Categories for Sex Abuse

26,653. 7/17/2019

SEX ABUSE/TRUMP PEOPLE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “President Trump has been playing down his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy financier under federal indictment on charges of sexually trafficking and abusing girls, but at least one night they shared together in the company of dozens of N.F.L. cheerleaders was documented on camera. A newly unearthed video from 1992 shows Mr. Trump and Mr. Epstein watching and commenting on women together at an event at Mar-a-Lago, Mr. Trump’s club in Palm Beach, Fla. The video was broadcast on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ on Wednesday [7-17-19] morning. Dressed in a suit and a pink tie, Mr. Trump, then 46, appears to be in jovial spirits as he plays host, laughing and warmly welcoming guests, including Mr. Epstein — the man he now claims he was ‘never a fan of.’ The video provides a glimpse of Mr. Trump in his element: moving back and forth between the dance floor, filled with cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills and the Miami Dolphins, and watching from the sidelines, where at one point he points out a woman to Mr. Epstein and leans in to tell him, ‘She’s hot.’ At another point, Mr. Epstein doubles over laughing at something Mr. Trump whispers into his ear.”

Maggie Haberman and Annie Karni, “Trump and Epstein Partied and Commented on Women in 1992 Video,” The New York Times online, July 17, 2019

26,390. 7/9/2019

CABINET/LABOR/LEGAL/SEX ABUSE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump said Tuesday [7-9-19] that he feels ‘very badly’ for Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, as the embattled Cabinet official faces an onslaught of calls by Democratic lawmakers to resign for his role in brokering financier Jeffrey Epstein’s 2008 plea deal on sex abuse charges…Last year, former press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the White House was reviewing the situation in the wake of a Miami Herald report that detailed the scope of Epstein’s abuse and the deal he was granted. The White House didn’t answer questions on whether they conducted an inquiry then. Less than an hour before the president’s remarks, Acosta took to Twitter to defend his approval of the Epstein non-prosecution agreement he helped negotiate more than a decade ago as a U.S. attorney in Miami, which resulted in a lenient 18-month sentence…Trump claimed Tuesday that he first met Acosta at the outset of his administration, ‘when I made the deal to bring him on’ to lead the Labor Department, and praised Acosta’s performance in the role since being confirmed by the Senate in April 2017.

Quint Forgey, “Trump: ‘I feel very badly’ for Acosta,” Politico, July 9, 2019 1:27 pm

26,380. 7/9/2019

CABINET/LABOR/LEGAL/SEX ABUSE/TRUMP PEOPLE “Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta on Tuesday [7-9-19] faced fresh calls to resign, and rising pressure from inside the Trump administration, over his role in brokering a lenient plea deal over sex crimes for the New York financier Jeffrey E. Epstein as a federal prosecutor in Miami more than a decade ago. Mr. Acosta, 50, said this week that the plea agreement, in which Mr. Epstein served 13 months in jail after being accused of sexually abusing dozens of young women and girls, was the toughest deal available in a complex and difficult case. The prosecution, he said, would have stood a far better chance of succeeding in the state courts — the same argument he has been making for years…That is not likely to satisfy critics, who have long contended that Mr. Epstein should have faced a far harsher charge than a single count in state court of soliciting prostitution from a minor. The unusual arrangement reached with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office allowed Mr. Epstein to leave the county stockade six days a week to go to work. His jail sentence was for 18 months, but he was released five months early.”

Glenn Thrush and Patricia Mazzei, “Labor Secretary Acosta Faces Calls to Resign Over Epstein Case,” The New York Times online, July 9, 2019

26,377. 7/9/2019

SEX ABUSE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/WOMEN: “It was supposed to be an exclusive party at Mar-a-Lago, Donald J. Trump’s members-only club in Palm Beach, Fla. But other than the two dozen or so women flown in to provide the entertainment, the only guests were Mr. Trump and Jeffrey Epstein. The year was 1992 and the event was a ‘calendar girl’ competition, something that George Houraney, a Florida-based businessman who ran American Dream Enterprise, had organized at Mr. Trump’s request…Mr. Houraney, who had just partnered with Mr. Trump to host events at his casinos, said he was surprised. ‘I said, ‘Donald, this is supposed to be a party with V.I.P.s. You’re telling me it’s you and Epstein?’’ In fact, that was the case, an indication of a yearslong friendship between the president and Mr. Epstein that some say ended only after a failed business arrangement between them. The full nature of their eventual falling out is not clear. But through a mutual appreciation of wealth and women, and years of occupying adjacent real estate in Palm Beach and on Page Six, the lives of the two men routinely intersected for decades — until the connection turned from a status symbol into a liability, and Mr. Trump made sure to publicize the fact that he had barred his onetime friend from his clubs.”

