Photo Credit: YouTube / Democracy Now!
At slightest 20 women contend Donald Trump has sexually tormented or abused them. While the harrowing sum of any story may differ, conspicuous consistencies emerge as well. A series of women report how Trump disregarded them by forcing them into neglected kisses and groping their many insinuate parts. Those statements seem to align ideally with Trump’s own videotaped admission that he “just start[s] kissing” women or grabbing them “by the pussy” as he pleases. “It’s like a magnet,” Trump pronounced in the footage. “Just kiss. we don’t even wait [for consent]….You can do anything.”
Reports of Trump’s passionate attacks on women date back at slightest 3 decades. According to former businesswoman Jessica Leeds, in 1979 she was seated next to Trump in the first-class cabin of a flight, when but a word, he began groping and kissing her. Leeds’ minute comment of her knowledge seems to reconfirm Trump’s own 2005 outline of his sexually rapacious function toward women.
“They served the meal. And after it was cleared, he jumped all over me and started groping me and kissing me,” Leeds told Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! “And at the time, we remember thinking, ‘Why doesn’t the man opposite from the aisle come to my aid? Why doesn’t the stewardess come back?’….And [he] started rapacious me and pulling me and groping my breasts and trying to lick me. But it’s when he started to put his palm up my dress that we managed to shake out, given I’m not a tiny person. And we also managed to remember my purse and went to the back of the airplane. And that was the rest of the flight.”
Leeds goes on to report sitting in the manager territory until all other passengers had deplaned, out of fear of encountering Trump again. Like the immeasurable infancy of women who knowledge passionate abuse and harassment, she didn’t tell any management total about what had happened, tab her allegations would be abandoned or disbelieved or would repairs her own career and reputation.
“I did not complain to the airlines. we did not complain to my boss,” Leeds told Goodman. “That wasn’t—that was not done. There were all sorts of stupid things that would occur on airplanes, like guys [saying] ‘You wish to join the mile-high club?’ we mean, you know, these were things that, at that time, we tolerated.”
The knowledge was life-changing for Leeds. She pronounced she “stopped wearing skirts” aboard flights, instead donning pantsuits, and she cropped her hair shorter in an bid to equivocate male attention.
Leeds had internalized society’s faith that women are obliged for being sexually assaulted.
“You, as the victim, take on the responsibilities to, somehow or another, forestall these situations from happening,” she noted, indicating to how the mental wounds of passionate attack stay with survivors. “Women remember, in artistic detail, when it happened, how it happened, where it happened, how they got out of it, how they got home. Most of them talked about throwing their garments away. Most of them pronounced that they felt obliged for what happened, and they didn’t wish to tell anybody, even their relatives or their spouses or everything. They remember it, either they were eight years old or either they were 30 years old. The problem is, the men that commit this, for them, it’s like scratching an itch. It doesn’t meant anything. And they just don’t sense the psychological repairs that they’re doing to their victims.”
A couple of years after the occurrence on the plane, Leeds was at a celebration in New York City when she again crossed paths with Donald Trump, this time in the company of his “very pregnant” then-wife Ivana. Trump used the eventuality to insult and disparage Leeds, who was new at her pursuit and shaken about getting it right with the society-filled party crowd.
“‘I remember you. You’re that’—and he used the C-word—’from the airplane,’” Leeds said. “And it was like—it had been a swarming stage around the table. But it was like, all of a sudden, everybody just arrange of disappeared. And it’s not that we felt threatened, but we felt very much alone….And he went on.”
Leeds told no one about her knowledge until she satisfied Trump had a genuine shot at the U.S. presidency. In particular, Leeds says she was confounded to hear Trump distortion about his story of passionate attack when questioned by Anderson Cooper during the second presidential debate, just days after the recover of the “Access Hollywood” tape. During the event, Trump attempted to focus to the Islamic State and then tried to validate his videotaped boasts about passionate abuse as “locker room” talk. The stage murderous Leeds, who says she tossed and incited that night in bed.
