In her first interview since the accusations of sexual misconduct surrounding her husband, Melania Trump pulled no punches, calling the accusations “lies” and even partially blaming then Access Hollywood host Billy Bush for helping to “egg on” Donald Trump’s lewd comments about women in 2005.
In the Monday interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Melania said she believed her husband, that “This was all organized from the opposition. And with the details … did they ever check the background of these women? They don’t have any facts.”
She was shocked at the language caught in the recording because she hadn’t heard it from her husband before.
“No. No, that’s why I was surprised, because I said like I don’t know that person that would talk that way, and that he would say that kind of stuff in private. I heard many different stuff — boys talk,” she said. “The boys, the way they talk when they grow up and they want to sometimes show each other, ‘Oh, this and that’ and talking about the girls. But yes, I was surprised, of course.”
And she called him out on it.
“I said to my husband that, you know, the language was inappropriate. It’s not acceptable. And I was surprised because that is not the man that I know,” Trump said.
“And as you can see from the tape, the cameras were not on — it was only a mic. And I wonder if they even knew that the mic was on,” she said, adding that her husband and host Billy Bush were engaged in “boy talk, and he was led on — like, egged on — from the host to say dirty and bad stuff.”
“Sometimes I say I have two boys at home — I have my young son and I have my husband. But I know how some men talk, and that’s how I saw it, yes,” she said.
Regarding the recent groping allegations, while Melania agrees with Michelle Obama that kissing or groping a woman without consent is sexual assault, she also believes in due process.
“But every assault should be taken care of in a court of law. And to accuse, no matter who it is, a man or a woman, without evidence is damaging and unfair.”
Melanie recognizes the nature of being a near lifetime celebrity and the problems that can come with that when the media is now scrutinizing every aspect of your life.
“It’s very hard, especially for him — when he decided to run for the presidency, because he did so many stuff in his life. He was on so many tapes, so many shows. And we knew that — that, you know, tapes will come out, people won’t want to go against him. But my husband is real. He’s raw. He tells it like it is. He’s kind. He’s a gentleman. He supports everybody. He supports women. He encourages them to go to the highest level, to achieve their dreams. He employs many, many women,” she said.
“I accept his apology. I hope the American people will accept it as well. And it was many, many years ago. He’s not the man that I know.”
Watch the entire interview below:
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