Vice President Joe Biden is not letting Donald Trump off the hook for comments he made about groping women in 2005, calling the GOP candidate's "locker room" language the "textbook definition of sexual assault."
In an interview with "Late Night" host Seth Meyers Wednesday, Biden said it is "astounding" that a presidential candidate would publicly acknowledge that being a star allowed him to have his way with women.
"He didn't say, you know, 'I go up and I ask...' He says, 'I go up and grab and I can do this...'" Biden said during his appearance, which was recorded before new accounts from women who allege Trump touched them in an inappropriate manner were published in the New York Times, Palm Beach Post and People magazine Wednesday night.
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Meanwhile, five former contestants in the Trump–owned Miss Teen USA pageant claim that Trump deliberately walked in on them while they were changing during the 1997 competition, Buzzfeed reported.
"And then I see in the paper today, one of the pageants — I guess Miss Teen America — and the teen girls — three, four, five in a room —they were getting dressed, they were naked, he walked in and said, 'Don't worry girls, I've seen all this,' and he stood there. I mean, this is absolutely outrageous behavior," Biden continued.
Trump has denied all allegations and demanded that the Times retracts their story and apologize, threatening legal action.
Biden, who drafted the landmark Violence Against Women Act, expressed his disappointment "to come across someone like Trump" after having worked for years "trying to figure out how to change the culture in this country so that we treat women with respect and dignity."
"My dad used to say, 'The greatest sin of all is the abuse of power. And the cardinal sin of all is a man raising his hand or taking advantage of a woman," Biden said. "And here's a guy that says...'I'm a billionaire, I'm a star, I'm a celebrity, so I can go in and intimidate women [into] allowing me to assault them and assume they're not going to say anything.' That is the ultimate abuse of power."
On Friday, an 11-year-old audio tape leaked of Trump making lewd comments about women to Billy Bush, then-host of "Access Hollywood." Trump has apologized for the tape, describing the comments as "locker room talk."
Since then, at least four women have come forward claiming Trump either touched or kissed them inappropriately. NBC News has not confirmed any of the allegations, some dating back decades.
Biden also weighed in on Trump's recent debate performance, saying he couldn't believe what he was watching.
"It's a frightening notion that the vice president and the president don't understand each other's [positions]," he said, referring to when Trump said he disagreed with running mate Mike Pence over Russia's involvement in the Syria conflict.
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