Vice President Joe Biden visited “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on Oct. 12, and while he was there, the topic of Donald Trump came up.
Meyers asked Biden if he was more shocked by Trump’s vulgar comments in 2005 or the fact that people were still standing by him after the comments were made public.
Biden was very blunt in his response, telling the talk show host, “”First of all, what I found astounding is that he would so publicly — no matter who he was talking to — that he would acknowledge that he engaged in the textbook definition of sexual assault.”
He later continued, “I mean, this is absolutely outrageous behavior. I’ve spent more of my career trying to figure out how to change the culture in this country so that we treat women with respect and with dignity.”
Biden, who wrote the Violence Against Women Act, said that he’d been asked why he’s so passionate about this subject, and he said that it isn’t necessarily because of his mother or sister, but rather, because of something his dad said.
“The greatest sin of all is the abuse of power, and the cardinal sin of all is a man raising his hand or taking advantage of a woman,” Biden shared, recounting his father’s words.
He also said that Trump’s behavior and his comments about being able to take advantage of women because of his money and star power are the “ultimate abuse of power,” and Biden doesn’t understand how anyone can “remotely justify that.”
This isn’t the first time Biden has spoken out against Trump’s shocking comments. In a Twitter post last week, Biden shared similar sentiments, saying that his comments weren’t just “lewd.” They were “sexual assault.”