At least five women stepped forward last night to say that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sexually assaulted them, and many more have corroborated stories of him waltzing into dressing rooms where naked women and teenage girls were either nude or partially nude.
In the New York Times, former traveling businesswoman Jessica Leeds and former Trump Tower receptionist Rachel Crooks say Trump assaulted them in 1980 and 2005 respectively.
More than three decades ago, when she was a traveling businesswoman at a paper company, Ms. Leeds said, she sat beside Mr. Trump in the first-class cabin of a flight to New York. They had never met before.
About 45 minutes after takeoff, she recalled, Mr. Trump lifted the armrest and began to touch her.
According to Ms. Leeds, Mr. Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt.
Ms. Crooks was a 22-year-old receptionist at Bayrock Group, a real estate investment and development company in Trump Tower in Manhattan, when she encountered Mr. Trump outside an elevator in the building one morning in 2005.
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.
At People Magazine, writer Natasha Stoynoff says Trump assaulted her while they were waiting for a joint interview at the Mar-a-Lago with his pregnant wife Melania.
Our photo team shot the Trumps on the lush grounds of their Florida estate, and I interviewed them about how happy their first year of marriage had been. When we took a break for the then-very-pregnant Melania to go upstairs and change wardrobe for more photos, Donald wanted to show me around the mansion. There was one “tremendous” room in particular, he said, that I just had to see. […]
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.
Former Miss Washington 2013 Cassandra Searles also also posted on Facebook that Trump treated pageant contestants like “cattle” and “continually” grabbed her ass.
At the Palm Beach Post, Mindy McGillivray says Trump groped her while she was helping a friend hold a concert at the Mar-a-Lago in 2003.
In addition to the above charges of sexual assault, former Miss New Mexico Teen USA 1997 came forward last night to say that Trump routinely walked into their dressing rooms while some girls as young as 15 were undressed.
A fifth Miss Teen USA pageant contestant came forward Wednesday night to say that like four others who have spoken to BuzzFeed News, she recalled Donald Trump entering the group dressing room while teenagers were changing their clothes during the 1997 pageant.
“It was certainly the most inappropriate time to meet us all for the first time,” said Victoria Hughes, the former Miss New Mexico Teen USA, in an email. “The youngest girl was 15, and I was the eldest at 19.”
CBS News release video footage of Trump sexualizing a 10-year-old girl and saying he would be “dating her in 10 years.”
Trump and his surrogates are denying these stories, of course, but there’s a very big problem for Trump.
The problem is we have video footage of him bragging that he kisses and gropes women without their consent. He likes to “grab ’em by the pussy,” he said. He said he “doesn’t even wait” to kiss women.
The victims who’ve come forward are affirming what Trump himself said. He said he likes to assault women.
It should not be forgotten that Trump is due in court in December to face a civil lawsuit for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl.