Joe Biden Says Donald Trump’s Lewd Tape Is ‘the Definition of Sexual Assault’

He's had enough. Vice President Joe Biden bashed Donald Trump and the presidential candidate's 2005 sexist tape during Late Night With Seth Meyers on Wednesday, October 12.

"What did you find more stunning, the use of the language or the fact that there are still people who are defending it for not being what you called it out as?" host Meyers, 42, asked.

"First of all, what I found astounding is that he would so publicly — no matter who he was talking to — that he would acknowledge that he engaged in the textbook definition of sexual assault," Biden replied. "I mean, this is absolutely outrageous behavior. I’ve spent more of my career trying to figure out how to change the culture in this country so that we treat women with respect and with dignity."

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Joe Biden on 'Late Night With Seth Meyers.' Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Last week, the Washington Post released past footage of Trump, 70, and Billy Bush making derogatory and misogynistic remarks about women. The mogul said that because he's a star he could do anything, even grab women "by the p—y."

Trump has received massive criticism in the aftermath. On Sunday, during the second presidential debate, he called his comments just "locker-room" banter. Bush, 45, meanwhile, was suspended from the Today show. As Us Weekly exclusively revealed, his exit from the NBC show is imminent.

Biden, 73, initially reacted to the video via Twitter. "The words are demeaning. Such behavior is an abuse of power. It’s not lewd. It’s sexual assault," he wrote on October 8.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, on Oct. 9, 2016. ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

The VP has been a vocal supporter of sexual assault victims for years. In 1990, he introduced the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to Congress when he was a Delaware senator. He's also taken a role in promoting the campaign It's On Us, which launched in 2014. It pledges to help keep women and men safe from assault. He urged others to join the fight during the Oscars in February.

"The cardinal sin of all is a man raising his hand and taking advantage of women," he told Meyers on Wednesday. "I can’t understand how anyone can justify the abuse of power."

Watch Biden on Late Night With Seth Meyers in the video above.

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