Stop Dodging Rape Case DNA Testing, Journalist Suggests To Trump

Donald Trump has responded to recent protests by calling for military involvement to force demonstrators off the streets. He has insisted that he wants “law and order.” However, E. Jean Carroll, a journalist who says Trump raped her in the 1990s, says that if Trump was really for law and order, he wouldn’t be dodging her lawyers, who are requesting a DNA sample from the president. Carroll has an article of clothing she says she was wearing during the encounter, and is fighting to get a DNA sample to prove that they match.

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According to The Guardian, E. Jean Carroll says that Trump raped her in a department store dressing room over two decades ago. She still has the dress she was wearing, and her attorney, Roberta Kaplan, had it tested and found male DNA. She’s suing for defamation, after Trump accused her of lying about the rape. A New York Times article at the time quoted Trump as citing the reason the rape couldn’t have happened as, “She’s not my type.”

Carroll sued on the basis of defamation, saying, according to USA Today, that she believed she’d lost her job over Trump’s denial. “Because Trump ridiculed my reputation, laughed at my looks, & dragged me through the mud, after 26 years, ELLE fired me. I don’t blame Elle … I blame [Donald Trump].”

Trump has painted himself as the candidate who will bring “law and order,” tweeting that phrase (sometimes only that phrase) numerous times, even before the 2016 election. As protests have continued across the country, he’s tweeted it nine times in the past two weeks.

Now he’s netted a response from Carroll, who suggests that if he was truly about law and order, he’d comply with lawful requests for a DNA sample.

According to the Washington Post, Trump has had his lawyers claim that, as president, he has immunity from claims of defamation. His legal team has requested delays, saying that he could “suffer irreparable harm” from moving forward with the case.

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