06:56 GMT18 May 2021
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    Social media is awash with commentary after the official confirmation that US President George H.W. Bush engaged in patting multiple women on their backside in what he claimed was a "good-natured manner."

    Bush, who served as America's 41st president between 1989 and 1993, released an official statement Wednesday apologizing for having "patted women's rears" in what was "intended to be a good-natured manner." The statement followed claims by actress Heather Lind, who accused Bush Senior of touching her repeatedly on her rear end and telling her a dirty joke at a promotional event in 2014.

    ​A second woman, Jordana Grolnick, a New York theater actress, has come forward with a similar story, telling the online news website Deadspin that Bush groped her on the behind during a group photo while joking that his favorite magician was "David Cop-a-Feel."

    ​Others, meanwhile, tried to add some levity to the disturbing news by making below-the-belt jokes.

    ​Some users tried to turn the story into a case of what-about-ism, recalling the Bill Clinton sex scandal from the 1990s. Others still pointed out that President Donald Trump too seems to have some sort of immunity to such scandals.

    ​WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange slammed the media for focusing on Bush Senior's sexual indiscretions, instead of what Assange described as war crimes in Iraq committed "on the back of fake news." Assange's views were echoed by others.

    ​Some users said that the claims reveal a much deeper problem facing the US political elite, which seems to give people in high office, Republican or Democrat, a pass when it comes to sexual indiscretions.

    ​Finally, a few users launched a bizarre defense of the former president, asking the media to leave him alone and suggesting that this scandal has been blown out of proportion.

    Sexual Misconduct, sexual assault, scandal, George H.W. Bush, US
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