Spurred by the recent #metoo revelations that have brought down some of the most powerful men in the entertainment industry, three women held a press conference today with firsthand accounts of alleged sexual harassment by the “grab ‘em by the pussy” president, and are calling for a congressional investigation into the matter.
The women, who first went public with their allegations last year, also wondered why their claims didn’t stop Trump from becoming president in the first place.
Rachel Crooks—who accused Trump of sexual misconduct during a 2005 incident in which she says he tried to kiss her in Trump Tower—told Megyn Kelly on the Today show that she “felt forgotten.”
“You can’t help but wonder why aren’t people talking about Trump and the people that came forward for him, and why is he immune to that?”
Kelly, who some speculate helped women to come forward with their sexual harassment accusations against her NBC colleague, anchor Matt Lauer, has helped push the #metoo movement into the national spotlight; since airing segments on sexual assault, Today show ratings have risen at least 10 percent.
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The accusers are hoping to re-focus attention on the President’s alleged misconduct now that the #metoo movement is underway.
And it might be working. The White House released a statement after the press conference this morning—the first official statement responding to the allegations since the election.
“The timing and absurdity of these false claims speaks volumes,” the statement reads, “and the publicity tour that has begun only further confirms the political motives behind them.”
According to the Atlantic, 19 women so far have come forward with allegations against the president.
Unfortunately, it’s doubtful that the press conference held today will actually result in a congressional investigation, since, after all, it looks like the multiple stories of sexual misconduct and general creepiness from the women who came forward against Roy Moore won't make a bit difference in the Alabama election tomorrow.
So, while you shouldn't hold your breath that the #metoo movement will ever take down Trump, at least it seems like more people are paying attention.
And at least one Trump administration official, Nikki Haley—the American ambassador to the United Nations—said that his accusers “have every right to speak up” and that “they should be heard.”