Trump calls for ‘swift, tough and swift’ action to protect women’s right to vote
Trump on Thursday called for swift, tough, and swift action to defend the right to hold public office, including the right of women to vote.
The president made the comments at a rally in Las Vegas, where he has called for an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones.
The rally was the second of two he has held since the allegations surfaced last week.
In his remarks, Trump said that women should have the same rights as men, and he said women who are assaulted should have access to the same legal remedies as men.
“I have had the opportunity to work with women in the Senate,” Trump said.
“And I will tell you, women are far more capable than men in dealing with these issues, but I also know that the problems with women, with men, are not limited to sexual harassment and assault.”
Trump’s comments came on the heels of a series of tweets, which he wrote and posted on Wednesday morning, calling for an independent investigation into accusations that Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, a former judge, had an improper relationship with teenage girls and women in his 30s.
“These women should not be victimized and they should be able to seek justice in a fair, transparent, and unbiased manner,” Trump tweeted.
The White House did not immediately respond to NBC News’ request for comment.
Trump has been repeatedly accused of sexual harassment by several women, including three women who say he forcibly kissed them.
A number of Democratic senators are also calling for Moore to step aside in the special election for Alabama’s Senate seat, which is currently held by GOP nominee Doug Jones, who is running in a deeply purple state.
The allegations against Moore came as he campaigned for the Senate seat in a heavily Democratic state that Trump won by more than 3 million votes.
The race has been marked by the sexual misconduct allegations against Roy Moore dating back decades.
The accusations have come after the Senate Ethics Committee announced last week that it would investigate whether the Republican candidate’s actions during his campaign violated Senate rules.
Trump also said that Moore’s “pervasive” behavior should disqualify him from holding office.
“We must stop the Republican Roy Moore,” Trump told the crowd in Las, Nev., a city where he was joined by Vice President Mike Pence.
“He’s doing this because he wants to be the next leader of the free world, and you know what?
He’s doing it because he’s got something to hide, and I think the American people know that.”
Trump is not the only president to weigh in on sexual harassment in the workplace.
The Supreme Court is currently considering a challenge to a California law that requires businesses with more than 100 workers to hire an independent counsel to investigate workplace harassment complaints.
The law was passed in response to a series on harassment by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who was accused of sexually assaulting and harassing women.