Trump Ridicules #MeToo at Pennsylvania Rally: 'I'm Not Allowed to Use That Expression Anymore'

President Donald Trump mocked what he called the “rules of #MeToo” on Wednesday night at rally in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Trump led into his joke about the #MeToo women's rights movement by describing Pennsylvania as being the state that Republican presidential candidates struggled to win—before he won it in 2016. Before Trump, no Republican had taken the state since George H.W. Bush in 1988.

“I would use an expression—you know, there's an expression, but under the rules of #MeToo, I'm not allowed to use that expression anymore,” Trump told the crowd. “I can't do it. It's 'the person that got away.' See, in the old days it was a little different.”

The #MeToo movement campaigns against sexual harassment, exploitation and assault of women by exposing abuses across society. Its most high-profile scalp is the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, accused by multiple actresses of sexual assault.

A supporter in the crowd urged the president, “Do it anyway!"

“He says, 'Do it anyway,'” Trump said, laughing. “I would do it, except for these people up there.”

Trump gestured at the journalists in the room as the crowd booed.

“They would say, 'Did you hear what President Trump said? Did you hear what he said?'

“So there is an expression, but we'll change the expression. Pennsylvania was always the person that got away. That's pretty good, right?”

It is not the first time Trump has mocked the #MeToo movement at a rally.

In July, Trump told supporters in Great Falls, Montana, he wanted to do a DNA test on Senator Elizabeth Warren to see if she has Native American heritage as she has claimed in the past.

Trump said, “We have to do it gently, because we're in the #MeToo generation, so we have to be very gentle.”

The president is himself accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct, though he denies all allegations of wrongdoing.

He was caught on tape behind the scenes of the Access Hollywood show in 2005 boasting about how his fame allowed him to “grab” women “by the pussy.”

“You know, I'm automatically attracted to beautiful [women],” Trump says on the recording. “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. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”

When the recordings were made public during the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump dismissed his comments as “locker-room talk.”

Donald Trump Pennsylvania rally U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Erie Insurance Arena on October 10, 2018 in Erie, Pennsylvania. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

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