Trump surrogates have started normalizing sexual assault in a terrifying way - 2016-10-10
During Sunday night's presidential debate, Donald Trump repeatedly dodged moderator Anderson Cooper's attempts to call him out for bragging about sexual assault in leaked comments that surfaced on Friday. Trump dismissed the comments as "locker room talk," pivoted to talking about ISIS, and talked about his "tremendous respect for women" before finally saying that, no, he had never actually done the things he talked about on the tape.
But in defending Trump after the debate, some of his surrogates went a lot further than just changing the subject or denying that Trump actually did the things he said he did. They denied that his comments could even be described as sexual assault in the first place.
In an interview with the Weekly Standard, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said he wouldn't "characterize" the behavior described in the tapes "as sexual assault."