Annie Karni and Maggie Haberman, “Jeffrey Epstein Was a ‘Terrific Guy,’ Donald Trump Once Said. Now He’s ‘Not a Fan.’,” The New York Times online, July 9, 2019

26,249. 7/3/2019

DEMS/ELECTION/SEX ABUSE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “Kamala Harris on Wednesday [7-3-19] debuted a new line of attack against President Donald Trump, saying that her background as a prosecutor made her uniquely suited to take on ‘a predator’ like the president. At an Iowa event, during a riff on  Trump’s trade and health care policies and his handling of the surge of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, the 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful ripped the president for betraying the American people…The sharper rhetoric comes as Harris seeks to capitalize on a surge in polling since her commanding performance during last week’s Democratic debates. In particular, Harris dominated former Vice President Joe Biden in a bruising exchange over Biden’s civil rights record…Harris performed well enough to catch Trump’s eye as he attended the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, where he downplayed her performance. Harris’ strong showing also caught the ire of conservatives who sought to cast doubt on whether Harris is ‘black enough’ to speak with authority on matters of race, prompting her Democratic rivals to race to her defense.

-Caitlin Oprysko, “‘We have a predator living in the White House’: Harris sharpens attacks on Trump,” Politico, July 3, 2019 5:32 pm

26,022. 6/25/2019

GOP/SEX ABUSE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “Two Republican senators said Tuesday [6-25-19] the rape allegation made against President Donald Trump by writer E. Jean Carroll should be explored to determine the veracity of the allegation against the President — even as many Senate Republicans sidestepped questions over the matter and defended Trump. Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa said both Trump and Carroll should be questioned about the alleged assault…Many other Republican senators questioned by CNN in the Capitol said they were unaware of the allegations revealed in a book by Carroll and first made public by a New York Magazine story of the account that came out late last week, or the press coverage since, including a lengthy interview on CNN’s ‘New Day’ Monday [6-24-19] when Carroll spoke in graphic detail about the alleged incident 23 years ago in a fitting room of a Bergdorf Goodman department store in New York. Trump has denied the allegations, resurrecting an old defense in telling The Hill that ‘I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?’”

Ted Barrett and Kristin Wilson, “Two Republican senators say rape allegation against Trump should be investigated while many in GOP stay mum,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, June 25, 2019 10:38 pm

26,020. 6/25/2019

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

25,987. 6/24/2019

SEX ABUSE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “President Trump on Monday [6-24-19] again denied assaulting a columnist for Elle magazine in the dressing room of a high-end clothing store more than 20 years ago, countering her explosive accusation by asserting  that he would not have assaulted her because ‘she’s not my type.’ Mr. Trump said that E. Jean Carroll, who wrote for years for Elle magazine, was “lying” when she said that he threw her up against a wall and forced himself on her in the mid-1990s, and he insisted that he did not know her…Earlier Monday, Ms. Carroll spoke about an excerpt from her new book — ‘What Do We Need Men For?’ — that was published in New York magazine. She said in an interview on CNN that Mr. Trump threw her up against a wall so hard that ‘I hit my head really hard: boom.’ She said that she tried to fight back against Mr. Trump’s violent advances in a fitting room of Bergdorf Goodman in Manhattan…Mr. Trump in the past has rejected other sexual assault accusations by asserting that the women who accused him of taking advantage of them were not attractive enough to engage in such behavior.”

