Melania Trump took to the airways on Monday night to talk about groping charges women have made about her husband Donald, as well as the Access Hollywood tape in which he talked about groping women without their consent. Melania said that those making the charges are lying and attributed her husband’s language as the result of being “egged on” by Billy Bush. Mrs. Trump’s interview was with Anderson Cooper, who was reportedly her choice in spite of her husband’s attacks on CNN’s coverage of his campaign.
Melania blamed Hillary Clinton and her campaign for the emergence of women with charges against her husband. She charged that there were no facts to back up the claims and that every charge of sexual abuse should be taken seriously but should be dealt with in a court of law.
Regarding Donald Trump’s language on the Access Hollywood bus, his wife called it “boy talk” and said that he only said what he did because Billy Bush encouraged him.
“… he was led on — like, egged on — from the host to say dirty and bad stuff.”
In response to her “boy talk” comment, Anderson Cooper said that he was 59 years old at the time. Melania acknowledged the fact and said that:
“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.”
The New York Times reports that Donald Trump’s campaign has wanted Melania to do an interview in response to the charges of assault and the video tape ever since the video became public. As Trump’s polling numbers sink, they believed an interview that included both Melania and Donald Trump would help stabilize things as we move closer to the November 8 election day, like the Bill and Hillary Clinton interview of 1992 did before that election amid charges of sexual assault against Bill. Melania stated she had no interest in that type of interview. She has avoided the spotlight throughout the campaign and has been criticized for the few appearances she has made.
Melania Trump also spoke about the behavior of women around her husband.
“I see many, many women coming to him and giving the phone numbers, and, you know, want to work for him or inappropriate stuff from women. And they know he’s married.”
Melania shies away from social media and has posted to her own accounts infrequently throughout the campaign. She attributes this to the pervasive negativity of the campaign that she finds unhealthy. Of Donald’s frequent tweets, Mrs. Trump has said:
“That’s his decision. He’s an adult. I give him many advices, but sometimes he listens, sometimes he doesn’t, and he will do what he wants at the end, and I will do what I want to do.”
As reported by CNN, Melania Trump stated that she believes her husband’s claims that he is not guilty of the behavior the nine women have accused him of. She also stated that she was shocked by the language he used in the Access Hollywood video.
“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. 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.”
Melania specifically denied some comments by People writer Natasha Stoynoff.
“Even the story that came out in People magazine, the writer she said my husband took her to the room and start kissing her. She wrote in the same story about me — that she saw me on 5th Avenue, and I said to her, ‘Natasha, how come we don’t see you anymore?’ I was never friends with her, I would not recognize her.”
Of Donald Trump’s attacks on the appearance of his accusers and other women, Melania had this to say.
“… my husband is real. He’s raw. He tells it like it is. He’s kind. He’s a gentleman. He supports everybody… He encourages them to go to the highest level, to achieve their dreams. He employs many, many women.”
Check out the full interview below.
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