A Florida man accused of groping a woman on a Southwest Airlines flight told FBI agents after his arrest that President Trump said “it’s okay” to grope women.
On Sunday, 49-year-old Bruce Michael Alexander from Tampa, Florida, was taken into FBI custody and charged with abusive sexual contact after groping a female passenger during a flight from Houston to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
According to a criminal complaint, while in custody, Alexander told FBI agents the “President of the United States says it’s OK to grab women by their private parts.”
A woman on a Southwest Airlines flight says a man behind her touched her “no less than three times.” He reportedly told authorities that the “president of the United States says it's OK.” https://t.co/yMyAI9HRDY
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) October 23, 2018
According to the complaint, the female passenger, identified only as C.W., said Alexander, who was sitting behind her, grabbed the right side of her breast around her “bra line.”
About 15 minutes into the flight, she had fallen asleep. When she first saw the man’s hand by her side, she assumed it was an accident but, 30 minutes later, he grabbed the back of her arm and then “attentively” groped her right side again. The woman confronted Alexander, saying she “didn’t know why he thought it was OK and he needed to stop.” She brought it to the attention of the Southwest Airlines crew and asked to moved to a different seat.
Alexander was arrested when the plane landed in Albuquerque. While under arrest, Alexander asked what he was being charged with and later commented that the “President of the United States says it’s OK to grab women by their private parts.”
Alexander’s might be the first known case of the “Trump defense.”
Many were not sure what to think, but plenty knew exactly how they would handle the situation.
— JReid's Side Eye (@SylviaM08) October 23, 2018
Looord help me if I were on that plane… This woman has the self control of a saint pic.twitter.com/95hjAZ4XAa
— Tiffany Davidson (@TJE_Davidson) October 23, 2018
— Elizabeth (@elugorivera) October 23, 2018
While some were left speechless by Alexander’s “defense,” others had seen it coming.
*INHALES DEEPLY, EXHALES DEEPLY* pic.twitter.com/xJ4ec3EUdb
— Rick Colver (@Agent_SEPTEMBER) October 23, 2018
Well! What the hell did we expect?? Of course some guy would eventually use that excuse to do his dirty work. After all, what's good for the goose is good for the gander, right?? Right??? We all deserve it for not standing up when the trumpster first said it!!
— Prairie Girl (@foxhollowfarms2) October 23, 2018
I'm actually surprised it's taken THIS long for some guy to use this excuse.
— ResistForHeather (@PrincessMoonbat) October 23, 2018
Despite how repulsive it was, people realized the “Trump defense” technically wasn’t wrong.
I mean is he wrong
— Nicole (@nihkohl) October 23, 2018
Can’t argue with his excuse…..trump did condone this behavior!!
— Portisaa (@portisaa) October 23, 2018
He's right. Doesn't excuse the behavior, but he's right.
— Brian (@bridoc) October 23, 2018
If found guilty, Alexander could face up to two years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
In light of the administration’s recent stance on sexual misconduct, Alexander might have a future in D.C.
Behold our next SCOTUS pick.
— georgina (@Victoriantaddeo) October 23, 2018