Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), who is in a competitive reelection race, dodged questions about Trump’s comments on the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape in which Trump bragged about grabbing women by the genitals without their consent.
Loeffler deflected questions about Trump’s crude remarks, identifying herself as a politician who was an outsider like Trump and agreed with the president’s pro-business stance.
She repeatedly deflected questions about Trump’s alleged assaults on women and his specific comments on the “Access Hollywood” tape, which sparked massive headlines in the waning weeks of the 2016 presidential campaign.
“I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait,” Trump said on the audio recording in 2005. “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the pus*y. You can do anything.”
The questioning began when CNN’s Manu Raju asked Loeffler, whose opponents include Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), a key defender of Trump during the impeachment hearings, about her allegiance to Trump. Collins and Loeffler have both battled to be identified as pro-Trump in the race.
“Is there any issue on which you disagree with the president on,” Raju asked.
“No,” Loeffler replied. “Look the president, like myself, he’s a political outsider. He’s a business person fighting for America first … that’s what I went to Washington to do.”
A second reporter asked Loeffler if she knew that Trump was “caught on tape talking about sexually assaulting women.
“You didn’t disagree with that,” the reporter said. “What does that say?”
“Look what I agree with is the approach President Trump has taken since day one to put America first,” she responded.
The reporter pressed again: “But you’re still not disagreeing with that particular thing the president said?”
“I’m sorry what are you referring to,” Loeffler asked. “I’m not familiar with that.”
Raju interjected: “The ‘Access Hollywood’ tape. He’s referring to the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape.”
Loeffler deflected, saying: “Look, this President is fighting for America and that’s what I’m fighting for, to make sure that every American has their chance to live the American dream.”
WATCH: GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler claims she "is not familiar" with President Trump's infamous Access Hollywood tape. pic.twitter.com/3GPcH0PXeM
— The Hill (@thehill) October 29, 2020