In a debate earlier this month, Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) was asked if she disagreed with anything President Trump has ever said or done, and she replied with an emphatic “no.”
So on Wednesday, WXIA-TV asked Loeffler if she disagreed with Trump’s “statements about personally sexually assaulting women.” Loeffler replied, “I’m not familiar with that.” And when another reporter tried to jog her memory — “He’s referring to the Access Hollywood tape” — she shook her head again and said, ‘Yeah, no, look, this president is fighting for America,” adding that she will always stand by Trump.
In the closing weeks of the 2016 presidential election, The Washington Post published a video from 2005 in which Trump bragged on Access Hollywood about his technique for kissing and grabbing women, including married women. “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them,” he told host Billy Bush on a hot mic. “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,” including “grab them by the p—y.” The tape made quite a splash in 2016, leading many GOP figures to temporarily disavow their presidential nominee.
Loeffler, a millionaire appointed to the seat by Gov. Brian Kemp (R) last year, is trying to win her seat in what’s essentially a three-way primary against Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), a staunch Trump ally, and Rev. Raphael Warnock, the Democrat who currently leads in the polls. If no candidate hits 50 percent, as expected, the top two will face off in a January runoff election. Peter Weber