At least twelve women have come forward with accusations that President Donald Trump once kissed or touched them in a sexual manner without consent while others have alleged he walked in on them while they were changing during beauty pageants. These aren’t allegations to take lightly, especially given the fact Trump once said that because he was famous he felt he could grab women by their genitals. “You can do anything,” he told then Access Hollywood co-host Billy Bush in a now notorious clip.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders today maintained, however, that it is “official White House position” that each and every one of these women is a liar.
“Is the official White House position that all of these women are lying?” CBS News correspondent Jacqueline Alemany asked Huckabee Sanders at a press conference.
“Yeah, we’ve been clear on that from the beginning, and the president’s spoken on it,” replied the press secretary.
Almost all of the women who have accused Trump have told similar tales. They claim he has a habit of groping women without consent or grabbing them and then forcibly kissing them.
“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,” journalist Natasha Stoynoff said of her 2005 encounter with Trump when she was interviewing him for People magazine. “I was stunned. And I was grateful when Trump’s longtime butler burst into the room a minute later, as I tried to unpin myself.”
“You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful…I just start kissing them,” Trump himself said on that infamous Access Hollywood tape. “It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it.”
As if it needs further breaking down: The President is on record saying he starts kissing and grabbing women without warning. Several women have said he’s done exactly that to them.
Still, Huckabee Sanders affirms that the White House maintains they’re all lying, even in the midst of a national conversation about sexual harassment and abuse carried out by men in power following several accounts of film mogul Harvey Weinstein’s decades of alleged misdeeds.
Not that we should expect much else from the Trump White House. Almost anything that doesn’t sync up with Trump’s own particular narrative is dismissed as lies and “fake news.” Trump’s response to the allegation has been even more dismissive than that of many other powerful men who have been recently accused. One would think that perhaps given the situation and climate, someone in the White House might want to be a bit more sensitive than just affirming that “women are lying.”
The White House’s response to the numerous sexual assault and harassment scandals breaking across multiple industries has also been lacking, though Trump did say that he knew Weinstein for years and that “I’m not at all surprised to see it.” The president offered no words of support or sympathy for Weinstein’s accusers.
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