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RELEASE: Bera Calls on Scott Jones to Withdraw Support for Trump in Response to Lewd, Predatory Comments Against Women

ELK GROVE, CA - Dr. Ami Bera today called on Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones to withdraw his support for Donald Trump after a tape of Trump’s sexually lewd and predatory comments againist women was published by the Washington Post.

Jones is supporting Trump, who in the 2005 tape brags about non-consensual kissing, attempting to have intercourse with a married woman, and taking advantage of his high profile to seduce women, including the remark “Grab them by the p---y…you can do anything.” 

Jones re-affirmed his “willingness to vote for Donald Trump” as recently as Thursday, October 6th in an interview with Capital Public Radio.

“I’m appalled at these predatory comments against women, and I call on Scott Jones to immediately renounce his support for Donald Trump,” said Rep. Ami Bera. “Despite Scott Jones’ own pattern of disrespect toward women, I hope he’ll stand up and speak out against Trump in response to these comments.”

In the tape, Trump also brags about kissing women without consent: 

“You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”

“And when you’re a star, they let you do it,” Trump says. “You can do anything.”

The revelations about Trump date back to 2005, the same period in which Jones is accused of sexually harassing a twenty-six-year-old female deputy who worked under him, taking advantage of his position as her superior. The female deputy testified under oath that Jones harassed her "approximately thirty times," and made unwanted sexual advances that included fondling her under the shirt and below the waist. 

The Bee reported that while under oath, the deputy alleged that in the jail’s law library Jones “abused his position as her informal supervisor to grope, kiss and make other unwelcome sexual advances.”

And under Jones’ watch, Sacramento County taxpayers were stuck with a $10 million bill after four female deputies successfully sued the county. A jury found the women faced retaliation after they raised claims of gender discrimination and preferential treatment.