After NBC released audio from a 2005 episode of Access Hollywood showing Donald Trump making some lewd statements about women, the floodgates opened. Suddenly, every woman Trump ever met had a story about how he sexually harassed or assaulted them, telling the media their claims for the first time this month – despite sitting on the allegations for years and even decades.
The timing of the accusations cannot be ignored, even if they don’t necessarily prove the women are lying. As we saw in the Bill Cosby case, there can be a domino effect. One woman’s courage inspires another and so forth. And since thousands of lawyers want to get a little taste of the action, they are descending on these women like vultures, hoping to exploit them for fame and profit – to say nothing of political power.
Is the timing suspicious? Of course. But there are better reasons to believe that not all of these women are telling the whole truth.
A British man named Anthony Gilberthorpe says he was on a 1979 flight with Trump and Jessica Leeds, the woman who now claims that the billionaire groped her during the trip.
Giberthorpe said, “I have only met this accuser once and frankly cannot imagine why she is seeking to make out that Trump made sexual advances on her. Not only did he not do so (and I was present at all times) but it was she that was the one being flirtatious.”
And when you go down the list, every one of these stories is similarly problematic. The People magazine writer who falsely claimed to know Melania – the one who never mentioned Trump’s assault in the story she wrote about him. The Apprentice contestant who maintained contact with Trump through the years – after she was supposedly assaulted by the billionaire in private. The girl who says she was “nudged” by Trump at a Mar-a-Lago concert…on a date where no such concert took place.
When the media decides to talk about Bill Clinton’s accusers, they focus exclusively on the evidence that favors the former president. “Critics say…” and all that crap. But when it comes to Trump’s accusers, there is no bar of plausibility. Whatever these women say is the truth of the matter. And if they’re lying, well, we can deal with that some other time.
November 9, perhaps.