For many people, and apparently Donald Trump is one of those people, rape isn’t really possible if that rapist is good looking or rich or famous. Rape isn’t possible if women are attracted to the rapist.
This was the argument Donald Trump used in 1992, shortly after boxer Mike Tyson was convicted of rape. In an interview with NBC Nightly News in February of 1992, Trump defended Tyson, saying he was railroaded and that the victim “wanted it real bad.”
Trump vigorously and very publicly defended Tyson during his rape trial in early 1992, proposing that Tyson be allowed to pay off victim Desiree Washington with money from future boxing fights instead of serving time in prison. Speaking with “NBC Nightly News” on Feb. 21, 1992, he said Tyson was “railroaded in the case” and suggested the victim wasn’t a victim at all. Trump also told “New York” magazine Tyson relayed to him that the victim “wanted it real bad.”
Trump went on to blame Washington because she was dancing.
“You have a young woman that was in his hotel room late in the evening at her own will,” Trump said in an NBC Nightly News video package obtained by BuzzFeed News through the Vanderbilt University Television News Archive. “You have a young woman seen dancing for the beauty contest—dancing with a big smile on her face, looked happy as can be.”
Here’s the video:
Trump then appeared on his buddy Howard Stern’s show (not to future presidential candidates: stay away from Howard Stern’s show) and further elaborated, by even saying Tyson could bribe his way out of the connection. He doubled down on the idea that the victim must have wanted it because he’s seen women go around touching Tyson.
“I’ve seen women going around touching him,” said Trump with a laugh. “He walks in a room and the women start grabbing him and grabbing his ass and grabbing anything else they can grab on him.”
As for the bribery, Trump said:
“My concept is for the state of Indiana, maybe $20 million, a lot of money,” Trump said. “The proceeds from his next fight, his next two fights for rape victims, and I think that’s a lot better than having Mike Tyson serve jail for 10 years or something. I think it’s gonna do a lot more in terms of a cause.”
Here’s that audio:
Trump also suggested that Tyson pay Washington off.
This explains a lot about Donald Trump, especially in the fallout from the release of the video in which Trump bragged about grabbing women’s p****es. Trump doesn’t see women as human beings. He sees them as sexual objects and to Trump, just because one woman is attracted to a man, it must mean that that man (especially if he is rich and powerful) has carte blanche access to all women.
As for Tyson, he served three years of a six year sentence.
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