Everyone knew the Sunday morning shows would be tough, and former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani was the only Trump surrogate willing to appear and attempt to defend Donald Trump and his “grab ’em by the p*ssy” remark.
Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union, host Jake Tapper grilled Giuliani grilled over Trump’s comments…and Giuliani had a tough time defending Trump.
Tapper called Trump’s comments “vile and disgusting,” and repeatedly asked Giuliani to justify why voters should support Trump in light of his remarks, saying, “He’s essentially voicing a casual attitude towards sexual assault. What was your response when you first heard it?”
Giuliani said he was disgusted by Trump’s comments, calling them “horrible remarks you don’t want to hear from anyone, much less a presidential candidate.” The mayor pointed out that Trump apologized for his comments, before diverted to Hillary Clinton and her tenure at the State Department.
Giuliani said, “He said he realized that he was wrong, and that doesn’t reflect the way he looks at things today. The question is is this the one issue on which we should decide [the election]?”
Tapper pointed out that he understood why Giuliani was attempting to change the subject, but then said, “He’s talking about actions that are sexual assault. He was 59 or 60-years-old when he said it, this wasn’t something he said when he was 18 years old. He’s talking about a feeling of entitlement because he’s a star. He can go up to women and grab them by the vagina, and it’s okay, he won’t get in trouble for it. It’s really offensive on just a human level. Who did he do this too?”
When Giuliani attempted to claim that some people criticizing Trump were hypocritical for “throwing stones,” Tapper interjected, saying, “I have never said that, I have never done that. I’m happy to throw a stone. I’ve been in locker rooms, I’ve been a member of a fraternity. I have never heard any man ever brag about being able to maul women because they get away with it. Never.”
The mayor defended Trump, saying that although he wasn’t attempting to justify Trump’s remarks, “Men at times talk like that.”
Hmmm…I don’t know any men that talk that way. I know men who swear, but never in a way that demonstrates sexual assault. Do you?
Let us know in the comments below!!
— CNN (@CNN) October 9, 2016