Peter Baker and Neil Vigdor, “‘She’s Not My Type’: Accused Again of Sexual Assault, Trump Resorts to Old Insult,” The New York Times online, June 24, 2019

25,934. 6/21/2019

SEX ABUSE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “President Donald Trump on Friday [6-21-19] rejected an allegation by journalist E. Jean Carroll that he sexually assaulted her in a Manhattan department store dressing room in the 1990s. Carroll, a high-profile advice columnist, said she met Trump at Bergdorf Goodman in the mid-1990s when the then-real estate mogul was still married to Marla Maples. She alleged that after Trump asked her for advice in selecting a gift and they got talking, he sexually assaulted her in the dressing rooms of the store’s lingerie section. Trump said he had never met Carroll and accused her of making up the allegations to sell books, according to a statement distributed through the White House press pool…Carroll published her account of the alleged assault in New York Magazine, which Trump decried as a ‘dying publication trying to prop itself up by peddling fake news.’ The account was an excerpt of her book, ‘What Do We Need Men For?’ in which Carroll alleges she sustained a number of assaults, including by Trump and former CBS executive Les Moonves. More than a dozen women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct before Carroll’s account was published Friday as a preview to her upcoming book release. Trump has denied every allegation of assault.”

Matthew Choi, “Trump dismisses new sexual assault allegation,” Politico, June 21, 2019 5:45 pm

25,922. 6/21/2019

SEX ABUSE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “The advice columnist E. Jean Carroll accused President Trump of sexually assaulting her in the mid-1990s in her forthcoming book. In ‘What Do We Need Men For?,’ her account of being harassed and mistreated by a series of men, which St. Martin’s Press is expected to publish next month, Ms. Carroll, the author of ‘Ask E. Jean’ in Elle magazine, alleges that Mr. Trump raped her in 1995 or 1996, in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room. An excerpt that includes her account was published on New York magazine’s website earlier Friday [6-21-19]. Mr. Trump, in a statement, emphatically denied the incident. ‘I’ve never met this person in my life,’ he said, although the excerpt in New York magazine was accompanied by a photograph that showed the two together at a 1987 party. ‘She is trying to sell a new book — that should indicate her motivation. It should be sold in the fiction section.’ In her book, Ms. Carroll describes what begins as a friendly encounter, as Mr. Trump, whom she’d met once before, asks her to try on lingerie that he is considering buying as a gift. Once they entered the dressing room, according to Ms. Carroll, Mr. Trump pushed her against the wall, pushed his mouth against her lips, then pulled down her tights, unzipped his pants and forced his ‘fingers around my private area, thrusts his penis halfway — or completely, I’m not certain — inside me.’”

Alexandra Alter, “E. Jean Carroll Accuses Trump of Sexual Assault in Her Memoir,” The New York Times online, June 21, 2019

25,893. 6/20/2019

ELECTION/GOP/SENATE/SEX ABUSE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Roy S. Moore, the polarizing Alabama Republican who lost a Senate campaign in 2017 after being accused of sexual misconduct, said on Thursday that he would seek a rematch in next year’s election. His decision was an unsurprising act of defiance against many of his party’s national leaders, including President Trump, who recently publicly warned him away from another Senate bid. Republican officials fear that if Mr. Moore were to win the party’s nomination in March, he would jeopardize their prospects of defeating the Democratic incumbent, Senator Doug Jones, and of recapturing a seat they had long controlled with ease…In a warm ballroom with a piano and a pair of ornate staircases, Mr. Moore detailed his grievances against Republican officials in Washington, predicting that the campaign arm of Senate Republicans would run ‘a smear campaign’ against him. The go-it-alone tone of Mr. Moore’s news conference was familiar, a 2019 edition of his past campaigns.”

Alan Blinder, “Roy Moore to Run for Alabama Senate Seat Again,” The New York Times online, June 20, 2019

25,733. 6/14/2019

LAWSUIT/SEX ABUSE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit in which a former campaign staffer accused President Donald Trump of kissing her against her will and alleged that Trump’s presidential bid engaged in pay discrimination against female and African American employees. Alva Johnson’s claim she was ‘forcibly kissed’ by Trump at an August 2016 campaign stop in Tampa, Florida, garnered most of the attention when she filed suit last February, but the discrimination claims were the subject of most of the early legal maneuvering in the case. U.S. District Court Judge William Jung, a Trump appointee, tossed out Johnson’s complaint Friday, saying it was too laden with political claims and attacks for the court to allow it to proceed…The judge said the portion of Johnson’s suit dealing with the alleged unwanted kiss was unfocused and dragged in more than a dozen other Trump acts that are not legally relevant to the question of whether Trump kissed her without her consent, something Trump aides and supporters present that day have denied.”

