After President Trump claimed in a tweet that he had “never met” the women accusing him of sexual abuse, People Magazine published photos that show Trump with his arm around one of the accusers, Natasha Stoynoff.
Despite thousands of hours wasted and many millions of dollars spent, the Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia – so now they are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met. FAKE NEWS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2017
On December 12th, Trump tweeted that the Democrats were trying to bring him down with “false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met.” The tweet came a day after three women accusing Trump of sexual abuse shared their accusations on Megyn Kelly Today. The women, along with several Democratic lawmakers, have called on the president to step down due to the sexual assault and harassment allegations against him. “In an objective setting, without question, a person with this record would have entered the graveyard of political aspirations never to return,” Rachel Crooks, one of the accusers, told reporters. “Yet, here we are with that man as President.”
Mere hours after Trump’s tweeted denial, People Magazine fired back by publishing a photo of Trump with their former correspondent Natasha Stoynoff, who has accused him of sexually harassing her back in 2005. The photo was taken the day that Stoynoff was at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property in 2005 for an interview with him and Melania. Later that day, Stoynoff alleges, Trump pushed her against the wall and forcibly kissed her. “Donald wanted to show me around the mansion,” Stoynoff told reporters. “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.” Trump has consistently denied Stoynoff’s allegations. When confronted with them on the campaign trail last year, he said, “She lies! Look at her, I don’t think so.”
After the incident, Stoynoff called friend Marina Grasic. Grasic says that Stoynoff didn’t initially come forward because of her worries about how the story would affect Melania, who was pregnant at the time. Stoynoff was also “horrified” by the fact that the president had propositioned her in his own home, barely out of earshot of his wife. “She was there in a professional capacity, writing an article about their happy marriage, and after the incident, Trump acted like nothing happened,” Grasic said.
Stoynoff is not the only one of Trump’s accusers with photographic proof that she met him. Of the fifteen women making sexual misconduct allegations against the president, six of them have offered physical evidence of their meeting with him. One of the women, Summer Zervos (below), actually appeared on his show “The Apprentice” in 2007.
After the People photos were published, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed that the President was only “referencing the three individuals that were part of the press conference yesterday.” Trump’s original tweet offered no such qualifications.
In the aftermath of the #MeToo movement, and the resignation of several high-profile political figures accused of sexual misconduct, many wonders why the president has been spared the same kind of backlash. But, even so, Stoynoff is inspired by the movement. “Each person who raises her voice against sexual misconduct today helps lead to its extinction tomorrow,” she told reporters at a recent press conference. “So that one day, the phenomenon of men imposing themselves sexually will be just a bad memory for us and shameful history to our grandchildren.”
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