Betsy McCaughey defended Donald Trump by saying that the multiple women accusing the Republican presidential nominee of sexual assault are simply “man-shaming.”
McCaughey, the former lieutenant governor of New York, is most famous for inventing the myth of the Obamacare “death panels” and for defending Trump’s lewd remarks using Beyoncé lyrics.
“The polls show that Americans are not buying this roll out of accusers and this bigger theme of man-shaming,” she said of the myriad allegations of sexual assault against the GOP nominee, which polls show voters do believe.
The term “man-shaming” is a riff on the phrase “slut-shaming,” which often refers to the act of dismissing sexual crimes against women based on her perceived promiscuity. That McCaughey would reference this behavior in defending Trump is incredibly ironic, given that the GOP candidate recently attempted to discredit a former Miss Universe’s charges that he bullied her by claiming that she had a sex tape.
The comment came in middle of a conversation with CNN host Donald Lemon about fellow Trump surrogate Newt Gingrich. Gingrich blew up at Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Tuesday when she asked him about the controversy. McCaughey praised the former House Speaker’s behavior.
McCaughey made headlines earlier this month when she attempted to defend Trump’s sexist comments by claiming that Beyoncé has said much worse.
“I came to slay, bitch. When he f***ed me good I take his ass to Red Lobster,” she said in response to criticism over a leaked video in which Trump can be heard bragging about grabbing women “by the pussy.” “That happens to be from Beyoncé, [Hillary Clinton’s] favorite performer. Whom she says she idolizes and would like to imitate. There’s a lot of hypocrisy, in Hillary Clinton expressing such horror at [Trump’s] language.”
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Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.