Melania Trump says the media is trying to undermine her husband’s White House run by fixating on his alleged sexual misconduct.
“I was not surprised that the tape came out,” she said of a controversial 2005 recording of Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE, the Republican nominee for president, on CNN’s “360” late Monday. "It was the media, it was NBC, it was ‘Access Hollywood,’ it was left-wing media. Everything was organized.
“They play, they play, they play. It was hour after hour bashing him. They want to influence the American people how to vote. And they’re influencing in the wrong way.”
Melania Trump said she does not believe the multiple women who have accused her husband of kissing or groping them without permission.
“I believe my husband. I believe my husband,” she told Anderson Cooper in a rare sit-down interview. "This was all organized from the opposition.
“Did they ever check the background of these women? They don’t have any facts. People come out saying lies and not true stuff. I didn’t expect the media would be so dishonest and so mean.”
Trump additionally denied that her husband has ever committed sexual assault, arguing Democrats are using such claims as a distraction from the issues. When asked by Cooper whether what Donald Trump described on the tape was sexual assault, she said "no."
“No, that’s not sexual assault,” Melania Trump said of the remarks in the 2005 recording. "He didn’t say he did it. To accuse no matter who it is, a man or a woman, with no evidence and damage their reputation, is unfair.
“The opposition doesn’t want to talk about WikiLeaks and Benghazi and the emails. They don’t want to talk about it. [Donald Trump] supports women. He encourages them to go to the highest level and achieve their dreams.”
The tape of Donald Trump talking with former “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush emerged earlier this month and caused a political firestorm.
It features Trump discussing his failed sexual advances on a married woman and grouping women’s genitalia without consent.
Multiple women have since accused the billionaire of kissing or touching them without permission in the past.
Trump has fiercely denied the allegations, which threaten to hurt his standing with voters less than a month from Election Day.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden sends 'best wishes' to Clinton following hospitalization The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle MORE and her allies have used the accusations as evidence Trump lacks the ethical and moral character for the presidency.
First lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaYouTube confirms it picked kids featured in Harris video Photos of the Week: Congressional Baseball Game, ashen trees and a beach horse The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Gears begin to shift in Congress on stalled Biden agenda MORE last week blasted the businessman’s past remarks as “disgraceful” and “intolerable” in a scorching campaign speech on Clinton’s behalf.
Clinton has gradually expanded her lead over Trump in both national and state polling as the real estate tycoon struggles with the allegations against him.
The former secretary of State leads Trump by 7 points nationwide, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls.