(CNN) – Donald Trump is fighting back against multiple allegations of sexual assault. Calling them “totally, absolutely false.” He also seemed to imply one accuser wasn’t attract enough for him to pursue. This isn’t the first Trump has dismissed alleged victims of assault.
“When you’re a star, they let you do it” said Trump.
In the torrent of lewd, vulgar comments that surfaced in this 2005 video. Those last five words “they let you do it” may be the most telling. Summing up Donald Trump’s well documented words over almost a quarter of a century. Dismissing stories of sexual assault, and questioning or blaming the victim. 1992, after boxer Mike Tyson’s rape conviction trump blamed the victim.
Trump said, “You have a young woman that was in his hotel room late in the evening at her own will, it’s my opinion that to a large extent, Mike Tyson was railroaded in this case.”
Trump also speaking to Howard Stern charging in fact that Tyson was victimized by women.
“He walks in a room and the women start grabbing him and grabbing his ass and grabbing anything else they can grab on him” said Trump.
More recently, Trump dismissed concerns about female teachers having sex with underage students.
“Well, I don’t think the male students have been hurt by it. I don’t see a lot of damage done.”
Trump also appeared to blame women in the military who are victims of sexual assault. In 2013, tweeting: “26,000 unreported sexual assaults in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men and women together?”
Trump didn’t back down when asked last month if he stood by those words: “I think that that’s absolutely correct.”
In July when former Fox C.E.O. Roger Ailes stepped down in the wake of multiple charges of sexual harassment trump said: “some of the women that are complaining, I know how much he’s helped them now all of a sudden, they’re saying these horrible things about him.”
When asked what he would think if his daughter Ivana were the victim of sexual harassment, Trump’s answer was stunning telling the reporter: “I would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case.”