Donald Trump says if sexual harassment allegations against Herman Cain are proven false, the presidential hopeful should “bring a major lawsuit against the women” accusers. The real estate mogul also told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Wednesday he doesn’t believe the controversy will derail Cain’s campaign.
Van Susteren asked how well Cain is handling the allegations he sexually harassed women while CEO of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, and did Trump have any advice.
“Well, other than being a little bit late to the gun, I think he’s really done a pretty good job. He was running a company — somebody made a complaint, it would seem — and I think if nothing else comes of it, it’s going to be fine,” Trump said. “But things like this happen. And you know, then the lawyers get involved — and the lawyers want hundreds of thousands of dollars — and you can settle something for peanuts. And maybe that’s what his company did, or maybe that's what the association did.
“I think it’s a very ugly witch hunt and I think it’s very unfair,” he said. “You say: ‘Oh, hello, darling, how are you?’ And you get sued because you’ve destroyed somebody’s life — it’s ridiculous. And unless there’s something that we’re not seeing — meaning you, I, and everybody else — I think it’s a very unfair situation.”
Trump said he also thinks two of the women accusers, who apparently have not signed confidentiality agreements in the case, probably are looking for publicity.
“And frankly, I think that’s not a good situation and I don’t think it’s a fair situation,” he continued. “And I think Herman should take very, very strong action — even if he has to bring a major lawsuit against the women.”
Van Susteren then asked whether the controversy was fatal to Cain’s campaign.
“I don’t think so — if nothing else comes out or if it’s nonsense . . . I think it can almost help,” Trump said. “And he said — I was watching him yesterday on your show, by the way, and he was saying that he’s doing better now fundraising than he’s ever done — that people actually took offense to what’s taking place. So that can happen also — I mean it could be a strange reversal, in a sense.”
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