Lindsey Graham comes to Trump’s defense over rape allegations

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsay Graham weighed in on the rape allegations made against President Donald Trump by columnist E. Jean Carroll, saying that the president “denied it and that’s all I needed to hear,” according to The Hill.

New York Times congressional correspondent Nicholas Fandos reported Graham’s response via Twitter:

“Senator Lindsey Graham, R of SC, on the latest rape allegation against President Trump: “The president has denied it. I have no reason to .— you know, no. He’s denied it and that’s all I needed to hear.”

Additionally, Igor Bomic, Politics reporter at the Huffington Post included Graham’s response in his reporting of the reactions from politicians on the news of the rape allegation:

“The president’s firmly denied it. That’s the end of it for me unless she shows something new,” Graham says when asked about E. Jean Carroll’s rape allegation against Trump.

The president said on Monday that Carroll was “totally lying” when she accused him of raping her while in a New York department store in the mid-1990s.

Carroll amped up her narrative when she appeared on CNN’s “New Day” on Monday, telling host Alisyn Camerota that the increase in negative attention has prompted her to stay off the Internet since the release of her statement, but that she is receiving support from those closest to her.

“I am not looking at death threats. The reason I appear to be a happy woman is because I’m not reading this stuff,” she told CNN’s, Alisyn Camerota.

In her book, “What Do We Need Men For?: A Modest Proposal,” Carroll described an alleged incident where Trump “sexually assaulted her in the dressing room of a Bergdorf Goodman department store,” according to The Hill.

The president claims never to have met Carroll, despite being pictured with her at one time in New York Magazine but has maintained that the story was fabricated to sell books.

Carrol said that she did not make the incident up and that it’s not politically motivated saying that she “can’t name you the candidates who are running right now,” but said she was “fed up” with Trump, which is why she told this story almost 25 years later.

“He denies it, he turns it around, he attacks, he threatens, and then the next woman comes along. I am sick of it,” she added, in other women who have accused Trump of sexual assault. “It’s the only way to change things, we have to hold him accountable.”