“And then we got up in the morning, and we picked up my newspaper, and we thought, ‘I know what I’ll do: I’ll write a minute to the editor.’ And we non-stop up my computer, and my email was drifting out the wall. It just was incredible, all my friends saying, ‘You’ve got to contend something now. You’ve got to contend something,’” Leeds said. “So, we stoical this minute to the editor. we sent it off to the New York Times, went swimming, came back a couple of hours later, and there was a summary from the Times. Would we greatfully call them? And we did. And this lady reporter, Megan Twohey, questioned me. we mean, we talked for over an hour. And then she said, ‘Can we send a reporter?’ This for a minute to the editor?”
The Times gave coverage to Leeds in an essay and combined a short documentary in which she recounted her story. Though she perceived hatred mail and abuse from Trump supporters around the country (enough that her kids suggested she leave Manhattan for a few days) she saw firsthand how coming brazen had a sputter outcome that overwhelmed the lives of women she had never met.
“I went out to a tiny city in Pennsylvania. And the next day, we go to the post office, and the women in the post bureau come up to me, and they say, ‘Thank you.’ And ‘you’re so brave.’ We go to the bank. The tellers at the bank, the business in the bank come out and say, ‘Thank you. And ‘you’re so brave’…I come back to the city. we go to the Y for swimming and for exercise. And the women started coming up to me, but they also said, ‘I have a story.’ So we began to hear all these stories, some of them really horrific, some of them very minor. ‘This man in my bureau came in, and he [twisting gesture] my breasts.’ It’s like, holy [bleep]! He did what?”
Trump’s response to allegations of passionate nuisance and abuse by at slightest 13 women, including Jessica Leeds, was to advise that his accusers weren’t appealing adequate to aver his attention. (“Believe me, she would not be my first choice,” Trump pronounced of Leeds in a 2016 convene speech.) Roughly a month after Leeds came forward, despite Trump’s ever-growing list of accusers and a extensive catalog of crude, inapt and sexist statements, as good as a campaign secure in injustice and xenophobia, the claimant became the 45th boss of the U.S. Leeds says the election results were “extremely disappointing.”
In the year given he ascended to the presidency, Trump’s administration has been filled with chaos, crime and scandal, a effect of 63 million people voting for a man with no seductiveness in policy that does not accelerate his net worth. But in that same period, there has been a informative change on the issue of passionate harassment, and maybe the faintest spirit of an rising inhabitant tab around the diagnosis of women. The #MeToo campaign started by African-American romantic Tarana Burke scarcely a decade ago has been mainstreamed, bringing widespread confirmation of passionate attacks against (so far) mostly high-profile white women. Democratic politicians such as Al Franken and John Conyers have announced plans to leave bureau on the heels of passionate nuisance charges. Trump, however, stays in the top domestic bureau in the country, even as accusations of abuse continue to drip in and sexist attacks still flow out of the White House.
Leeds is one of 3 women who recently began publicly demanding a congressional review into charges of passionate bungle against the president. “The problem with the domestic stage is the fact that Trump really feels like he doesn’t have anybody over him….Nobody is the boss of the White House solely Trump,” Leeds told Democracy Now! “It’s up to Congress to haul—to bring him to charge for who he is and what he is. I’m anticipating the Mueller review will do it, but at this indicate we have to continue doing what we feel is critical about the passionate charge issues. So, we consider it’s up to Congress to step forward.”
Sixteen of Trump’s accusers were featured in a new documentary from Brave New Films. (The video is below.) At last tally, 100 senators, along despotic narrow-minded lines, had lent their voice to the calls for an investigation.
“As a society, we are finally commencement to hold absolute men to comment for abusing their positions and change to harass and abuse women,” Brave New Films founder Robert Greenwald wrote in a statement. “But this transformation for burden will ring vale if it doesn’t request to the many absolute and open passionate harasser in America—the president. In the post-Harvey Weinstein (or Roy Moore, Louis C.K., etc.) universe we live in, we can't omit 16 women who over the march of decades in a extended operation of situations encountered the same settlement of manipulation, misogyny, nuisance and abuse. We owe it to these women, and to all women, to hold President Trump to account.”
Kali Holloway is a comparison author and the associate editor of media and enlightenment at AlterNet.