Poll Context: Ben Carson on Friday defended Donald Trump for accusing former President Bill Clinton of rape earlier this week.
“You have to recognize that there are a lot of young people who are voting that don’t know any of that backstory,” he said, according to The Washington Examiner.
“His thinking is probably that it’s probably good for people to know the full story and not just what is filtered through the media,” added Carson, a former Trump rival who has endorsed the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
Trump on Wednesday mentioned rape when discussing President Clinton’s past allegations of sexual misconduct during an interview on Fox News’s “Hannity.”
“For example, I looked at The New York Times,” host Sean Hannity said. “Are they going to interview Juanita Broaddrick? Are they going to interview Paula Jones? Are they going to interview Kathleen Wiley?
“In one case, it’s about exposure,” he added of the women who have accused Clinton of mistreating them. “In another case, it’s about groping and fondling and touching against a woman’s will.
“And rape,” responded Trump, the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee.
“And rape,” Hannity replied.