More Problems For Trump
As more and more alleged instances of sexual assault roll in regarding Donald Trump, the candidate seems to floundering more and more. Several more women have come forward with statements that Trump assaulted them, including one who said she was groped on a plane while sitting beside Trump in first class, one who was kissed in the elevator at Trump Tower in New York and a People Magazine reporter who went to interview Trump in 2005, and was apparently pushed up against a wall, kissed and told that the two of them were going to have an affair. Ironically, the piece the reporter was writing was about Trump and Melania’s first wedding anniversary.
Trump has said the new claims are “preposterous” and a Democrat-led attack. He also claims he never met the women who are making the accusations: “Instead of the issues, they’ve slandered and libeled me with wild accusations. I never met these people. I don’t even know who they are.” In response to the People Magazine reporter, Trump also implied that she wasn’t physically attractive enough for him to behave that way toward her, something which he’s received additional heat for. His actual words were “Look at her — look at her words. I don’t think so.” Many are turning that into him saying that she was too unattractive to assault, which isn’t going well with feminist groups. Another spokesperson additionally said that the alleged assault taking place on the plane was impossible, due to the way that first-class seats were built during the time period the assault was claimed to take place. However, after this statement, photos surfaced contradicting this.
Yesterday, Michelle Obama spoke out against Trump, which some believe may be the nail in the proverbial coffin. She said, “To dismiss this as everyday locker room talk is an insult to decent men everywhere. The men that you and I know don’t treat women this way. They are loving fathers who are sickened by the thought of their daughters being exposed to this kind of vicious language about women.” She also said she couldn't believe that “a candidate for president of the United States has bragged about sexually assaulting women.”
The New York Times is also standing defiantly in the face of Trump threats. The publication produced an article, “Two Women Say Donald Trump Touched Them Inappropriately,” and Trump’s team sent them a demand for a retraction and also threatened a lawsuit. Trump tweeted, “The phony story in the failing @nytimes is a TOTAL FABRICATION. Written by the same people as last discredited story on women. WATCH!” However, a lawyer for the New York Times had a stinging reply.
“The essence of a libel claim, of course, is the protection of one’s reputation,” said David McCraw. “Mr. Trump has bragged about his non-consensual sexual touching of women. He has bragged about intruding on beauty pageant contestants in their dressing rooms. He acquiesced to a radio hosts’ request to discuss Mr. Trump’s own daughter as a ‘piece of ass.’ Multiple women not mentioned in our article have publicly come forward to report on Mr. Trump’s unwanted advanced. Nothing in our article has the slightest effect on the reputation that Mr. Trump, through his own words and actions, has already created for himself.” He added, that if Trump “believes that American citizens had no right to hear what these women had to say and that the law of this country forces us and those who would dare to criticize him to stand silent or be punished, we welcome the opportunity to have a court set him straight.”
As of yesterday, in the critical state of Pennsylvania, Clinton was leading Trump by nine points in a Bloomberg poll of the suburbs of Philadelphia. The poll also showed that more than 80 percent of registered voters are bothered by the 2005 video which surfaced of Trump last week. Statewide, about 60 percent of voters are bothered by the video, which includes 24 percent of self-identifying Trump supporters. Obviously, more women are bothered than men, with 69 percent of women disliking the statements, compared to 51 percent of men. The poll also asked Pennsylvania residents how they felt about Trump’s possible federal tax evasion, with voters split about half and half, with some saying it’s fine because it was technically legal.