Josh Gerstein, “Judge dismisses suit against Trump and campaign over forcible kissing, pay discrimination,” Politico, June 14, 2019 5:58 pm

23,343. 3/14/2019

LAWSUIT/SEX ABUSE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “A divided New York appeals panel has rejected President Donald Trump’s effort to dismiss or stall a lawsuit brought by a former ‘Apprentice’ contestant who claims Trump sexually assaulted her a decade ago. The appellate panel voted 3-2 to deny Trump’s bid to head off the suit from Summer Zervos, who says Trump kissed her, groped her breast and pressed his genitals against her in a Los Angeles hotel in 2007. After Trump denied the claims during the 2016 presidential campaign, Zervos sued him for defamation. Trump’s lawyers argued that allowing such a suit to proceed in a state court would interfere with his responsibilities as president under the Constitution, but a trial judge rejected that argument and on Thursday the majority of the appeals panel agreed…Renwick explained that Trump’s legal team argument that the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause — which gives federal laws precedence over state laws — should prevent the Zervos suit from proceeding had no support in the Constitution or prior case law.”

Josh Gerstein, “Court allows defamation suit against Trump to proceed,” Politico, March 14, 2019 2:36 pm

23,327. 3/14/2019

COURTS/LAWSUIT/NEW YORK/SEX ABUSE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “A New York appeals court on Thursday [3-14-19] rejected President Trump’s argument that the Constitution makes him immune from state lawsuits, clearing the way for a defamation suit from a former contestant on ‘The Apprentice’ who has said Mr. Trump groped her. The five-judge panel in Manhattan ruled that Summer Zervos, who competed on Mr. Trump’s reality game show, could go forward with her lawsuit, which she filed  after Mr. Trump said her claims that he had groped  and kissed her against her will  were lies. The 3-to-2 ruling upholds a lower-court decision from a year ago that similarly concluded the president could be sued in state court while in office for actions unrelated to his official duties…Ms. Zervos and nine other women claimed during the presidential campaign in 2016 that Mr. Trump had engaged in sexual misconduct. Ms. Zervos said Mr. Trump twice forced himself on her in 2007: in a job interview in Trump Tower in Manhattan, and during a meeting in Los Angeles.

Sarah Maslin Nir, “Trump Can Be Sued for Defamation by Summer Zervos, ‘Apprentice’ Contestant, Court Rules,” The New York Times online, March 14, 2019

22,978. 3/1/2019

CABINET/TRUMP PEOPLE/SEX ABUSE: “Until recently, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta was probably one of President Donald Trump’s least controversial Cabinet members. But now he is facing rising pressure over his handling of a sex offender case involving a well-connected billionaire. On February 21, a federal judge ruled that Miami prosecutors, led by then-US Attorney Acosta, broke the law when they arranged a plea deal for billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2008 without conferring with his victims. Although Epstein was accused of trafficking children for sex, Acosta allowed him to negotiate an extremely lenient agreement that was kept secret from his victims — denying them the opportunity to affect the prosecutorial process. Now the victims might have a say: The judge gave the government 15 days to talk with the victims who sued and figure out what remedy should apply. Thanks in part to investigative reporting by The Miami Herald, Acosta is now under scrutiny for his handling of Epstein’s case, and he could be summoned to testify before Congress. But with or without a congressional hearing, one thing is clear: Acosta must face the consequences of arranging such an improper agreement. He should step down as labor secretary.”

Raul A. Reyes, “Trump’s labor secretary, Alex Acosta, should resign over handling of sex-offender case,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, March 1, 2019 1:45 pm

22,880. 2/26/2019

CHILDREN/HHS/IMMIGRATION/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/SEX ABUSE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Department of Health and Human Services received more than 4,500 complaints of sexual abuse against unaccompanied minors from 2014-2018, according to internal agency documents released Tuesday [2-26-19] by Florida Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch. In addition,1,303 complaints were reported to the Justice Department during that same time frame, according to the documents. Deutch addressed the documents during a high-profile House hearing Tuesday on the Trump administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy that resulted in thousands of immigrant children being separated from their parents. He said that the documents ‘demonstrate over the past three years, there have been 154 staff on unaccompanied minor, let me repeat that, staff on unaccompanied minor allegations of sexual assault’…Hayes said the vast majority of the incidents were between unaccompanied minors. He said there were 178 incidents of alleged sexual abuse involving facility-staff-on-minor misconduct in the last four years, but those staffers were not federal employees.”

