CNN host Chris Cuomo on Thursday made Corey Lewandowski answer for Donald Trump’s hypocrisy over the way that the GOP nominee had tried to promote women who accused Bill Clinton of misconduct while trying to shut down his own sexual assault accusers.
After four women came forward on Wednesday to say Trump touched them inappropriately, Cuomo noted that Trump had vowed to combat the allegations by dragging Bill Clinton through the mud.
“Donald Trump says, the campaign says women [accusing Bill Clinton] deserved to be believed,” Cuomo pointed out. “‘How dare Hillary Clinton not let these women say what was done to them by Bill Clinton. How dare she dismiss them.'”
The CNN host added: “Now [women are accusing Trump], and you’re completely 180 on it, ‘Shut them down, this is reckless, this is wrong, these women shouldn’t be heard.'”
“How is that not hypocrisy?” Cuomo wondered.
Lewandowski, who was also accused of assaulting a woman this year, asserted that “the media should cover this story with the same amount of coverage that they’ve given the accusers of Bill Clinton.”
“So for the next five years, we should cover this?” Cuomo asked. “Because that’s what I did, that’s what I spent my ’90s doing. So, should we do that now?”
Lewandowski responded by pivoting to when Hillary Clinton, as a young lawyer, was assigned to defend a rape case in the 1970s.
But after the Trump surrogate misrepresented most of the facts of the incident, the CNN host interrupted.
“I don’t want to have to police everything that you say,” Cuomo complained. “The problem is when facts are distorted, I’ve got to get in there because otherwise you create a false record.”
Watch the video below from CNN, broadcast Oct. 13, 2016.