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Mike Pence: ‘I don’t understand’ why Michelle Obama denounced Trump’s ‘sexually predatory behavior’

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Mike Pence said he didn’t understand why Michelle Obama had so passionately condemned his running mate, Donald Trump, for boasting about forcibly grabbing women by their genitals.

The First Lady denounced the Republican presidential nominee, although she dismissively never spoke his name, for “speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behavior” — which she said had “shaken (her) to the core.”

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Pence, the GOP vice-presidential candidate, made the rounds Friday morning on television mopping up the sexual assault allegations pooling around Trump after the 2005 hot mic tape was released, and after he insisted during Sunday’s debate that he had never engaged in actions like he joked about in the recording.

“Look, I have a lot of respect for the first lady,” Pence told “CBS This Morning.” “But I don’t understand the basis of her claim.”

Co-host Norah O’Donnell asked Pence whether he believed Trump’s language was “sexually predatory” when he bragged about getting away with grabbing women “by the p*ssy,” whether or not he had their consent, because he was rich and famous.

“I already spoke about my concerns in the language he used in that 11-year-old video, but what he’s made it clear is that was talk,” Pence said. “Regrettable talk on his part, but that there were no actions.”

Pence agreed with Trump that the New York Times and other news organizations were irresponsibly reporting the claims of women who have come forward to say the real estate developer and former reality TV star had victimized them in years past.

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“Donald Trump has — has asserted that all of these recent unsubstantiated allegations are categorically false and I do believe him,” Pence said.

Pence told CBS News the Trump campaign would present evidence “that calls into question these allegations,” but he said he would stand by his running mate no matter what scandals might come to light in the coming weeks.

“We’re in this campaign and we’re in it to win this for the American people,” he said. “Donald Trump made it clear, he apologized for what he said 11 years ago. He showed humility. He showed heart.”

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WATCH: Maskless Kimberly Guilfoyle gives speech to Trump supporters the day before her positive COVID test was announced

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Donald Trump Jr.'s girlfriend, Trump campaign fundraiser Kimberly Guilfoyle, made headlines with the announcement she tested positive for COVID-19 with hours to go before President Donald Trump's speech at Mount Rushmore. The campaign was quick to note that this occurred before the president arrived in the state, that Guilfoyle and Trump Jr. would be backing out of attending the president's speech, and that they would not have any contact with him until further notice.

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Guilfoyle’s positive COVID-19 test a ‘set-back’ for troubled Trump campaign trying to brush off pandemic fears: report

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According to the Washington Post, the report that top Donald Trump 2020 campaign official, and girlfriend to Don Trump Jr., Kimberly Guilfoyle has tested positive for COVID-19 is not only a setback for the president's troubled campaign but also a stark reminder that the coronavirus is still spreading rapidly despite the president's denials.

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Trump advisors futilely trying to get him to stop ranting about statues as his re-election prospects collapse: report

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According to a report focusing on Donald Trump's rally at Mt. Rushmore on the evening before the 4th of July, advisors to the president are attempting to get him to start focusing on bread and butter issues that will get him re-elected instead of harping on statues being pulled down by protesters across the country.

As the Daily Beast report illustrates, their efforts appear to be futile based upon his Friday night speech.

With the president trying to fire up the crowd by insisting, “Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our founders. They think the American people are weak, and soft, and submissive,” the Beast reported that Trump, "decided to focus heavily Friday evening on protesters and Black Lives Matter activists who want various American monuments, including those honoring Confederate, white-supremacist, and slave-owning figures of history, torn down and destroyed for good. "

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