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"There Are No Allegations" Of Sexual Abuse Against Trump? Really?

A Fox Business News host falsely claimed Friday that women have not accused President Trump of sexual misconduct, according to Salon.

“Just to be clear, there are no allegations against the president,” Maria Bartiromo declared. “He said during the campaign that wasn’t true. In fact, didn’t he say also that, you know, all of this will come to light and there will be a lawsuit? I mean … we’re talking about a situation where we have a picture with the guy’s hands on her breasts. You can’t compare the two … it’s not the same at all. (It’s like comparing) apples to oranges."

The commentator was referring to a photo of Democratic Sen. Al Franken, who acknowledges that he inappropriately kissed and grabbed a woman in 2006. The Minnesota lawmaker has apologized and volunteered to submit to an investigation of the incident. Bartiromo’s defense of Trump elicited numerous critical responses on social media. CNN reporter Brian Stelter tweeted that her statement was “really strange,” since a number of women have made allegations against the president. That prompted Bartiromo to block Stelter on Twitter.

Trump admitted in a 2005 recording of the “Access Hollywood” television show that he had sexually assaulted various women over the years. The Republican presidential nominee boasted that “The Apprentice” had made him a star who could “do anything,” even “grab them by the p***y.” Following the release of the tape, just a month before last year’s election, 16 women came forward with their stories of Trump having sexually harassed or assaulted them.

During Friday’s program, Bartiromo asked former Obama administration aide Christopher Lu about a recent comment by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. The New York Democrat said President Bill Clinton should have stepped down because of his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Lu noted that if the inappropriate relationship took place today, about 20 years later, it would be “seen under a different political lens.”

He explained: “You need to look at this all in a whole. How do you measure allegations with a photo versus allegations involving a yearbook? What are the standards when you’re looking at a political election versus legal proceedings?” The former staffer was referring to Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore having signed a yearbook for one of the teenaged girls who have accused him of sexual assault.

“What do you mean, how do you differentiate?” Bartiromo asked. “There’s a picture (of Franken).” Lu replied that there are many charges against Moore and “probably an equal number that have made allegations against the president.” He added: “They deny the allegations, yet you have other evidence and you have their testimony. I’m inclined to believe all of the women’s testimonies.”

Moore won the GOP Senate primary election earlier this year to become the party’s nominee to replace Jeff Sessions, who gave up the seat to serve as the nation’s attorney general. Top Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, have joined Democrats in calling on Moore to drop out of the race. Alabama’s largest newspapers have endorsed the candidate’s Democratic opponent.

Source: Salon
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