Vice President Joe Biden took GOP candidate Donald Trump to task over comments he made bragging about his ability to grope women, saying he wished he were in high school so "I could take him behind the gym."
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During a campaign stop in Pennsylvania Friday, Biden sounded outraged as he talked about Trump’s sexually explicit comments and the allegations from women that Trump assaulted them. Trump has vehemently denied the sex assault allegations.
“Press always ask me, ‘Don’t I wish I were debating him?’” Biden said talking about Trump. “No, I wish we were in high school and I could take him behind the gym.”
Biden has been a leading advocate for legislation aimed at helping sexual assault victims throughout his career and Friday he credited his father and his family values for serving as inspiration for that work. Biden has been known for passionate and fiery rhetoric and at several points during his speech, which focused primarily on rebuking Trump, the vice president was yelling.
“What he said and did and does is the text book definition of sexual assault,” Biden bellowed. “He said because I am famous, because I am a star, because I am a billionaire I can do things other people cant. What a disgusting assertion for anyone to make."
In a 2005 "Access Hollywood" video, Trump can be heard bragging about how he can grab and kiss women because he's "a star." He has dismissed the talk as "locker room banter" but also repeatedly apologized for it.
Biden has been campaigning almost daily for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He argued Friday that she has been victim to a double standard, because she is a female politician. Biden told the story of a time he cried talking about his son Beau Biden, who passed away last summer, and said if Clinton had done the same she would be “accused of playing the women’s card.”
“I could give you thousands of examples,” Biden went on. “So it is not a surprise that this generous woman I know has closed up and is unwilling many times to show her heart. I want the public knowing the Hillary I know,” he said.
Still, Biden continually circled back to Trump. He accused the Republican of making the country’s European NATO allies nervous (after threatening to dismantle the agreement if they didn't pay up) and insulting the U.S. military. He said he is encountered foreign leaders during his official travel that are shaken by the prospect of a Trump presidency.
“If we let Donald Trump somehow even get a significant minority of the vote, it says things to the rest of the world about us that endangers us,” Biden said. “Everywhere I go I get asked by world leaders, ‘This can’t be true can it?’”