Video footage of Donald Trump grabbing a woman by the rear end has surfaced.
Should we be surprised? This is the man who said, “You can do anything. Grab em’ by the pussy. You can do anything.” How many women have accused him of sexual assault? AT LEAST 17.
The video, which was taken in 1992, was unearthed by NBC News and shows Trump partying at Mar-a-Lago with sex offender and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. In the video, Trump is seen approximating dancing with a bevy of women in an excruciatingly tacky ballroom. Music plays, champagne flows, and Trump objectifies women with Epstein.
“She’s hot,” Trump mouths to Epstein. Then Trump whispers an additional something (I don’t want to know), and the two men double over laughing.
You might be thinking, “Oh, gross, but it was also the 90s!” Wait! There’s more.
On Twitter, Time editor at large Anand Giridharadas pointed out how at the 1:30 mark in the video, Trump can be seen grabbing a woman from behind and then patting her on the butt.
He literally just yanks her back into his crotch and cops a feel.
“Buried in @NBCNews’s video of Trump and Epstein is this moment where Trump clearly grabs a woman and pats her behind. Real gentleman,” Giridharadas writes. The woman’s identity is currently unknown.
The video was part of a segment on “Morning Joe” examining Trump’s relationship with Epstein, who is currently facing a host of child sex trafficking charges. Trump has distanced himself from Epstein but referred to him as a “terrific guy” in a 2002 New York magazine article.
Though the video doesn’t really tell us anything new about the relationship between Trump and Epstein, it does provide a glimpse into the seedy world both men enjoyed inhabiting.
On social media, users shared their disgust—and also noted how cozy Trump and Epstein seemed together.
He knew NBC was filming and still felt the ass patting was appropriate.
Imagine what he’s capable of when no one is filming him.
— Shopgirl ????????????☮️ (@idnac4u) July 17, 2019
You can tell that it is something he is very comfortable doing.
— Vicki Snowflake (@GlassRiverJewel) July 17, 2019
Trump said he wasn’t a fan of Jeffrey Epstein, but Trump looks happier with Epstein than all three of his wives.
— Christopher Bouzy (@cbouzy) July 17, 2019
One user helpfully noted how appearances like these were common for cheerleaders, who were grossly underpaid for their work and basically exploited.
Buffalo Bills cheerleaders were 18-26YO – insanely underpaid & did promo events like this for $.
— BLOOP! (@susiemcdonnell) July 17, 2019
Can’t wait for Trump’s enablers to get busy with some insultingly obvious gaslighting.
Kellyanne will tell us this was a popular dance move of the time.
— Bobby Gagnon (@58LesPaul) July 17, 2019