Let’s not let this reminder from late last week get lost in the Manafort-Gates indictment–Papadopoulos guilty plea news: you can take out everything having to do with Russia and Donald Trump is still a criminal dirtbag. Asked by a reporter if “the official White House position” is that at least 16—sixteen—women are lying about Trump having sexually harassed them, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had a one-line response:
“Yeah, we’ve been clear on that from the beginning, and the president’s spoken on it.”
After the “Access Hollywood” tape, the first two women to come forward were Rachel Crooks and Jessica Leeds, who talked to the Times. Leeds says that Trump groped her on an airplane more than three decades ago; Crooks, who worked in Trump Tower, says that Trump kissed her on the mouth in 2005 in a way that felt like a “violation.” The same day, the Palm Beach Post published Mindy McGillivray’s account of being grabbed by Trump at Mar-a-Lago thirteen years ago, and Natasha Stoynoff, a writer for People, published a disturbing account of being attacked by Trump at Mar-a-Lago in 2005. Two days later, the Washington Post published Kristin Anderson’s account of the time Trump “touched her vagina through her underwear” at a night club in the early nineties, and a former “Apprentice” contestant, Summer Zervos, held a press conference with the civil-rights attorney Gloria Allred, stating that Trump kissed her “aggressively” and touched her breast in a prolonged attack.
There’s more, and a lot of it is the kind of stuff that if someone who was not Donald Trump did it to a woman on a crowded subway car, it could get him arrested and charged. But the White House position is believe the one man with the incredibly well-documented history of lying, not 16 women, several of whom told friends about his assaults at the time they happened.
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