BREAKING NEWS: Five women are now accusing Trump of forcibly groping, kissing them
The 2005 video tape that surfaced before the last debate was apparently just the first salvo in a wave of attacks coming at Donald Trump. As we now know, NBC had the tape for months and deliberately waited until right before the debate to release. Also, as Ben Shapiro and I noted on Twitter, a particular question that Anderson Cooper asked sounded VERY suspicious.
This exchange is the set-up. The next week is going to be the punch line. pic.twitter.com/yppE7KHvvL
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) October 10, 2016
Unfortunately, the other shoe has dropped. Yesterday, we heard allegations (that seemed to be corroborated by things Trump said on the Howard Stern show) that he had deliberately walked in on naked teen beauty pageant contestants. Worse yet, the Washington Post is now reporting that FOUR DIFFERENT WOMEN are now accusing Trump of touching them inappropriately.
One of the women alleges that Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt during a flight more than three decades ago, the New York Times reported. Another says he kissed her on the mouth outside an elevator in 2005, according to the same report. A third woman says Trump groped her rear end at his Mar-a-Lago resort 13 years ago, the Palm Beach Post reported. The fourth, then a People magazine reporter, says Trump kissed her without her consent when the two were alone in 2005 right before an interview she was about to conduct with Trump and his wife.
On the one hand, these are all old allegations, it’s difficult to establish the credibility of any particular woman with the limited information we have and none of them have been proven in a court of law. On the other hand, there are multiple allegations that reinforce the damaging narrative from leaked video where Trump said, “I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women]—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab them by the p*ssy. You can do anything”
On top of all that, Rolling Stone has also released a more current allegation.
Also Wednesday, Rolling Stone published a story that included the allegations of Cassandra Searles, Miss Washington 2013. In a comment she appended to a post she had put on Facebook earlier this year suggesting that Trump treated pageant contestants “like cattle,” Searles wrote, “He probably doesn’t want me telling the story about that time he continually grabbed my ass and invited me to his hotel room.” Yahoo covered her post and comment in June.
Unfortunately, given the problems Trump has been having with female voters, this is an extraordinarily damaging story that is likely to dominate the news cycle and drive Trump’s numbers down even further.