CNN host Jake Tapper pointed out to Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) on Sunday that it was Donald Trump’s word against nine women claiming he groped or assaulted them.
On Sunday’s State of the Union program, Tapper wondered if the Trump surrogate agreed with his strategy of insulting the looks of women who had accused him of unwanted touching.
“Absolutely not,” Ellmers replied. “The issue of groping, when we’re talking about this issue, this is sexual assault. So, we’re accusing a man of sexual assault here.”
“And I’m not going to debate who’s telling the truth,” she continued. “But it is a she said/he said situation.”
Tapper interrupted with a correction: “I’m sorry, it’s a she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said situation.”
“Let’s be fair!” Ellmers shot back. “We have the same situation with the Clintons, both with Bill Clinton, of course, and then of Hillary Clinton defending and attacking those women as well.”
“You know what? Let’s move on,” the surrogate continued. “It we’re going to talk about the issues that affect women in this country, let’s talk about the fact that there are two million more women in poverty today than when Barack Obama took office.”
CNN contributor Bakari Sellers called Ellmers comments “beyond the pale,” and slammed “the audacity of some people to tell Hillary Clinton how she should treat women with who her husband cheated with.”
Watch the video below from CNN’s State of the Union, broadcast Oct. 16, 2016.