In response to the latest allegation that he engaged in a sexual assault, Donald Trump’s first line of defense is to claim that the victim is not his kind of woman — he doesn’t deny that he is this kind of man.
In reference to E. Jean Carroll, Trump says: “Number one, she’s not my type,” but he leaves open the possibility that any woman who is his type, might be the type of woman he would consider raping if she rejected his sexual advances.
Likewise, in refuting the allegations, his second line of defense is historical inaccuracy: “Number two, it never happened,” rather than asserting he would never act in such a way.
One could argue that it would be pointless for Trump to flatly assert that he is not a rapist, since it is a universally known and irrefutable fact that Trump is a liar.
But since we all know he’s a liar, whenever he says, “it never happened,” there’s all the more reason to suspect it did happen.
“I love that I’m not his type,” Carroll said in an interview on CNN, responding to Trump’s comments shortly after they were published.
She pointed out that Trump has denied all the accusations from women who have accused him of sexual misconduct.
“He denies, he turns it around, he threatens and he attacks,” Carroll said.
Carroll’s account of the alleged incident was detailed in an excerpt of her forthcoming book published Friday afternoon in New York Magazine. The excerpt included a photo that identified Carroll, Trump, his then-wife, Ivana Trump, and Carroll’s then-husband, John Johnson, attending the same party around 1987.
Trump dismissed the photo on Saturday, telling reporters, “Standing with my coat on in a line — give me a break — with my back to the camera. I have no idea who she is.”
Carroll, a longtime advice columnist for Elle magazine, alleged in her book that she ran into Trump at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City during fall 1995 or spring 1996. The two recognized each other and Trump asked her for advice on purchasing a gift for a woman, according to Carroll.
After she suggested buying a handbag or a hat, Carroll claimed that Trump turned his attention to lingerie. The two joked that the other should try the clothing on before they eventually made their way to the dressing room, she said in her account.
Once inside, Trump allegedly lunged at her, pushed her against a wall and kissed her before pulling down her tights and raping her. Carroll wrote that she fought Trump off and then ran out of the dressing room. She said the alleged incident lasted no more than three minutes.
Explaining why she didn’t come forward until now, Carroll wrote about the retribution and dismissal she expected to receive and called herself “a coward.”
She has said in interviews following the publication of her account that she does not plan to file a criminal complaint over the incident. [Continue reading…]
I 100% believe Trump is a rapist—but in fairness it's only because I've looked at the evidence, am intimately familiar with rape and sexual assault cases from my prior work as a criminal defense attorney, and have watched Trump tick every consciousness-of-guilt box for four years https://t.co/mF6B26yGvt
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) June 22, 2019