After the New York Times interview article with two women who claimed Donald Trump sexually harassed them, Donald Trump and his campaign responded to these accusations by filing a libel lawsuit against the New York paper and issuing a statement. Trump fiercely denied the accusations and demanded the New York Times print a retraction and issue an apology. The metropolitan newspaper is standing by its article and reporters.At a campaign stop in Florida, Trump stated, “These claims are all fabricated. They’re pure fiction and they’re outright lies. These events never, ever happened, and the people that said them, meekly, fully understand.”
The Washington Times reports:
His campaign hinted at massive retaliation against Mrs. Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, who has faced his own accusations of sexual assault and rape and was impeached during his second term in the White House.
Among the new accusations are those from two women who talked with The New York Times and a People magazine reporter who wrote about a 2005 incident in which she says Mr. Trump forced himself on her at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, with his wife Melania, then pregnant, nearby.
The People reporter, Natasha Stoynoff, wrote Wednesday that she blamed herself and doubted her recollection at the time, saying she was afraid a powerful, wealthy man would “discredit and destroy” her.
Another woman, Mindy McGillivray, told The Palm Beach Post she was groped by Mr. Trump at Mar-a-Lago 13 years ago, and that she yelled “You liar!” at the TV screen while watching Sunday’s debate. Mr. Trump’s team also flatly denied Ms. McGillivray’s account.
Mr. Trump questioned why the women were coming forward now. He said given his celebrity status as host of the hit reality TV show “The Apprentice” in 2005, the reporter whose accusations date to then would have gotten attention if she had made them public at the time.
“It would have been one of the biggest stories of the year. Think of it,” he said. “And by the way, the area was a public area — people all over the place. Take a look. You take a look. Look at her; look at her words — you tell me what you think. I don’t think so.”
Yesterday’s article questioned the timing of these women’s accusations as well as why these women did not report the incidents to the appropriate authorities. Leeds stated it was the time’s prevailing attitude that it was the woman’s fault and she accepted it for years. Moreover, Leeds admitted she wasn’t too upset with Trump supposedly fondling her breast, but going below the belt was intolerable. Crooks stated she was fearful of retribution from Trump. Now, Stoynoff, a reporter for People magazine, expressed fear Trump would “discredit and destroy” her.
These two women were fearful then, but not now? What has changed so dramatically that has removed this fear from these women to come forward now? Trump is still a millionaire/billionaire. Trump is still a powerful man. Trump can still enact retribution upon them through discrediting and shaming. So, what has changed to remove the fear?
As has been repeatedly stated, these women deserve to be believed until proven otherwise. Yes, there are problems with some portions of the stories. But, memories fade after so many years, details can become fuzzy, and timelines can be mixed up. And, Trump has every right to defend himself. There is no excuse for sexual harassment of women and Trump should be ashamed for engaging in any behavior or words that are disparaging to women.
New York Times lawyer, David McCraw, issued a statement practically daring Trump to sue.
“The essence of a libel claim, of course, is the protection of one’s reputation. 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,” the lawyer wrote. “Nothing in our article has had the slightest effect on the reputation that Mr. Trump, through his own words and actions, has already created for himself.”
Mr. McCraw also defended the newsworthiness of the reports, saying the journalists “diligently worked to confirm the women’s accounts” and saying voters deserved to know.
Mr. Trump said the allegations were personally “very painful,” but vowed to press on.
“I will not allow the Clinton machine to turn our campaign into a discussion of their slanders and lies, but will remain focused on the issues facing the American people,” he said.
It’s no secret the lamestream enemedia are in the Clinton corner and anti-Trump. This was true even before any of these accusations and the 2005 tape surfaced about Trump. Look at how each has been treated during debates, fact checking, coverage and commentary. The LSM has levied accusations against Trump of “inciting violence and riots” at rallies when anti-Trump protestors and “Black Lives Matter” protestors have been shuttled to Trump events and paid by Soros backed groups, the Democrats and the Clinton campaign.
The media has glossed over the many sexual escapades, predations and violent crimes of Bill Clinton involving many women — all verifiable and in the public sphere since Bill’s presidency. In fact, Hillary Clinton has enabled Bill to skirt “scot-free” by personally threatening Bill’s accusers. Yet, the LSM turns a blind eye to the Clintons and skewers Donald Trump. While Bill and Hillary were in the governor’s mansion in Arkansas, the LSM refused to cover the activities of the Clintons occurring at Mena and in government agencies that were questionable, at best. And, the LSM refuses to even acknowledge Hillary Clinton’s own criminal past as Secretary of State, always highlighting the false narrative she did nothing wrong because she was not formerly charged and prosecuted.
What should be taken away from all of this by the American public is the level to which political campaigns, candidates and parties has fallen. It’s an all out roll around in the mud of debauchery, all to hide stances on important issues and influence votes based totally on emotion instead of intellect and candidate platform. Candidates with criminal pasts that have been found to have violated the law can run for president as long as the DOJ refuses to prosecute, despite an investigation showing proof of criminal activity. Debaucherous character appears to be the norm instead of exception with good moral character among candidates a rarity. The public has been “brainwashed” into believing it must accept the candidates the parties put forth.
One thing is for certain. This presidential election cycle is unlike any other in history. However, it could begin a trend of campaigns that are likely to cloud our future.