Good grief! The Trump sex scandals flood gates have officially opened. Story after story dropped Wednesday night, and it was difficult to keep up. So here they all are, along with the relevant follow-up information.
This all began last week with the release of the hot mic recording between Trump and Billy Bush. Although Trump has tried to excuse this as nothing more than “locker room talk”, most people have not been convinced.
At the debate Sunday, he denied on the record he had ever acted on any of those statements.
The first accusation came in a video from CBS:
In an “Entertainment Tonight” Christmas feature in 1992, Trump looked at a group of young girls and said he would be dating one of them in ten years. At the time, Trump would have been 46 years old.
Next, the Palm Beach Post reported:
McGillivray, 36, said she was groped by Trump at Mar-a-Lago 13 years ago.
She said she had had another encounter with Trump about two years earlier at Mar-a-Lago, when she helped Davidoff photograph a New Year’s Eve party in 2001.
She was walking out of a restroom “and Donald caught me right before I headed downstairs. He goes, ‘It’s a cool evening, isn’t it?’’’ she said, mocking his voice. “He had this debonair tone. He was totally flirting,’’ she said.
Also, The Guardian reported Trump’s court date has been set in the case of a thirteen year old girl whom he is accused, along with Jeffrey Epstein, of raping in 2008.
Next, the New York Times printed a piece in which two women allege Trump harassed and assaulted them.
The first took place on a commercial airline flight.
Later, after their dinner trays were cleared, she said, Mr. Trump raised the armrest, moved toward her and began to grope her. Ms. Leeds said she recoiled. She quickly left the first-class cabin and returned to coach, she said.
The second was a young secretary who worked in the same building, Andrews who was afraid for her job.
Aware that her company did business with Mr. Trump, she turned and introduced herself. They shook hands, but Mr. Trump would not let go, she said. Instead, he began kissing her cheeks. Then, she said, he “kissed me directly on the mouth.”
It didn’t feel like an accident, she said. It felt like a violation.
In another new story, reported by a local NBC affiliate, Miss Washington 2013 wrote on Facebook about her experience in the pageant.
“Do y’all remember that one time we had to do our onstage introductions, but this one guy treated us like cattle and made us do it again because we didn’t look him in the eyes? Do you also remember when he then proceeded to have us lined up so he could get a closer look at his property? Oh I forgot to mention that guy will be in the running to become the next President of the United States.
Do not forget USA Today recently put together a comprehensive list of at least twenty lawsuits in which Trump companies are accused of mistreating women.
Also, Buzzfeed reports that several pageant contestants have alleged Trump came and went backstage, which he bragged about to Howard Stern as well, during various stages of their undress. They were underage at the time.
And a reporter with People Magazine wrote a heart-breaking account of her experience.
We walked into that room alone, and Trump shut the door behind us. I turned around, and within seconds he was pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat.
Two other notable stories that are related include Trump’s advice to Bill Cosby, in which he criticized the actor for not pushing back harder against his accusers, and his defense of Roger Ailes, in which he attacked the women who came forward.
“I can tell you that some of the women that are complaining, I know how much he’s helped them,” he said.
Trump is basically saying that since Ailes had helped these women with their careers, the alleged sexual harassment was okay because it was the price to pay for his help.
And then Trump did what he has done for years—he attacked the female victims as liars: “I can tell you that some of the women that are complaining … “
Trump is denying this latest round of allegations as well, along with plans to sue the New York Times. Good luck with that. The Trump sex scandals will destroy his campaign, and the Republican Party.