President Donald Trump has been newly credibly accused of rape, and under the weight of the wide-ranging belligerence of his behavior, it’s not a nationally center-stage news story. However, author E. Jean Carroll is still sharing details of her violent encounter with the eventual president, going on CNN this Monday to discuss Trump’s 1990s attack. She previously revealed the incident in a piece published in New York Magazine that also featured accounts of other sexual harassment and attacks she has faced throughout her life.
She told CNN, speaking of Trump:
‘He just went at it. He pulled down my tights and it was a fight. I want women know that I did not stand there, I did not freeze, I was not paralyzed, which is a reaction could have had because it’s so shocking. No, I fought.’
Trump has denied the allegations, asserting that women are being paid off to say “bad things” about him and that those who engage in that alleged behavior should be “careful, because they are playing with very dangerous territory.” So is the president trying to turn the White House into Grand Central Station for the mob or something? Why should they be worried — is that a threat?
Carroll is not the only woman to have alleged sexual misconduct at Trump’s hands. During the campaign season ahead of the 2016 presidential election, more than a dozen other women did so, and Trump has denied their allegations as well — sometimes with vulgar rhetoric reinforcing the perception of his sexism. At one point, he suggested one of his accusers was too ugly to assault — as if that is supposed to be reassuring to anyone anywhere outside the most rabid parts of his base.
To be clear — there is an audio tape of Trump bragging about his supposed freedom to commit the exact behavior that Carroll has accused him of. In one of the perhaps most infamous moments towards the end of the 2016 campaign season, a tape surfaced from a Trump visit to Access Hollywood, where he bragged about his supposed freedom to force himself on women because of his social status. Trump said the commentary was just “locker room talk” — but who are we supposed to believe, the guy who has lied in public more than 10,000 times in the last little over two years or the numerous women alleging he assaulted them like he himself described on a previously private tape?
In the face of what he claims are false tides of sexual misconduct allegations, Trump has previously claimed that it’s a “very scary time for young men in America,” but reality tells a much different story. RAINN shares that an estimated “1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime,” and those numbers aren’t new. The organization adds that “only 5 out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison” — and some, apparently, will become president of the United States. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has said that the New York Police Department will investigate the story Carroll has shared in the event they receive a formal criminal complaint, which she has said she is considering.
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