of transparency with women who signed NDAs with his company about their treatment there.
‘While he called for the complete release of Mike Bloomberg’s documents related to complaints against him, Biden made clear he does not want his University of Delaware records released because they could be used against him in the campaign. He also falsely said those records are not ready to be made public,’ Perrine said.
Biden denied he sexually assaulted Tara Reade when she worked for his Senate office. Reade claims that in 1993, Biden pinned her to a wall in a Senate building, reached under her clothing and penetrated her with his fingers.
‘It is not true. I’m saying unequivocally it never happened and it didn’t,’ Biden said Friday morning on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe.’
Trump’s campaign said the interview did not offer closure on the question of what happened between Biden and Reade.
‘There will be a great temptation among Biden’s supporters to take his lackluster interview performance and declare ‘case closed’ and move on. We do not know what, if anything, was done to Tara Reade, but there cannot be one set of rules for Joe Biden and another set for everyone else,’ Perrine said.
It’s a delicate response dance for his campaign given Trump has been accused of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment.
Donald Trump Jr., who is a prominent campaign surrogate for his father, attacked Biden for not releasing his Senate records.
Donald Trump Jr., who is a prominent campaign surrogate for his father, attacked Biden
‘Let me get this straight. Biden’s records from his decades in the United States Senate could be taken out of context? Voters shouldn’t get to see what Biden did while working for them? What is this clown hiding?,’ he wrote on Twitter.
‘Kavanaugh’s high school year book was totally fair game but Joe Biden’s US Senate records are off limits. That a whole new level of #DemocratPrivilege and hypocrisy!,’ he added.
Biden said he would not open up access to his Senate office papers, which are being archived at the University of Delaware until two years after he leaves public life, because there policy positions and other correspondent that political opponents could use against him.
‘There’s a lot of things that – of speeches I have made, positions I have taken, interviews that I did overseas with people, all of those things relating to my job. And the idea that they would all be made public and the fact while I was running for a public office they could be really taken out of context,’ he said on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe.’
‘The papers are position papers. They are documents that existed and that when I — for example when I go — when I met with Putin or when I met with whomever. And all of that to be fodder in a campaign at this time I don’t know of anybody who’s done anything like that,’ he added.
‘And so, the National Archives is the only place there would be anything having to do with personnel records. There are no personnel records in the Biden papers at the university,’ Biden said.
Biden said the National Archives would hold employee records of the Senate and he requested the national depository search for any such record.
Reade said she filed a complaint with the Senate personnel office at the time of the incident although she clarified this week the complaint was about how she felt uncomfortable at work and did not address the sexual assault allegation.
Democrats were quick to applaud Biden for addressing the allegations.
‘I am pleased that the Vice President directly addressed these allegations and by how he addressed them. Women and all people should be heard, and they deserve a safe space and process through which they can come forward,’ said Georgia’s Stacey Abrams, who is said to be on the short list for Biden’s running mate.
Abrams has been a prominent Biden defender throughout the saga.
Stacey Abrams, who is on the short list to be Joe Biden’s running mate, praised Biden for addressing the allegations
Tim Kaine, who was the vice presidential nominee in 2016, said the archives needs to release whatever files it has.
‘I think anyone has an allegation like this has to be taken seriously. Yes, reporters should dig into it. Yes, we should get the files from the archives. But I think he will be able to get by this in the minds of American voters,’ he said on MSNBC on Friday afternoon.
Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, who had ran for the Democratic presidential nomination, said Biden was right to call for the records to be released.
‘The vice president calling for an investigation into any records that exist is the right thing to do,’ he said on Fox News Friday.
On Thursday, President Trump said Biden ‘should respond’ to the sexual assault allegations.
‘I think that he should respond,’ Trump told reporters at an event in the White House’s East Room. ‘It could be false accusations. I know all about false accusations. I have been falsely charged numerous times.’
President Trump said Joe Biden ‘should respond’ to sexual assault accusations that are currently dragging down his presidential campaign. Trump added that they ‘could be false accusations. I know all about false accusations’
President Trump brought up Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh when talking about the assault allegations hurled at Biden. ‘I saw a man suffering so unfairly,’ Trump said at the White House Thursday.
Tara Reade, a former Senate staffer of Biden’s, said he put his hand down her skirt and fondled her while she was trying to return a gym bag to the now presumptive Democratic nominee for president
Trump has been subject to allegations from at least 16 women.
