Melania Trump finally broke her silence to defend her husband, ten days after Trump was revealed on tape saying he could grab women "by the pussy" because he was famous.
"He was led on—like, egged on—from the host to say dirty and bad stuff," Melania told Anderson Cooper Monday night on CNN, presumably blaming the whole thing on Billy Bush. Cooper recently grilled Trump about his sexually aggressive comments during the second presidential debate and, after Trump denied ever groping women without their consent, a number of them came forward with stories that called that into question.
Melania said she was surprised by her husband's recorded comments, but likened his misogynistic boasts to just "boy talk."
"The boys, the way they talk when they grow up, and they want to sometimes show each other, 'Oh, this and that' and talking about the girls. But yes, I was surprised, of course," Melania said.
As to the claims from multiple women that Donald Trump had touched or kissed them inappropriately, Melania went on to blame "the opposition"—which at this moment could mean Hillary Clinton, the media, or even members of her husband's own party, really—for bringing the women's stories forward.
"Did they ever check the background of these women? They don't have any facts," she said. "I believe my husband. I believe my husband."