Speaking at a campaign rally on Friday in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Vice President Joe Biden railed on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his comments from 2005 on Access Hollywood in which he bragged about kissing and touching women without their consent.
According to ABC affiliate WNEP, Biden addressed more than 200 people at Wilkes University during the afternoon, approximately 20 miles southwest from his birthplace in Scranton, Pa.
“What (Trump) said he did and does is the textbook definition of sexual assault,” Biden told the crowd. “The press always asks me, ‘Don’t I wish I were debating him?’ No, I wish we were in high school — I could take him behind the gym. That’s what I wish.”
The crowd reaction was predictably positive, not only to Biden’s comments about Trump, but to the vice president’s overall persona and character.
“He’s a really genuine person and it’s nice to see, honesty,” said a female Wilkes University student.
“He stays true to his message and true to his heart and his mouth,” offered a local woman.
Biden’s outspokenness about sexual assault, particularly on college campuses, has been a long-running rhetorical theme. Last week in Las Vegas, Biden said Trump’s remarks to Billy Bush in 2005 are “not inconsistent with the way in which he’s abused power all along.”
“I’m tired of new politicians who want to go to Washington to demean women,” Biden said.
Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway responded to the vice president’s comments in a tweet Friday evening, suggesting the media has a double-standard for Republican and Democratic politicians.
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) October 21, 2016
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