President Trump has, to little surprise, come to Bill O’Reilly’s defense after 7 women accused the Fox News host of sexual harassment. Trump himself was accused of sexually harassing over a dozen women before becoming president. Women are furious about his support!
President Donald Trump, 70, sat down with reporters, including from The New York Times, on April 5, to discuss his belief that former national security adviser Susan Rice committed a crime against his associates, but he quickly went off topic. The president told reporters in the Oval Office that while they should be focusing on the Rice story, they’re too busy vilifying his good friend Bill O’Reilly, 67, who’s been accused of covering up over a decade of sexual harassment during his time at Fox News.
“I think he’s a person I know well — he is a good person,” Trump said, according to The New York Times. “I think he shouldn’t have settled; personally I think he shouldn’t have settled. Because you should have taken it all the way. I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.”
Well, that’s unsettling. The president heard that a high-profile figure in the media was accused of at least seven instances of sexual harassment, and his problem is that the man settled with the alleged victims, rather than taking the case to court. Never mind the fact that the cases were allegedly covered up by Bill and Fox News to keep the alleged victims quiet about what had happened. This, in the president’s eyes, is another business deal.
Of course, this is par for the course for Trump. During the presidential campaign, over a decade’s worth of sexual harassment and abuse claims came to light from women who worked with him on The Apprentice, as well as from contestants in the beauty pageants he once owned.
There was, of course, the hot mic recording heard around the world revealed right before the election. Trump was overheard on an Access Hollywood bus speaking to co-host Billy Bush about his sexual conquests, including his gross habits of abusing women he wanted to date. You know, how he just “grabbed ’em by the p***y.”
The president’s casual defense of Bill’s sexual assault accusations are especially callous considering that he just named April 2017 National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, pledging that the White House “will do everything in its power to protect women, children, and men from sexual violence.”
“At the heart of our country is the emphatic belief that every person has unique and infinite value,” Trump wrote. “We dedicate each April to raising awareness about sexual abuse and recommitting ourselves to fighting it. Women, children and men have inherent dignity that should never be violated.”
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked that Trump defended Bill against the sexual harassment claims? Tell us in the comments.