A number of women told their stories on the heels of the release of the infamous ‘Access Hollywood’ tape where Trump is heard bragging about being able to do anything with women because he’s a celebrity, including ‘grab them by the p****.’
‘And there is such a thing,’ the president said Thursday about false accusations.
He then pointed to his Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh, whose nomination was nearly derailed when Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were in high school.
‘If you look at Brett Kavanaugh, there is an outstanding man. He was falsely charged,’ Trump said. ‘What happened with him was an absolute disgrace to the country.’
‘I saw a man suffering so unfairly,’ Trump continued. ‘I am talking about Brett Kavanaugh.’
Trump, who will face off against Biden in the November presidential election, denied that his campaign was ‘going after him hard’ on ex-staffer Tara Reade’s allegation.
‘But I don’t know, I can’t speak for Biden,’ Trump said. ‘I only think that he should respond and answer them.’
Reade accused Biden of putting his hand down her skirt and fondling her while she was trying to return a gym bag to the then-U.S. senator while she was working as his aide.
‘He just had me up against the wall and the wall was cold,’ she had told journalist Katie Halper in March. ‘His hands were on me and underneath my clothes. He went down my skirt and then up inside it and he penetrated me with his fingers. He was kissing me at the same time,’ she said.
Last year, when Biden was mounting his presidential campaign, a number of women – including Reade – came out and complained about him being inappropriately handsy.
When Donald Trump has been accused of assault, groping or lewd behavior: A timeline
1980 – Jessica Leeds
Jessica Leeds, a 75-year-old former businesswoman who lives in Manhattan, told the New York Times last year that she was ‘assaulted’ by Trump on a flight when she was 38.
Leeds explained how she was sat beside Trump in first class on a flight, when the Republican nominee lifted the arm-rest between then and allegedly began touching her.
‘He was like an octopus,’ she told the Times. ‘His hands were everywhere.’
1989 – Ivana Trump
The Donald’s first wife claimed she was ‘violated’ by him after a violent attack, documents filed as part of the couple’s divorce claimed, according to the Daily Beast.
Ivana distanced herself from the claims last year when Trump started his campaign.
Early 1990s – Kristin Anderson
Kristin Anderson was out with friends, chatting up a storm at a Manhattan nightspot, when she felt fingers creep up her miniskirt, slide up her inner thigh and then touch her vagina through her panties.
Anderson, now 47, told the Washington Post that it was Donald Trump who touched her at the nightclub.
She said the incident took place in the early 1990s, when she was in her early twenties and an aspiring model.
1993 – Jill Harth
Jill Harth, a makeup artist, accused Trump of ‘attempted rape’ stemming from an incident in 1993.
Harth told the Guardian the incident in question took place during a visit to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago mansion in January of that year.
‘He pushed me up against the wall, and had his hands all over me and tried to get up my dress again,’ she told the newspaper. ‘I had to physically say: ‘What are you doing? Stop it.”
1993 – Vendela Kirsebom
Former supermodel Vendela Kirsebom exclusively told DailyMail.com that Donald Trump’s ‘vulgar’ and ‘sexist’ remarks about the size of women’s breasts forced her to switch tables at a White House dinner party.
The Sports Illustrated cover model claims her night at a 1993 Vanity Fair event was ruined because she was sat next to the billionaire.
Recalling the ‘excruciating’ night, Kirsebom, 50, said: ‘Everything he said was so vulgar.
‘I couldn’t listen to his nonsense for an entire night so I asked if I could be moved.’
1995 or 1996 – E. Jean Carroll
E. Jean Carroll, who accuses Trump of an attack in late 1995 or early 1996
Advice columnist E. Jean Carroll claims that in fall 1995 or spring 1996 she met Trump by chance as she was walking out of the Bergdorf Goodman department store in Manhattan and she was walking in when he said ‘Hey, you’re that advice lady!’ and asked her to help him buy a present for a ‘girl,’ which was ‘lingerie.’
Carroll, who was 52 at the time, claims she and Trump shopped together and he tried to persuade her to model the underwear.
She says she told him to try it on and they ended up in a changing room where he grabbed her, held her both arms, ripped down her tights and sexually assaulted her. Carroll refused to use the word rape but said she was forcibly penetrated and ‘it hurt.’
