Does it shock anyone to hear reports that Donald Trump’s behavior toward women was crude and predatory during his presidential term? While Trump’s current spokesperson, Liz Harrington, has denied the allegations in Stephanie Grisham’s new book, they sound a lot like things others in his circle have shared about him in the past.
The Washington Post obtained an advance copy of Grisham’s book, and some of the revelations in the text paint a picture of more sexually inappropriate behavior, some of which might extend to harassment, during his time in the White House.
First, it’s likely entirely unprecedented for a President of the United States to call his press secretary in order to discuss a physical description of his genitals with her. If any other president has ever done it, it’s never made it into the public record. However, Grisham says that while she was serving as his press secretary, Trump called her to dispute Stormy Daniels’ unflattering description (she compared him to Toad from the Nintendo games) and insisted on correcting the record for her.
Of course, that’s not all. She also describes him prying inappropriately into her own sex life. At the time, Grisham was dating someone who also worked in the Trump Administration, and she says that Trump asked her boyfriend if she was “good in bed.”
Grisham also describes sexually predatory behavior that was not directed toward her. Specifically, she says the then-president became obsessed with a young female press aide, and would always ask where she was. Once, Grisham says, Trump demanded she be brought to his Air Force One cabin so that he could look at her rear.
These stories are all officially denied, however they echo so many we’ve heard from others, such as Stormy Daniels, Michael Cohen (who says Trump was sexually inappropriate with his underage daughter), and others. There are a list of women who have accused him of similar or more severe predatory behavior (he’s still dodging a DNA request in one case).
The book’s description places Grisham as one of the nearest authorities on Trump world:
Few members of the Trump inner circle served longer or were as close to the first family as Stephanie Grisham, and few had her unique insight into the turbulent four years of the administration….
The book, I’ll Take Your Questions Now, is due for publication next week.
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