Because Donald Trump is a scumbag and because his wife Melania is either an enabler of her scumbag husband or just doesn’t want to see him for what he is, the response from the Trump family to a detailed account of her assault by Trump by one of his alleged victims was to try to silence her with a frivolous lawsuit threat.
But because Donald Trump is also an idiot, it backfired.
PEOPLE magazine recently published the harrowing account of one of their own writers who said she was sexually assaulted by Trump in 2005 while she was at his home to work on a profile of him.
We walked into that room alone, and Trump shut the door behind us. I turned around, and within seconds he was pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat.
Now, I’m a tall, strapping girl who grew up wrestling two giant brothers. I even once sparred with Mike Tyson. It takes a lot to push me. But Trump is much bigger — a looming figure — and he was fast, taking me by surprise and throwing me off balance. I was stunned. And I was grateful when Trump’s longtime butler burst into the room a minute later, as I tried to unpin myself.
What made the situation even more fraught with Trump’s sleaze was that Stoynoff considered herself a friend of Melania Trump – Donald’s recent bride and the mother of his unborn child.
Trump has denied the allegations, despite bragging about this exact behavior in the now infamous “Billy Bush” tape. He also accused the PEOPLE writer of being too ugly to assault. That too wasn’t good enough. Finally, he and Melania issued a lawsuit threat.
— MELANIA TRUMP (@MELANIATRUMP) October 13, 2016
Tellingly, Melania didn’t dispute that her husband had assaulted Stoynoff. She was angry that Stoynoff had said the two were friends. For that “inaccuracy,” her lawyers ordered a full retraction and “apology” from PEOPLE magazine. Instead, PEOPLE published this:
Six colleagues and close friends who corroborate former PEOPLE writer Natasha Stoynoff’s account of being attacked by Donald Trump in 2005 are now coming forward. Among them is a friend who was with Stoynoff when she ran into Melania Trump later in N.Y.C.
The wife of the Republican nominee denies meeting Stoynoff after the attack, but Stoynoff’s friend Liza Herz remembers being there during the chance meeting.
“They chatted in a friendly way,” Herz, who met Stoynoff in college, says. “And what struck me most was that Melania was carrying a child and wearing heels.”
That’s six separate witnesses backing up the version of events Stoynoff described in her first-hand account. Many confirmed that Stoynoff had privately confided in them about the assault in the days after it happened. Others confirmed that Melania was indeed close with Stoynoff. All more or less confirmed that the Trump family was full of shit.
Meanwhile, Trump has produced just a single witness of his own, albeit not one with any credibility. Trump’s longtime butler, a man who recently fantasized about killing President Obama, claims he’s positive the assault never happened. He was, er, less than convincing.
So it's these six witnesses vs. Trump's ex-butler who called for Obama to be killed. Cool. https://t.co/b9rUvK7kfA
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) October 18, 2016
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