Former governor Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.) came up with a ridiculous defense of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump after yet another woman accused him of sexual harassment and assault this weekend.
On Saturday, adult film actress Jessica Drake accused Trump of kissing her without permission. When she turned down a further advance, he offered her $10,000 to join him in his hotel room, she alleged. In response, Trump has played the victim. The Washington Post caught the rant of grievances that made up the first 15 minutes of his speech in Gettysburg on Saturday, including this:
“‘Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign,’ Trump said, as the crowd cheered. ‘Total fabrication. The events never happened. Never. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over.'”
Today, on CNN’s State of the Union, host Jake Tapper questioned Brewer about such a strategy. Brewer tried to turn Trump into an even bigger victim with her reply:
“He’s been waterboarded by these issues. It seems like it’s really been kind of somewhat of a put-up oppression of Donald Trump from all of these people lining up. It’s just unbelievable.
And anybody that’s been under those kinds of assaults I think want to defend themselves.
He did a great job explaining to the American people.”
The CNN panel erupted in laughter.
Drake is the 11th woman to publicly accuse Trump of sexual harassment and abuse. It’s easy to understand why the Trump campaign would trot out a woman to defend the candidate from so many allegations. But to suggest that Trump has been tortured when, in fact, he has boasted of inflicting bodily harm on women is no laughing matter.
But maybe this absurd defense of sexual harassment and assault was the best the Trump campaign could do.
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