Anna Sheffer
June 25, 2019 11:56 am

Trigger Warning: This post discusses sexual assault and rape allegations.

More than a dozen women have accused President Donald Trump of sexual assault or harassment over the course of the last few years, and on June 21st, journalist and former advice columnist E. Jean Carroll alleged that he raped her. Trump has now dismissed Carroll’s accusations, calling her a liar and arguing that he couldn’t have raped her because she was not his “type.”

New York magazine published an excerpt from Carroll’s upcoming book What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal in the June 24th issue. In her essay, Carroll claims that Trump raped her in a dressing room in Bergdorf Goodman in New York. She writes that she was 52 at the time and that she told two close friends but was afraid to report the incident to police.

Trump has categorically denied all sexual misconduct allegations against him, and his reaction to Carroll’s account was no different. In a statement to New York, the White House wrote that Carroll’s story had been “created simply to make the president look bad.” Trump then went on to accuse Carroll of lying in a June 24th interview with The Hillarguing that he didn’t rape the writer because he wasn’t attracted to her. (Never mind the fact that rape has nothing to do with attraction.)

Carroll herself has spoken out about Trump’s attempts to discredit her, telling CNN’s Anderson Cooper, “I love that I’m not his type.”

She went on to point out that Trump has denied every accusation of misconduct against him.

It’s worth noting that Trump has used the “not my type” argument before. According to The New York Timeshe said that one accuser would “not be my first choice” at a 2016 campaign event. And Twitter users jumped to point out that Trump’s argument seemed like an indictment, not a defense.

Some discussed the violent misogyny at work in this “defense.”

And others rightly pointed out that rape is about power, not sex.

It’s infuriating to hear the president use misogyny to dismiss rape allegations, but at this point, it’s not surprising. Carroll is the latest woman to say that Trump attacked her, but she is far from the first. When are we going to start taking these allegations seriously?

If you have been sexually assaulted, or know someone who has, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673. You are not alone.

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