Former first lady Laura Bush dismissed groping allegations against her father-in-law, former President George H.W. Bush, saying that it was “sad” that women would complain about something so “innocent.” Actresses Heather Lind and Jordana Grolnick, former Republican state Senate candidate Amanda Staples, and author Christina Baker Cline have all accused the former president of groping them during photo ops.
Speaking to CNN’s Brooke Baldwin at the Afghan embassy in Washington, D.C., alongside Afghanistan’s first lady H.E. Rula Ghani, with whom Laura Bush co-authored an op-ed in USA Today calling for support of female Afghan business owners, Bush said that she knew George H.W. Bush “would never hurt anybody.”
“I’m just sad that we’ve come to this,” she said. “That was something that was very, very innocent that he’s been accused of. But I know he would feel terrible.”
A Bush spokesman had previously claimed that because the former president is in a wheelchair, “his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures,” while acknowledging that “on occasion, he has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner.” Leaving aside whether being in a wheelchair had somehow forced Bush to touch women’s butts, Staples had noted that Bush had groped her in 2006, before he was wheelchair bound, adding that she could “only imagine how many women have had their butt grabbed in a photo op.”
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