Mike Pence: Donald Trump Sexual Assault Allegations “Unsubstantiated” – Watch ‘Today’ Show Video
Mike Pence defended running mate Donald Trump against sexual assault allegations on Friday’s “Today” show. Check out the video below.
As Gossip Cop has reported, a number of women have accused Trump of inappropriately touching them during various encounters. He emphatically denied the claims on Thursday, and vowed to sue The New York Times and People for publishing some of the allegations. Now on the NBC morning show, Pence stood up for the Republican presidential nominee.
Asked point-blank by Matt Lauer if he “believes these women,” the Indiana governor replied, “Well, let me say first and foremost, I think Donald Trump showed his heart to the American people. He apologized, said he was embarrassed for words that he’d used 11 years ago. And I think that was right.” Pressed by Lauer to answer the question, Pence then said, “What I would say is these are unsubstantiated allegations.”
“The reality is Donald Trump yesterday categorically denied that these things ever happened, and I believe him,” he continued. “We’ve talked about it privately. I heard him publicly. And what we’re going to do in this campaign is not allow the other side to change the subject to slanders and lie. We’re going to continue to focus on the issues that really matter to the American people.”
Pence, who previously released a statement saying he was “offended” by Trump’s “words and actions” on the now-infamous “Access Hollywood” tape, was then pushed by Savannah Guthrie as to why he believes the mogul is being more truthful with his denials than he was on the video. “I think he was right to say he was embarrassed by that, that he was in a private conversation,” Pence said.
He went on, “He said very clearly that it was just talk, that he regrets what he said 11 years ago. But these unsubstantiated allegations — which frankly are very similar to what The New York Times published six months ago that was widely discredited by in articles by the very same reporters — I think all of these things, I would say to you as a dad of two daughters, a public person, you always take these issues seriously.”
As for Trump’s claim that he has “substantial evidence” to prove the allegations are untrue, Pence insisted it’s “coming in, frankly, probably a matter of hours.” He added, “Stay tuned. There’s more information coming.” The vice presidential candidate then changed the topic to Hillary Clinton’s leaked emails, but Guthrie brought the tense conversation back to the subject at hand by comparing Trump’s accusers to Bill Clinton’s.
The difference, Pence argued, is that Clinton “admitted” to inappropriate behavior with Monica Lewinsky. And when Lauer asked if he was putting his “loyalty” to Trump ahead of his “faith,” the politician responded, “Part of my faith is I believe in forgiveness. When Donald Trump apologized this weekend to the American people, I believe in extending grace and I believe millions of Americans do as well.”
But while Pence may be standing by his side, celebrities reacting to the Trump sexual assault allegations are slamming him. Watch Pence’s “Today” show interview below.