Vice President Joe Biden called out Donald Trump's remarks on recently released footage as the "textbook definition of sexual assault".
Biden, who was campaigning for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada on Thursday (13 October), noted the comments were consistent with other cases in which Trump has "abused power".
"I'm tired of new politicians who want to go to Washington to demean women," Biden said. "Here's the deal guys, this is totally consistent. ...His admission of what is the textbook definition of sexual assault. I'm talking about Trump obviously."
According to CNN, Biden said the GOP nominee's remarks are "not inconsistent with the way in which he's abused power all along."
Biden then went on to connect Trump's comments to his bankruptcy and his celebration of the collapse of the housing market "because it was good business."
According to Politico, the vice president also suggested that his former Senate colleagues are also prone to speaking like Trump. "It's not just Trump. There's a number of people who share Trump's views," Biden said. "And they work in the United States Congress. They're there. They're in the Senate, many of them. And they support this notion of abuse of power -- the more powerful you are, the more leeway you're supposed to have."
His remarks seem to support those made by Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, after Sunday's (9 October) debate.
"I would talk to some of the members of Congress there when I was younger and prettier. Them rubbing against girls, sticking their tongues down women's throats, uninvited, didn't like it," she said. "And some of them, by the way, are on the list of people who won't support Donald Trump because they all ride around on their high horse."
Biden's criticisms come on the heels of fresh allegations against Trump from women claiming he sexually assaulted them in the past. The New York Times published the accounts of two women who said the GOP nominee groped them and kissed them without knowing them. The Palm Beach Post reported a similar account by a Florida woman who said Trump grabbed her inappropriately when she was 23.
The night was capped off by a first-hand account by a PEOPLE reporter who said she was sexually assaulted by Trump when she was interviewing him and his wife Melania for a one-year anniversary article.
Trump has since dismissed all the allegations and threatened to sue the New York Times for its article. His wife also followed up the allegations with threats of her own against PEOPLE magazine.
This article was updated to include Vice President Biden's full comment regarding those in Congress.