Three of the women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual assault appeared in a press conference on Monday to detail how the president abused his power with each one of them in his years before being elected to the highest office in the land. At a time when Trump taunts people like Al Franken, who resigned from the Senate after being accused of sexual harassment and sexual assault, the victims want to know why their abuser still sits in the White House.
The press conference began with a video of each of Trump’s many accusers telling their stories. From unwanted kissing to groping women’s genitals, the accusations against the president are both disgusting and alarming considering his current position representing women all over the country.
Their stories ranged from more than 30 years ago to the time since Trump married his current wife, Melania Trump. Jessica Leads, who calls herself “the senior member” of Trump’s accusers, said that Trump groped her on a plane many years ago when she worked as a traveling sales rep. She described how she contacted The New York Times during Trump’s run for the presidency in disgust at seeing the Access Hollywood tape where he bragged about doing the things to other women that he had done to her.
Leads also detailed an account from three years after Trump’s attack in which she encountered him at a New York fashion event. Trump remembered her saying, “I remember you, you’re the woman from the airplane,” except Leads said he did not used another word before “woman” and his words “absolutely cleared the room.” When Leads realized that Trump was serious about running for the presidency, she felt compelled to tell her story. When the “grab ’em by the p*ssy” tapes were revealed, Leads said she was “infuriated” and contacted the editor at NYT.
Samantha Holvey, who was a Miss USA contender in 2006 during Trump’s involvement with the pageant,
‘If they were willing to investigate Sen. Franken, I think it’s only fair that they do the same with President Trump.’
Rachel Crooks answered a question from a Fox News reporter about what she hoped to accomplish with the news conference and whether or not she intended to sue Trump as other accusers have.
‘What am I going to sue him for, being creepy?’
Crooks called Trump’s support of Roy Moore “absolutely disgusting,” and answered whether or not she thinks Trump should resign in the light of all of the accusations against him that she thinks “he should’ve never been elected,” and that she does not expect him to resign. Holvey said that “nothing about Trump surprises me anymore.” Leads agreed, saying “he has no moral compass” but believes he will at some point be “forced to resign.”
‘It’s important enough to me to bring this up and hope that we can get some sort of change in our culture that will improve the situation going forward.”
The women did agree that an investigation by Congress was the best that they could hope for, and called for that investigation to happen immediately.
See the full video of the press conference below.
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