President Donald Trump on Monday said there was no way that accusations against him by journalist E. Jean Carroll, who said he attempted to rape her in the 1990s, could be credible, given that he doesn’t find her to be attractive.
According to reporting from the Associated Press, Carroll gave an account of her interaction with Trump during a chance encounter at a department store. Their meeting was friendly at first, until Trump forced himself onto her and pushed her up against a dressing room door, she alleged, unzipping his pants and attempting to rape her.
Through a “colossal struggle,” as Carroll described it, she was able to push Trump off and leave the store, she claimed.
Trump responded to the allegations by saying Carroll is “totally lying,” and gave a defense that many on social media have shunned a great deal.
“I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type,” Trump said. “Number two, it never happened.”
Trump also claimed to “know nothing about this woman,” adding that “it’s just a terrible thing that people can make statements like that.”
MSNBC Host Lawrence O’Donnell derided the comments, questioning why Trump’s first thought wasn’t to respond “I would never rape” instead of producing the comments that he had.
Trump's first line of defense to a rape accusation is "She's not my type." That's his first thought, not 'I would never rape anyone.'
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) June 25, 2019
Commentator Grant Stern offered another rebuke on Twitter, suggesting that Trump’s line of defense is both disgusting as well as disingenuous. “She actually IS Trump’s type. Caroll was Miss Indiana,” Stern pointed out.
Not only is Trump's pitiful first line of defense "She's not my type" against E. Jean Carroll's rape allegation a tacit admission.
She actually IS Trump's type.
Caroll was Miss Indiana.
She is blonde.
Nothing's official until Trump lies and denies it.#TuesdayThoughts
— Grant Stern is fully vaccinated (@grantstern) June 25, 2019
Carroll, speaking to Anderson Cooper on his show on CNN, responded to Trump’s line of defense. “I love that. I’m so glad I am not his type,” she said.
"I love that I'm not his type," says E. Jean Carroll, responding to Pres. Trump's public denial of her accusation that he sexually assaulted her in a dressing room 23 years ago. https://t.co/H5XN1B1DWF pic.twitter.com/3jDD4FaL4B
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) June 25, 2019
Trump, who has been accused by tens of women of sexual assault over the years, has made this kind of defense in the past. During the 2016 campaign, a woman named Jessica Leeds came forward and accused Trump of assaulting her on an airplane in the 1980s.
Responding to those specific allegations, Trump implied her appearance was enough of a defense for him, per reporting from MSNBC.
“When you looked at that horrible woman last night, you said, ‘I don’t think so, I don’t think so,'” Trump said.
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