As CNN’s Jake Tapper recently pointed out, Donald Trump’s view of sexual harassment and/or assault allegations against certain individuals seems to be based on whether or not he views that person as a “friend” or “foe.” In the cases of Harvey Weinstein, Eliot Spitzer, Anthony Weiner, and more recently Senator Al Franken, obviously Trump has plenty of negative things to say about all four men who he views as “enemies” because they’re Democrats.
However, when it came to his friends Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly, two conservatives, Trump defended both men after news broke of their history sexually abusing women, referring to both as “good people.”
Even when it comes to alleged child molester Roy Moore, Trump’s remained mostly silent.
The irony, of course, of Trump saying anything about allegations of sexual assault and/or harassment against someone else is that, not only was he caught on video bragging about being a sexual predator — at least 16 women have accused him of sexual assault and/or harassment.
As most people reading this already know, Trump claims his bragging about “grabbing women by the pu–y” was, according to him, just “locker room talk,” and every woman who’s alleged sexual misconduct against him is a liar.
As I said on Twitter Friday:
The fact that Donald Trump, a self-admitted sexual predator who's been accused by at least 15 women of sexual assault and/or harassment, continues to attack and criticize any Democrats accused of the same things is a testament to how detached his mind is from reality.
— Allen Clifton (@Allen_Clifton) November 17, 2017
That’s fine. If Trump wants to talk about the sexual allegations that have been made by women against their alleged (or in some cases confirmed) attackers, then by all means, let’s discuss that.
Starting with his accusers.
Here’s the list of women put together by The Nation:
Cathy Heller met Trump at a Mother’s Day brunch in 1997. She tells us he forcibly tried to kiss her. “He took my hand, and grabbed me, and went for the lips.”
Jill Harth was getting a tour of Trump’s home in 1993 when, she tells us, he sexually assaulted her in his daughter Ivanka’s bedroom, “pushed me up against the wall, and had his hands all over me and tried to get up my dress again, and I had to physically say: ‘What are you doing? Stop it.’”
Temple Taggart was a 21-year-old competing in the Miss USA pageant in 1997 when she tells us Trump forcibly kissed her. “He kissed me directly on the lips. I thought, ‘Oh my God, gross.’ He was married to Marla Maples at the time. I think there were a few other girls that he kissed on the mouth. I was like ‘Wow, that’s inappropriate.’”
Cassandra Searles, a former Miss Washington, tells us that in 2013 Trump treated the contestants “like cattle” and “continually grabbed my ass and invited me to his hotel room.”
Jessica Leeds sat next to Trump on an airplane in the late 1970s, when she tells us he grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt. “He was like an octopus.” “His hands were everywhere.” “It was an assault.”
Kristin Anderson was at a Manhattan nightclub in the early 1990s when she tells us a man suddenly put his hand up her skirt, touching her genitals. She recognized Trump—someone she had never met. “He just stuck his hand up my skirt.”
Lisa Boyne attended a party in the mid-1990s with Trump, where she tells us he made women walk across a table in front of him. He “stuck his head right underneath their skirts” and commented on their genitals and whether they were wearing underwear.
Karena Virginia encountered Trump at the US Open in 1998 when she tells us Trump approached her at random, made sexual comments about her body, and groped her. “Then his hand touched the right side of my breast. I was in shock. I flinched. ‘Don’t you know who I am? Don’t you know who I am?’—that’s what he said to me.”
Mindy McGillivray was helping photograph a Ray Charles concert at Mar-a-Lago in 2003 when she says she was groped by Trump, “All of a sudden I felt a grab, a little nudge. I think it’s Ken’s camera bag, that was my first instinct. I turn around and there’s Donald. He sort of looked away quickly. I quickly turned back, facing Ray Charles, and I’m stunned.’’
Rachel Crooks was a 22-year-old receptionist in Trump Tower in 2005 when she introduced herself to Trump. She tells us he began kissing her cheeks and “kissed me directly on the mouth.” “It was so inappropriate…. I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that.”
Natasha Stoynoff was interviewing Trump for People magazine in 2005 when, she tells us, he closed the door to a room, with Melania waiting outside, and attacked her. “I turned around, and within seconds he was pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat.”
Jessica Drake encountered Trump at a golf tournament in Lake Tahoe in the mid-2000s. She tells us that he “grabbed” her and two other women and kissed them “without asking permission” and then offered her $10,000 and use of his plane if she would come back to his room.
Ninni Laaksonen, a former Miss Finland, was preparing for a TV appearance in 2006 when she tells us Trump groped her, “He really grabbed my butt.” “I don’t think anybody saw it, but I flinched and thought, ‘What is happening?’”
Samantha Holvey, a former Miss North Carolina, tells us that in 2006 Trump came into the contestants’ dressing room and once had the contestants line up so he could step “in front of each girl and look you over from head to toe like we were just meat, we were just sexual objects, that we were not people.”
Tasha Dixon, a former Miss Arizona, tells us that in 2001 Trump “just came strolling right in” to their dressing room. “There was no second to put a robe on or any sort of clothing or anything. Some girls were topless. Others girls were naked.”
Trump in 2005 bragged to Howard Stern about invading his contestants’ dressing rooms, “You know, they’re standing there with no clothes. And you see these incredible-looking women. And so I sort of get away with things like that.”
Summer Zervos, a contestant on The Apprentice, met with Trump in 2007 about getting a job with the Trump Organization. She tells us he greeted her with an “open-mouthed” kiss and groped her breast. As she attempted to push him off, he “thrusted his genitals” against her.
Yes, that’s the list of the 16 women who’ve accused Trump of either sexual harassment or outright assault and what they said he did to them. That’s a rather extensive list of women, with quite a lot of detail surrounding most of their stories, describing very specific behavior that definitely seems to match the exact type of attitude Trump displayed during the Access Hollywood video where he said:
I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. 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. You can do anything.
Grab ’em by the pu–y. You can do anything.
So when I look at the accounts told by these women that span decades describing Trump doing things to them that seem to match the mindset of a man who — according to his own words — believes that “when you’re a star.. you can do anything,” I’m inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt.
Seeing as I don’t like to jump to conclusions, I usually try to let things play out just a bit, hoping to get more facts to assess the situation, before I ultimately decide how I feel about an issue.
That said, when we start seeing this many people coming forward and publicly alleging sexual misconduct against someone, history tells us that there’s clearly something going on. It’s very… very unlikely that 16 different women would all be lying about Trump sexually assaulting and/or harassing them.
Then let’s not forget that apparently his ex-wife, Ivana Trump, in a court deposition, said he sexually assaulted her in 1989.
There’s also a since dropped lawsuit from a “Jane Doe” who alleged that Trump sexually assaulted her at a party he went to with Jeffrey Epstein when she was 13. The woman said that he threatened her with violence against her and her family if she ever spoke out publicly about what had happened. In my opinion, this allegation didn’t get as much attention because of the vague details that were known about the accuser. She was scheduled to appear for a press conference last year, but didn’t show up, citing threats being made against her even though her identity has never been made public.
So, by all means, since Donald Trump seems to want to selectively discuss certain sexual abuse allegations, let’s do that by starting with the at least 16 different women who’ve accused him of sexual harassment and/or assault — a man who was caught on video bragging about being a sexual predator.
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