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- Three women who have accused Donald Trump of sexually harassing or abusing them spoke out Monday, calling the president’s endorsement of the Senate candidate Roy Moore “horrifying.”
- The women said they weren’t surprised that Trump would support Moore, who has been accused of sexual misconduct, given that Trump was elected president despite accusations of sexual misconduct from 19 women.
Three women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexually harassing or assaulting them called the president’s endorsement of Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate who has also been accused of sexual misconduct, “disgusting” and “horrifying.”
All three women condemned Trump’s support for Moore, whom some Republicans have called on to withdraw from Tuesday’s special election in Alabama after several women said he pursued sexual relationships with them when he was in his 30s and they were teenagers, including one woman who said he groped her when she was 14 and he was 32. Both Trump and Moore have denied the accusations against them, with Trump acknowledging Moore’s denials and eventually endorsing him last week.
“It’s confusing because you would think that the good people of Alabama could see through this,” Leeds said. “But we’ve gotten so polarized with the politics, they want to keep a Republican seat even though it’s a pedophile.”
Crooks said it “makes perfect sense” for the president to deny the allegations against Moore because that tactic had worked for him in the 2016 presidential election.
“Nothing shocks me or surprises me about Trump anymore,” Crooks said. “In fact, I think his endorsement of Roy Moore makes perfect sense for him because he was able to deny what we said and that got him elected just fine, so it’s like passing the torch for Roy to do the same.”
Holvey, Leeds, and Crooks all came forward with their accusations against Trump during the 2016 presidential election and are receiving new attention amid a national conversation about sexual harassment and assault. The women appeared on NBC News’ “Megyn Kelly Today” later Monday morning to talk about their experiences with Trump.
The White House released a new statement regarding Trump’s female accusers during Kelly’s show, calling the allegations “false claims” and accusing the women of being politically motivated.
“These 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,” the statement said. “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.”
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump called his accusers liars and said he was a victim of a “political smear campaign” led by his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, and her supporters.
Over the weekend, several Democratic lawmakers called on Trump to resign over the allegations and Nikki Haley, whom Trump chose to be US ambassador to the United Nations, told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the president’s accusers “should be heard.”
Trump could be forced to testify in court regarding the sexual-misconduct allegations as part of a defamation lawsuit filed by Summer Zervos, one of his accusers, if the case is not dismissed.