This is a new and chilling detail from one of Trump's many accusers.
As Democrats continue to uphold strict standards against allegations of sexual misconduct, a trio of Donald Trump’s accusers is going public to demand similar accountability from the Sexual Predator-in-Chief. On Monday morning, Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks appeared on Megyn Kelly Today to share their stories of sexual misconduct at Trump’s hands.
Jessica Leeds, who told her story prior to the 2016 election, recounted to Kelly how Trump groped and kissed her on an airplane in the late 1970s, until she was finally able to break free and retreat to safety at the back of the plane.
“I’m not a small person,” Leeds told Kelly. “I managed to wiggle out and stand up, grab my purse, and I went to the back of the airplane,” she continued, adding that “I stayed at the back of the airplane until we landed and everybody was off, because I did not want to take the chance of running into (Trump) at all.”
Leeds then told Kelly that three years later, while she was working for the Humane Society of New York, Trump recognized her at a charity gala, and publicly attacked her in the grossest of misogynistic terms:
LEEDS: He says, ‘I remember you. You were that [pauses and gestures] woman from that airplane. He called me the worst name ever.
KELLY: Wait a minute, there was a descriptor before ‘woman?’ […] You don’t want to say it out loud, does it begin with a ‘c?’
LEEDS: Yes, yes. And the room cleared.
Trump responded to the accusers’ appearances by issuing this statement, through a spokesperson:
“The false claims, totally disputed in most cases by eyewitness accounts, were addressed at length during last year’s campaign, and the American people voiced their judgment by delivering a decisive victory,” according to the statement. “The timing and absurdity of these false claims speaks volumes and the publicity tour that has begun only further confirms the political motives behind them.”
But these accusations are, in fact, corroborated by Trump himself, who has bragged about groping women in the exact manner that Leeds describes, about forcibly kissing them as Crooks describes, and about invading beauty pageant dressing rooms, as Holvey describes.
Additionally, according to The New York Times, the Humane Society did participate in a gala at Saks Fifth Avenue on September 12, 1983, which was attended by more than 600 people. That Trump would feel free to launch such an attack in front of so many people speaks to the impunity he felt, and still feels, to attack women.
Republicans face serious moral and political consequences for continuing to support known sexual predators like Trump and Judge Roy Moore, but if Trump’s brave accusers get their way, Trump could face consequences of his own.