Republican nominee Donald Trump has been under fire since the Washington Post released audio in which he is bragging about sexually assaulting women.
As various women have come forward with accusations of their own, Trump’s wife Melania came to his defense during a Monday interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. She echoed her husband’s statements that all of the allegations are lies, and said “I believe my husband. I believe my husband.”
She added that Trump was reportedly “egged on” into engaging in “boy talk” with Billy Bush in 2005. One of Trump’s accusers, Jessica Leeds wasn’t having it.
Leeds, who claims Trump groped her 35 years ago while on a plane, told TMZ that Melania’s defense of her husband is akin to Hillary Clinton’s defense of Bill in the 90s.
She said, “The wives are in a difficult position if they want to save their marriage. They’ll make compromises and accept the good with the bad.”
She added, “I feel it’s terrible Melania is being viewed as sympathetic when Donald is beating up on Hillary for doing the same with Bill.”
Trump has used the narrative that Bill Clinton is an alleged sexual abuser time and time again, seemingly to suggest that he himself is not also a perpetrator of sexual violence.
Trump has also claimed on various occasions that Hillary either defended Bill, or threatened his accusers. However, Melania’s defense of her husband is playing the exact same hand, according to Leeds.
Leeds isn’t the only one who noticed the similarities between the Melania and Hillary. Check out the clip below from NBC Nightly News senior editor and writer Bradd Jaffy.
Vast left-wing conspiracy? Interesting to watch this back to back. pic.twitter.com/PP6ZsBPdg0
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) October 18, 2016