Biden: Trump remarks 'sexual assault'

Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations Biden to debate for first time as front-runner Rules for first Democratic primary debates announced MORE on Saturday condemned Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE's leaked 2005 comments about women, saying they were "demeaning" and a form of sexual assault. 

ADVERTISEMENT

The vice president took to Twitter to reject the characterization of the Republican presidential nominee's comments as "lewd." 

"The words are demeaning. Such behavior is an abuse of power. It’s not lewd. It’s sexual assault," Biden tweeted.

Biden, the main author of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, has been a strong advocate of the "It’s On Us" campaign against college sexual assault. He has recently been featured in a PSA video on "Funny or Die," and appeared in an episode of "Law and Order: SVU." 

Biden also delivered a pointed message on "The Tonight Show" last month.

"My dad was a graceful gentleman, and he used to say the greatest sin was the abuse of power. And the greatest sin of all is for a man to raise his hand on a woman or child," he said. "We can change the culture here. We can change the culture. No means no. "

In the audio released by The Washington Post on Friday, Trump describes groping women and suggests he can "do anything" to them because he's "a star."

While on a bus on the way to an interview, he mentions eating "some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her," referring to a married woman he said he attempted to seduce.

"You know, I'm automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star they let you do it. You can do anything.

"Grab them by the p----,” Trump says. "You can do anything." 

--This report was updated at 5:25 p.m.