1996 – Lisa Boyne
Lisa Boyne, CEO of a health food company, claims that in the summer of 1996 she saw Trump make a series of women walk up and down a restaurant table so that he could announce whether they were wearing underwear.
‘It was the most offensive scene I’ve ever been a part of,’ she told The Huffington Post last year. ‘I wanted to get the heck out of there.’
According to Boyne, she and friend Sonja Tremont – better known today as Sonja Morgan of ‘Real Housewives of New York’ – had been invited to dinner in Manhattan with Trump and late modelling agent John Casablancas.
1997 – Four Miss Teen USA contestants
Mariah Billado and three other contestants claimed to Buzzfeed that Trump walked into dressing rooms prior to the pageant while competitors were naked.
‘I remember putting on my dress really quick because I was like, “Oh my god, there’s a man in here”,’ she told Buzzfeed
Bilado told the website that Trump then said something like: ‘Don’t worry, ladies, I’ve seen it all before’.
1997 – Miss USA contestant Temple Taggart
Temple Taggart, a former Miss Utah, told the New York Times last year that Trump kissed her on the lips during the pageant.
‘I thought, “Oh my God, gross”… I think there were a few other girls that he kissed on the mouth. I was like “Wow, that’s inappropriate”,’ she told the newspaper.
Taggart has also sat down for an interview with NBC News.
‘When I first heard the leaked tape, it’s very unsettling… you don’t want to hear anyone talking about women like that,’ she said in a promotion clip for the interview.
1997 – Cathy Heller
Cathy Heller, now 64, claims the billionaire kissed her on the mouth without her consent in 1997 while she attended a Mother’s Day luncheon with her family at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida.
She told The Guardian last year: ‘He took my hand, and grabbed me, and went for the lips,’ she said.
She claimed she held back but he persevered. ‘And he said, “Oh, come on”. He was strong. He grabbed me and went for my mouth and went for my lips.’
Trump denied the accusation, claiming she was motivated by a personal vendetta to have her family’s membership fees reimbursed.
2000 – Miss USA contestant Bridget Sullivan
Bridget Sullivan told Buzzfeed last year that the then-owner of the pageant walked through the backstage area to wish contestants good luck, despite the fact many of them were naked at the time.
‘The time that he walked through the dressing rooms was really shocking. We were all naked,’ Sullivan said.
She went on to describe Trump as a ‘creepy uncle’, saying he would ‘hug you just a little low on your back.’
Buzzfeed spoke with four other contestants from that year – none whom remembered Trump walking through the dressing room when contestants were naked.
2001 – Miss USA contestant Tasha Dixon
Tasha Dixon told CBS News last year walked into the changing rooms at the pageant without warning, meaning many of the competitors were naked or not fully dressed.
‘Our first introduction to him was when we were at the dress rehearsal and half naked changing into our bikinis,’ Dixon said in an interview. ‘He just came strolling right in.
‘There was no second to put a robe on or any sort of clothing or anything. Some girls were topless. Other girls were naked.’
2003 – Mindy McGillivray
Mindy McGillivray, 36, told the Palm Beach Post that Trump grabbed her backside after she helped a photographer who was covering a concert at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago mansion.
McGillivray, who was 23 at the time, said she was with Ken Davidoff at the Mar-a-Lago on January 24, 2003.
‘All of a sudden I felt a grab, a little nudge. I think it’s Ken’s camera bag, that was my first instinct,’ she told the newspaper.
‘I turn around and there’s Donald. He sort of looked away quickly.’
2004 – Trump discussed what he thought it would be like to have sex with a teenage Lindsay Lohan on the Howard Stern Show
‘She’s probably deeply troubled and therefore great in bed,’ Trump told Stern when asked by the shock jock if he could imagine bedding ‘troubled teen’ Lindsay Lohan.
Trump went on to say: ‘How come the deeply troubled women, you know, deeply, deeply troubled, they’re always the best in bed?’
At the time of the interview, Lohan was just 18 years old. Trump was 58.
The conversation continued with Trump speaking about a friend he described as ‘a great Playboy’ and who he said only wants to date ‘crazy’ women.
2005 – Rachel Crooks
Rachel Crooks was a 22-year-old working as a receptionist at Bayrock Group, a real estate company based in Trump Tower in Manhattan, when she says Trump kissed her on the mouth without permission while in an elevator in 2005.
‘It was so inappropriate,’ Ms. Crooks told the New York Times. ‘I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that.’
