While Donald Trump probably ranks first on the average woman’s most-hated list, E. Jean Carroll places him at twentieth on hers. The advice columnist details her alleged experience with Trump, as well as other atrocious men, in an excerpt from her book, What Do We Need Men For? Her account of the incident entitled “Hideous Men” is graphic and heartbreaking, his behavior accurate to his self-admitted “grabbing” tendencies.
She describes the assault as a run-in with a real-estate tycoon turned violent aggressor. She claims the situation progressed from him asking for assistance while gift shopping for a mystery woman to her being forced into a dressing room to try on lingerie at his command. Her allegations are not the first of this nature. Carroll’s is one of many credible accusations against the president, one of the most prominent accusers being ex-wife Ivana Trump. Carroll is the twenty-second woman to publicly come forward.
Carroll acknowledges the negative aspects of publicizing her story that initially made her falter, writing, “The man I will be talking about denies it, as he has denied accusations of sexual misconduct made by at least 15 credible women… I run the risk of making him more popular by revealing what he did.” Within hours of the story breaking, her skepticism was justified.
NEW: President Trump responds to sexual assault allegations by E. Jean Carroll, saying `I've never met this person in my life' pic.twitter.com/qAyFStIYzq
— Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) June 21, 2019
Donald Trump released a press statement regarding her claims, deeming her words a work of fiction i.e. an attention seeking promotion method. His statement is degrading and directly challenges her accusation, stating that the events cannot be confirmed because they never happened.
Another claim he makes in his statement is that he’s never met “that person” in his life. While this is another defense tactic Carroll mentioned that he would use, it is also a lie. A picture included in her article clearly shows Trump and Carroll having a conversation at a party, laughing and smiling side-by-side. Not only does this make his statement less credible, but it proves that he will dismiss facts backed by photo evidence.
President Trump: “I’ve never met this person in my life.”
Photo caption: “Carroll, Donald and Ivana Trump, and Carrolls’s then-husband… at an NBC party around 1987.” pic.twitter.com/pjVswgedba
— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) June 21, 2019
How can we trust him to tell the truth about anything if he denies meeting a woman he is pictured conversing with? How can we trust a man who has an ongoing list of sexual assault allegations to run our country? How can we be expected to trust Trump when we clearly cannot?
He has even incriminated himself. In a conversation with Billy Bush he deemed “locker room talk,” he point-blank admits to groping young women and enjoying it, claiming to “grab ‘em by the p***y.” The sexual assault he bragged about sounds identical to the description Carroll gives of her assault. The groping in the fitting room is the same groping from the locker room.
While many are quick to defend Trump and drag Carroll through the mud, we must recognize that he has told a blatant lie (among many others) and should not be able to get away with it. He has not only proved that he is lying in this situation but lying constantly and compulsively, as well. This is no longer just political or biased. This is vile and criminal. Lying in such a critical situation is not something an innocent person tends to do.
We have elected a leader we can no longer trust and should have never trusted in the first place. We have allowed bias to cloud our judgement, voting for him because he’s careless and radical (traits we should definitely have in an executive leader). What his supporters fail to recognize is that he is not just radical politically, but in his conduct too. Donald Trump is rarely honest, but disgustingly honest when he is. He will admit to groping women, but won’t admit to shaking the hand of someone he allegedly raped. Because of this, we cannot trust our president, in this situation or any.
Featured image via E. Jean Carroll