This far into Donald Trump’s presidency, one doesn’t expect to hear any brand-new awfulness about the man.
However, this is someone who had decades of dishonesty before he became a household name — and decades more before anyone was actually paying attention.
After all, the moral standard America holds for its real estate moguls and world TV hosts isn’t anywhere near presidential.
So we guess we shouldn’t be too shocked to hear yet another accusation of sexual assault.
But we can’t help it. This is the President of the United Country, and here’s the … 16 th? 20 th? … accusation against the three men. We’re in Harvey Weinstein territory here. With the leader of the free world.
The latest accuser is E. Jean Carroll, a columnist whom you may know as the author of the” Ask E. Jean” article in Elle magazine.
In a New York Magazine excerpt from her new book, What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal, Carroll refers to her” Most Hideous Men of My Life List ,” explain 😛 TAGEND
” It is a list of the 21 most revolting scoundrels I have ever met. I started it in October 2017, the day Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey wrote their Harvey Weinstein bombshells in the New York Times. As the riotous, nauseating stories of #MeToo surged across the country, I, like many ladies, could not help but be reminded of certain humankinds in my working life. When I began, I was not sure which among all the fouled harassers, molesters, traducers, cheaters, stranglers, and no-goods I’ve known were going to make the final accounting. I considered Matt Lauer, Bill O’Reilly, and the giant dingleberry Charlie Rose, all people whose Tv presents I was on many times and who stimulated headlines during the rise of #MeToo. But in the end, they do not attain my Hideous List .”
The college beauty queen goes all the way back to 1961, through all her nasty experiences with the opposite sex to begin the list.
Donald Trump is #20.
It was in the Fall 1995 or Spring 1996, she says, at the time she was doing the TV version of Ask E. Jean for the short-lived America’s Talking network.
She recollects little details, like the “black wool Donna Karan coatdress” she was wearing.
The two New York celebs recognize each other while both store in Bergdorf’s and strike up a playful exchange. She even recollects thinking he was ” good-looking .”
He immediately questions her to advise him, she says, on a gift for a woman.
She agrees — but he produces her straight-out to the lingerie section, where no one is around.
There he tells her to try on a bodysuit for him, telling her she’s” in good shape .”
She jokes he should try it on and goes with him to the dressing room 😛 TAGEND
” This is hilarious, I’m saying to myself — and as I write this, I am careened by my stupidity. As we head to the dressing rooms, I’m laughing aloud and saying in my brain: I’m gonna establish him threw this thing on over his pants !”
That is not how things happened.
[ Trigger Warning: graphic sexual abuse content ahead .]
She painfully recollects 😛 TAGEND
” The minute the dressing-room door is closed, he lunges at me, pushes me against the wall, making my chief quite badly, and sets his mouth against my lips. I am so scandalized I jostle him back and start laughing again. He confiscates both my limbs and moves me up against the wall a second time, and, as I become aware of how large-scale he is, he holds me against the wall with his shoulder and jams his hands under my coating dress and drags down my tights .”
Carroll recollects it taking a moment to even process what is happening.
” I am astounded by what I’m about to write: I prevent tittering .”
That doesn’t last-place. Within seconds, she claims, the future President of the United Commonwealth raped her 😛 TAGEND
” The next instant, still wearing correct business attire, shirt, tie, suit jacket, overcoat, he opens the overcoat, unzips his pants, and, forcing his thumbs around my private field, thrusts his penis halfway — or completely, I’m not certain — inside me .”
Yes. That is rape.
Not locker room talk , not” sons is likely to be boys ,” not” politically incorrect” or “behind the times.”
That is a rape she is describing.
She resumes 😛 TAGEND
” It turns into a colossal strife. I am wearing a pair of sturdy black patent-leather four-inch Barneys high heels, which puts my elevation around six-one, and I try to stomp his paw. I try to push him off with my one free hand — for some reason, I maintain comprising my handbag with the other — and I finally get a knee up high enough to push him out and off and I turn, open the door, and run out of the dressing room .”
Her memory, so clear and preserved for the majority of their encounter, goes fuzzy at the end.
After the trauma…
She writes 😛 TAGEND
” The whole occurrence last-places no more than three minutes. I do not believe he ejaculates. I don’t remember if any person or attendant is now in the lingerie department. I don’t remember if I run for the elevator or if I take the slow ride down on the escalator. As soon as I land on the main storey, I work through the storage and out the door — I don’t recall which doorway — and find myself outside on Fifth Avenue .”
It is after the account is over that she throws out the saddest duty, what the consequence did to her personally. She reveals 😛 TAGEND
” And that was my last-place ghastly man.
The Donna Karan coatdress still hangs on the back of my wardrobe door, unworn and unlaundered since that evening.
And whether it’s my age, the facts of the case that I haven’t met anyone fascinating enough over the past couple of decades to feel “the sap rising, ” as Tom Wolfe threw it, or if it’s the smudge of the real-estate tycoon, I can’t say.
But I “ve never had” sex with anybody ever again .”
We … we don’t even know what to say. That is just so horrible.
Carroll already knows many won’t believe her. And many will — but will still be on Team Trump anyway. So she preemptively answers the reviewers she knows will come for her story.
No, she didn’t tell the police. She says she divulged in two friends, one of whom told her,” He raped you !” and begged her to report the incident, the other told her to forget it — that he would bury her with his solicitors.
No, she doesn’t know why there was no attendant in the lingerie department, or why there was a dressing room door unlocked already.
No, she’s already checked with Bergdorf’s and has been assured any surveillance footage which would have been built 23 year ago no longer exists.
The reason she didn’t come forward is that she saw how the other 15 or so ladies was dealt with and she’s” a coward .”