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Joe Biden on Donald Trump Comments: ‘It’s Not Lewd. It’s Sexual Assault’

October 8, 2016, 9:40 PM UTC
Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the launch of the "It's On Us" campaign to prevent sexual assault on college campuses at the White House on Sept. 19, 2014.
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Vice President Joe Biden went a step further on Saturday in condemning Donald Trump’s lewd comments about women, accusing him of “sexual assault.”

“The words are demeaning. Such behavior is an abuse of power. It’s not lewd. It’s sexual assault,” Biden said in a tweet, referring to a 2005 recording leaked on Friday, in which Trump boasts about being able to grope women due to his fame.

“And when you’re a star, they let you do it,” Trump says in the video, published by the Washington Post. “You can do anything.”

“Grab them by the p—y,” Trump adds. “You can do anything.”

Biden has made preventing sexual assault one of his key issues, championing the White House initiative to end sexual assault on college campuses and, as a Senator, introducing the Violence Against Women Act in 1990.