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“My husband is real, he’s raw, he tells it as it is.”

Ever since Donald Trump’s hot-mic scandal broke, when he was heard bragging to Access Hollywood then-host Billy Bush that he kisses women without asking permission and gets away with sexually assaulting them because he’s a “star,” his wife, Melania Trump, has kept an even lower public profile than usual.

She initially released a short public statement calling his words “unacceptable and offensive,” and urging people to “focus on the important issues facing our nation and the world,” then fell silent as more and more women came forward with stories of being assaulted by Mr Trump.

Now she’s finally speaking out, in two separate interviews. Yesterday she sat down with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, and today she made an appearance on Fox & Friends.

Unsurprisingly, Ms Trump is standing by her man, calling the sexual assault accusations against him “lies” and dismissing her husband’s words as “boy talk.” Of the hot-mic tape, she told Anderson Cooper, “It was only a mic, and I wonder if they even knew that the mic was on, because they were kind of a boy talk, and he was led on, like egged on, from the host to say dirty and bad stuff.”

When Ms Trump compared the 11-year-old Access Hollywood footage to “kind of two teenage boys,” saying “they should behave better,” Cooper interjected, “He was 59.”

“Correct,” responded Ms Trump, apparently unruffled. “Sometimes I said I have two boys at home, I have my young son and my husband…I know how some men talk.”

Meanwhile that host – Billy Bush – has been fired from his current job as a host of the Today show.

On the subject of the many women coming forward with allegations of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior on Mr Trump’s part, she said the incidents “never happened,” and that the media is trying to hurt her husband’s campaign by “saying lies about me, lies about my family.”

She maintained that she was not surprised when the Access Hollywood footage surfaced, and implied more may be forthcoming. “He was on so many tapes, so many shows, and we knew that, that tapes will come out. But my husband is real, he’s raw, he tells it as it is.”

As to the sort of person he is, Ms Trump told Cooper, “He’s kind, he’s a gentleman. He supports everybody – he supports women, he encourages them to go to the highest level, to achieve their dreams, he employs many many women.”

In case anyone needs reminding, here are 23 things this so-called gentleman has said about women in the past.

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