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GOP/SEX ABUSE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “Republicans believe Donald Trump. They’re not so sure about the woman. The president’s GOP allies in Congress are moving swiftly to dismiss new allegations of rape against him, arguing journalist E. Jean Carroll is eager to promote her new book and that Trump’s denial of the alleged attack is credible…The latest allegation, summarily dismissed by Trump on Monday [6-24-19], is just the latest in more than a dozen other allegations that have dogged the president and put his party in an awkward spot. Republicans fled from Trump during the 2016 campaign, when an ‘Access Hollywood’ tape revealed the president bragging about sexual assault. But since he was elected, they have largely stood by the president amid the drip-drip of allegations of misconduct over the years. Carroll’s claim that the president raped her in a dressing room 23 years ago is no different for many members of the GOP. Trump said she’s ‘not my type’ and that he didn’t do it, and the Republican Party is generally sticking with him.”

Burgess Everett and Melanie Zanona, “’I believe the president’: GOP stands by Trump on sexual assault allegation,” Politico, June 25, 2019 8:45 pm

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