There are so many Donald Trump allegations in the world, it is probably impossible to keep track of them all. He has been accused for sexual misconduct by numerous women, and an audio recording reveals Trump’s opinion on “beautiful women.” There are talks of Trump’s impeachment going on, so let us take a stroll down memory lane.
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Trump’s recent demand to meet his accusers triggered a severe backfire. In response, Karine Jean-Pierre, Chief Public Affairs Officer for the liberal group MoveOn, tweeted a fancy list of accusers of sexual misconduct – including Jessica Leeds, Kristin Anderson, Summer Zervos, and many more.
Most of them went public only after the release of the Hollywood tape by the Washington Post, in which Trump was heard bragging, “You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful women — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. When you’re a star, they let you do it. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”
Trump did apologize saying, “Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am.” Yes, he had boasted about kissing women without permission and grabbing their genitals. But he had never actually done those things, he said. “No,” he declared under questioning on Sunday evening, “I have not.” And this statement enraged the dying fire.
Here is the story of a few of them who showed courage, coming forward and telling their stories of sexual misconduct, despite Donald Trump intimidating them.
All of those liars will be sued after elections are over.Donald Trump
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Jessica Leeds, 38 at that time
When Donald Trump denounced all allegations, she felt he was lying to her face. “I wanted to punch the screen,” she said to the New York Times.
She recalls that more than 30 years ago, she met Mr. Trump in a flight to New York for the first time. After takeoff, Mr. Trump lifted the armrest and began to touch her, grabbed her breasts, and attempted to slip his hand in her skirt.
“He was like an octopus, and his hands were everywhere,” she said. She did not complain to the airline because such misbehavior from men occurred throughout her business life since the 70s and 80s.
The 22-year-old receptionist at Bayrock Group encountered Mr. Trump outside an elevator in the Trump tower in 2005. She recalls that she introduced herself, they shook hands, but Mr. Trump would not let go. Instead, he began kissing her.
He kissed me directly on the mouth.Ms. Crooks
“I was upset that it had happened to other people, but also took some comfort in knowing I wasn’t the only one he had done it to,” said Ms. Crooks to The Times.
Ms. Crooks and Ms. Leeds never reported anything and decided to come forward only when the tape was leaked, many years later. Both said they supported Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president.
In December 2005 Stoynoff, “I traveled to Mar-a-Lago to interview the couple for a first-wedding-anniversary. When we took a break for Melania to change, Donald wanted to show me the mansion. There was one ‘tremendous’ room, in particular, he said I just had to see. We walked into that room alone, and Trump shut the door behind us, and within seconds, he was pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat. I was stunned. And I was grateful when Trump’s longtime butler burst into the room a minute later, as I tried to unpin myself.”
She never mentioned how the butler came inside, or whether he saw anything.
Zervos says she reached Trump in 2007 for career advice and possibly a job. He invited her to his office at Trump Tower, where he kissed her on the lips twice, which she after consulting her loved ones concluded that “it was undoubtedly some form of greeting and I should not take it anything other than that,” she said in the conference.
Soon after, she agreed to have dinner with him at the Beverly Hills Hotel. On arrival, his security guard took her to a bungalow, where Trump allegedly assaulted her, touched her breast and pressed his genitals against her.” I wondered if the sexual behavior was some kind of test and whether or not I had passed,” she said.
“Even though Mr. Trump had sexually harassed me, I still wanted to get a job in the Trump Organization.” She called Trump for a salary hike as well, which he eventually denied and asked her to contact him through his office only.
Zervos, instead of suing him for sexual assault, is appealing for calling her a liar when he challenged her allegation, saying, “I never met her at a hotel or greeted her inappropriately a decade ago.”
She says Trump’s statements were “painful and demoralizing,” and her restaurant lost customers due to it.
Zervos supports the Republicans, but she always complimented Trump during his campaign. In private, she claimed that she sent him an email expressing her feelings.
“I wrote his assistant an email on April 21, 2016, asking her to send my email directly to Mr. Trump. In that email, I stated, ‘Your interest in me as a potential employee meant the world to me. Your interest in me as anything more blew my mind, and I lost my footing.’ I further said, ‘I have been incredibly hurt by our previous interaction.’ I ended by stating, ‘I hope to hear from you and wish you continued success.'”
Mr. Trump did not reply to that. Zervos said, “I want to be able to sleep, when I’m 70, at night,” as an expected outcome of going public.
In response to the press conference, the Trump campaign retaliated by releasing a statement from her cousin, which reads, “I am completely shocked and bewildered by my cousin, Summer Zervos, and her press conference today.”
“Ever since she was on The Apprentice, she has had nothing but glowing things to say about Mr. Trump. She also converted her friends and family to become Trump supporters. I can only imagine that Summer’s actions today are nothing more than an attempt to regain the spotlight at Mr. Trump’s expense, and I don’t think it reflects well.”
The Trump campaign also released an email from Zervos to Trump’s secretary dated April 14, 2016, which reads, “Mr. Trump has a great deal of support in Huntington Beach, Ca! He has witnessed both my highs and lows operating a small business, and I am pleased to report business is good. I would greatly appreciate reconnecting at this time. He will know my intentions are genuine.”
Just like others, she never clarified why she came forward now and why hasn’t she has filed any complaint for harassment.
E. Jean Carroll
Jean Carrol has undoubtedly been at the position of privilege in terms of getting attention, and especially when it comes to raising her voice against injustice done against her. Despite being subjected to perhaps the most humiliating and shameful situation throughout her life, (as she defines it in her essay “My List of Hideous Men”) she devised a unique method of getting justice i.e., writing a book instead. Here are a few of the lines that correspond to her encounter with Donald Trump.
“I started it in October 2017, the day Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey published their Harvey Weinstein bombshells in the New York Times. As the riotous, sickening stories of #MeToo surged across the country, I, like many women, could not help but be reminded of certain men in my own life.”
“After almost two years of drawing and redrawing my list, it turns out, a hideous man marks practically every stage of my life.”
Speaking of Donald Trump, she feels “I run the risk of making him more popular by revealing what he did.”
At the time she is talking about, she was 52 and Trump nearly the same, says she, and this is what all happened at her encounter with him.
“This is gonna be hilarious, I’m saying to myself — and as I write this, I am staggered by my stupidity. As we head to the dressing rooms, I’m laughing aloud and saying in my mind: I’m going to make him put this thing (lingerie) on over his pants.
They both walked in the changing room where Trump raped her, she claims. She further hopes that the changing room camera must have captured it as New York laws at that time didn’t prohibit security cameras in changing rooms, but the department store says otherwise.
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