Crooks told the newspaper the incident took place after she shook hands with Trump in an elevator and he allegedly refused to let go.
She says he then began kissing her on the cheeks, before then kissing her lips.
2005 – Donald Trump admits he would ‘inspect’ pageant contestants backstage
Donald Trump bragged about the extra power he had during an interview with Howard Stern in April 2005, the tapes of which have been released by CNN.
‘I’ll tell you the funniest is that I’ll go backstage before a show and everyone’s getting dressed,’ Trump said about the pageant.
‘No men are anywhere, and I’m allowed to go in, because I’m the owner of the pageant and therefore I’m inspecting it…. “Is everyone OK?” You know, they’re standing there with no clothes. “Is everybody OK?”
‘And you see these incredible looking women, and so I sort of get away with things like that.’
2005 – Trump brags about being able to grope women without consent to Billy Bush on the set of Access Hollywood
‘You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful – I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait,’ he was heard saying to Billy Bush on the set of Access Hollywood in 2005 in a recording published by the Washington Post last year.
‘And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p****. You can do anything.’
2005 – Natasha Stoynoff
Natasha Stoynoff recounted how she had traveled to Mar-a-Largo to interview Trump and his wife, Melania, in December 2005.
She said Donald took her into a room he really wanted to see, before forcing himself on her.
‘We walked into that room alone, and Trump shut the door behind us. I turned around, and within seconds, he was pushing me against the wall, and forcing his tongue down my throat,’ she wrote for People.
Stoynoff went on to say how she was rescued when a butler walked in, however when the two were alone again shortly after Trump told her they were ‘going to have an affair’.
2006 – Samantha Holvey
Samantha Holvey claims that as a 20-year-old representing North Carolina in the 2006 Miss USA pageant, Trump would inspect her and other contestants before the competition.
She has said she was ‘disgusted’ by the now-president’s repeated behavior.
It was ‘the dirtiest I felt in my entire life,’ she told CNN last year. ‘He would step in front of each girl and look you over from head to toe like we were just meat, we were just sexual objects, that we were not people.’
2007 – Summer Zervos – contestant on The Apprentice
Summer Zervos, who was a contestant on the fifth season of The Apprentice, said Trump groped and kissed her in his room at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007.
She claims that she reached out to Trump a year after she left the show to speak about possible business opportunities, and when she met with him he kissed her ‘open mouthed’ multiple times, and at one point placed his hand on her breast.
She claims he then had her lie in bed with him she said telling her he wanted to watch ‘telly telly’, but soon after began ‘thrusting his genitals’ at her despite her pleas asking him to stop.
Zervos said during a press conference about her accusations: ‘You do not have the right to treat women as sexual objects just because you are a star.’
2009 – Called Khloe Kardashian ‘a fat piglet’
Trump made rude and offensive comments about Khloe Kardashian’s physical appearance and weight while she filmed Celebrity Apprentice back in 2009, according to multiple people who worked on the set.
‘He said: “Why don’t we fire Khloe? She is a fat piglet. Why did we get the ugly Kardashian?”‘ a source told Huffington Post.
2010 – Friend of CNN anchor Erin Burnett
Erin Burnett detailed an encounter that a friend had with Trump in March 2010 in the boardroom at Trump Tower, when he allegedly tried to kiss her without permission.
The woman told Burnett, according to CNN: ‘Trump took Tic Tacs, suggested I take them also. He then leaned in, catching me off guard, and kissed me almost on lips. I was really freaked out.
‘After (the meeting), Trump asked me to come into his office alone. Was really unsure what to do. … Figured I could handle myself.
‘Anyway, once in his office he kept telling me how special I am and gave me his cell, asked me to call him. I ran the hell out of there.’
2013 – Miss USA contestant Cassandra Searles
Searles, who won Miss Washington in 2013, said Trump tried to seduce her, groped her, and treated the women in the pageant ‘like cattle’, according to Yahoo News.
‘Do y’all remember that one time we had to do our onstage introductions, but this one guy treated us like cattle and made us do it again because we didn’t look him in the eyes?’ she wrote last year.
‘Do you also remember when he then proceeded to have us lined up so he could get a closer look at his property?
‘Oh I forgot to mention that guy will be in the running to become the next President of the United States.’
She then added: ‘He probably doesn’t want me telling the story about that time he continually grabbed my a** and invited me to his hotel room.’
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