CNN is now reporting about a woman who claims Trump assaulted her exactly as he described and we’re horrified
During the entirety of his campaign, Presidential Candidate Donald Trump has said a number of questionable things. He’s called Mexicans rapists and criminals, said he would bomb the s— out of ISIS, and has insulted war heroes. Because of his loose-lipped nature, Trump has found himself in a “say-things-then-issue-an-apology” situation far too many times.
And, it’s happened again.
The Washington Post has released an explicit video in which Trump makes lewd comments regarding women. In the 2005 conversation with television show host, Billy Bush, Trump said the following:
“I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know I'm automatically attracted to beautiful women. I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.
"When you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything ... Grab them by the p---. You can do anything.
Even more damning than the initial video is CNN’s Erin Burnett’s statement that a friend of hers had this exact event happen to her in 2010.
That’s 2010. Not 2005.
According to Burnett, her friend, who has not been identified (and hopefully can maintain her anonymity) told her:
“That’s exactly what Trump did to me. Trump took Tic Tacs, suggested that I take them also. He then leaned in ... catching me off guard and kissed me almost on the lips. I was really freaked out.
Following kissing her without her consent, Trump asked her to his office. Alone. Once there, she was told how special she was and given Trump’s cell phone number.
“I ran the hell out of there.
The friend of Burnett’s isn’t the first to report Trump exhibiting inappropriate behavior. In 1997, Temple Taggart, 21-year-old Miss Utah, told The New York Times that Trump kissed her on the lips without asking.
"He kissed me directly on the lips. I thought, "Oh my God, gross."
Since the initial video release, many of Trump’s supporters have pulled their endorsements.
Those who have withdrawn their support include Senator Paul Ryan (R, Wis.), who stated he was "sickened by what he heard" and Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah who said, “I can no longer in good conscience endorse this person for President. It is some of the most abhorrent and offensive comments that you can possibly imagine.
Although his supporters have condemned Trump’s behavior, his initial statement on the matter was less than satisfactory to many.
“This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago, [Former President] Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course ― not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended.
Of course, dismissing the issue as “locker room banter” ignores the very real implications of sexual-assault. Trump later issued a video statement about the issue:
But while many continue to voice fury over the issue, it remains to be seen whether the fallout of this latest incidence of sexism and the revelations by Erin Burnett will truly affect Trump’s numbers or support.