Trump Digs In: 'Well, Somebody's Doing the Raping'

Defends his comments in a CNN interview
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2015 2:36 AM CDT
Updated Jul 2, 2015 7:07 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Donald Trump has been dumped by Macy's, NBC, and a Mexican billionaire, among others over his assertion that rapists and criminals are pouring into the US from Mexico—but he's certainly not backing down. In an interview with CNN's Don Lemon last night, he cited a September article in Fusion as a source of some of the stats he's been referring to in recent days. The article claims that a "staggering" 80% of Central American women who head to the US via Mexico are raped. "So all I'm doing is telling the truth," Trump said. But Lemon challenged him, saying the Fusion stat is about rape victims, not rapists entering America. Trump's reply: "Well, somebody's doing the raping, Don! I mean somebody's doing it! Who's doing the raping? Who's doing the raping?"

More bad news: Should Trump stay in one of his hotels, he may find his own credit cards have turned against him. The Trump Hotel Collection, a chain of luxury hotels located mostly in the US, has been hit by an alleged credit-card breach, reports Mashable. According to Krebs on Security, several banks have linked fraudulent credit and debit card charges to accounts used at Trump hotels."Like virtually every other company these days, we have been alerted to potential suspicious credit-card activity and are in the midst of a thorough investigation," Trump Organization exec Eric Trump said in a statement to CNBC. Unlike other Trump woes, the hacking appears to be unconnected to his presidential campaign or remarks about Mexican immigrants: The suspicious activity goes back to at least February, Krebs' sources say.

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