Women allege Donald Trump touched them inappropriately

Donald J. Trump was emphatic in the second presidential debate: Yes, he had boasted about kissing women without permission and grabbing their genitals. But he had never actually done those things, he said,” as The New York Times is reporting.

“’No,’ he declared under questioning on Sunday evening, ‘I have not.’

“At that moment, sitting at home in Manhattan, Jessica Leeds, 74, felt he was lying to her face. ‘I wanted to punch the screen,’ she said in an interview in her apartment.

“More than three decades ago, when she was a traveling businesswoman at a paper company, Ms. Leeds said, she sat beside Mr. Trump in the first-class cabin of a flight to New York. They had never met before.

“About 45 minutes after takeoff, she recalled, Mr. Trump lifted the armrest and began to touch her.

“According to Ms. Leeds, Mr. Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt.

“‘He was like an octopus,’ she said. ‘His hands were everywhere.’

“She fled to the back of the plane. ‘It was an assault,’ she said.

“Ms. Leeds has told the story to at least four people close to her, who also spoke with The New York Times.

“In a phone interview on Tuesday night, a highly agitated Mr. Trump denied every one of the women’s claims.

“’None of this ever took place,’ said Mr. Trump, who began shouting at the Times reporter who was questioning him. He said that The Times was making up the allegations to hurt him and that he would sue the news organization if it reported them.

“’You are a disgusting human being,’ he told the reporter as she questioned him about the women’s claims.”

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Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

8 thoughts on “Women allege Donald Trump touched them inappropriately”

  1. In 1968 or ’69, a friend recommended “The Sane Society,” by Erich Fromm. It was originally published in the mid 1950s, but this quote –– which was burned into my memory cells the first time I read it –– is as relevant today (especially insofar as politics is concerned) as it was when first written about 60 years ago:

    “The fact that millions of people share the same vices does not make these vices virtues, the fact that they share so many errors does not make the errors to be truths, and the fact that millions of people share the same form of mental pathology does not make these people sane.”


  2. The emergence of core supporters as unstable as their candidate has to do with the hollowing out of the middle class. The less skilled and less educated were hit the most severely (as usual) during the 2008 melt-down of trickle-down that hit a flash point of Wall Street greed.

    If you want to blame the left, you move further to the right (State of Jefferson, Tea Party). If you want to blame the right, you move further to the left (Bernie). One Party (the Republicans) lost control entirely The other party (Democrats) almost did. On the Right, it spun-out all the way due to 15 years of intellectually lazy, reductionist, simplistic, blame-speak propaganda greasing the wheels for a demagogue by spewing a constant and calculated drum beat of right-wing-talk radio telling big lies, repeatedly. Fox news, and others all did their part.

    At some point, the hard-right may has even begun to believe its own PR, put out there originally for convenience and not for truth. It was always the easy way out. Why bother to educate? And it caught up to them.

    Conservative philosophy, itself, was never the problem. The lazy, low-brow way it was packaged became a problem. The result now is obvious.

    History will judge Republicans by how fast they peeled off from this piker politician. Those that linger, will show themselves to be willing to support ANYTHING, to put party ahead of the country. History will call them traitors to everything America stands for (or should stand for).

    The smarter conservatives (what is left of them) will save themselves, somewhat, by running fast and hard away from this authoritarian psycho-fascist candidate, vomited up inevitably, as a consequence of the divisive politics first pioneered by the likes of Karl Rove, and by the billionaire club that first funded the right-wing echo machine. Their hand has been soundly bitten by the beast they were feeding, and of course they deserve it.

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