Sophie Tatum, “HHS docs show thousands of alleged incidents of sexual abuse against unaccompanied minors in custody,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, February 26, 2019 2:52 pm

22,855. 2/25/2019

2016 ELECTION/SEX ABUSE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “A woman who worked on Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign sued him in federal court on Monday [2-25-19], alleging that he forcibly kissed her at a campaign event in Florida months before the election. In the lawsuit, the woman, Alva Johnson, who is black, also accused the president’s campaign of discriminating against her by paying her less than her white and male colleagues. She joins more than a dozen other women who have publicly accused Mr. Trump of sexual misconduct. According to the lawsuit, which was filed in United States District Court in Tampa, Fla., Mr. Trump kissed Ms. Johnson without her consent on Aug. 24, 2016, in Tampa as he got out of a recreational vehicle during a campaign stop. The encounter began when Ms. Johnson, who was in the RV, spoke with Mr. Trump as he made his way to the door of the vehicle, according to the suit. She told him that she had spent months on the road working for him and offered words of encouragement.”

Niraj Chokshi, “Former Trump Campaign Staffer Alleges He Forcibly Kissed Her,” The New York Times online, February 25, 2019

21,824. 1/13/2019

BORDER/CHILDREN/CRIME/IMMIGRATION/SEX ABUSE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Thousands of illegal aliens who have committed sexual crimes against children are right now in Texas prisons. Most came through our Southern Border. We can end this easily – We need a Steel Barrier or Wall. Walls Work! John Jones, Texas Department of Public Safety. @FoxNews”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 13, 2019 10:45 am 

20,516. 11/15/2018

SEX ABUSE/TRANSPORTATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is taking a closer look at sexual harassment happening in the sky. On Thursday [11-15-18], Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced the creation of a National In-Flight Sexual Misconduct Task Force, which will ‘review current practices, protocols and requirements of U.S. airlines in responding to and reporting allegations of sexual misconduct by passengers on board aircraft,’ according to a press release. The group will also provide recommendations on best practices relating to training, reporting, and data collection regarding incidents of sexual misconduct by passengers onboard commercial aircraft. Members of the task force will be announced at a meeting set for January 16. The number of sexual assaults reported during commercial airline flights is increasing ‘at an alarming rate,’ the FBI told CNN in June. FBI investigations into midair sexual assaults increased by 66% from fiscal year 2014 to 2017. The bureau said it had opened 63 investigations into sexual assault on aircraft in 2017, compared with 57 in 2016, 40 in 2015 and 38 in 2014. Last year, CNN reported on the difficulty in determining just how frequently assaults happen on commercial flights because no federal regulatory agency tracked that data nationwide.”

Andrea Mandell, “Trump administration creates new in-flight sexual misconduct task force, as reports climb,” USA Today, November 15, 2018 11:00 pm

20,049. 10/30/2018

FBI/ROBERT MUELLER/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/SEX ABUSE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team has asked the FBI to look into claims that women were offered money to fabricate sexual assault allegations against Mueller, who leads the probe into Russia’s attempts to influence the U.S. election in 2016…Jack Burkman, a Washington lawyer and Republican operative, told Reuters he was speaking to five women who claimed they were sexually assaulted by Mueller, and denied paying them for the information. He said he would have a news conference close to Washington on Thursday [11-1-18] with one of the women who claimed she was sexually assaulted by Mueller in 2010, and that the other four women still needed to be vetted…Burkman, who is also a right-wing commentator on social media, has been critical of the Mueller probe and sought to raise funds for Rick Gates and Michael Flynn, two former Trump aides who pleaded guilty to charges brought against them by Mueller’s team.”

Reuters Staff, “Special counsel Mueller’s team asks FBI to probe ‘false claims’ against him,” Reuters, October 30, 2018 2:09 pm

19,887. 10/23/2018

CRIME/SEX ABUSE/TRUMP PEOPLE/WOMEN: “A man charged with groping a woman aboard a plane, who after being arrested cited U.S. President Donald Trump’s past statements about women, appeared in federal court in New Mexico on Tuesday [10-23-18]. Bruce Alexander, 49, was arrested after a woman on Sunday accused him of twice grabbing her breast as they were seated on a Southwest Airlines flight from Houston to Albuquerque, New Mexico, according to the criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque. Alexander, a heavy equipment operator from Tampa, Florida, later told authorities: ‘The president of the United States said it’s OK to grab women by their private parts,’ according to the court document. The White House had no immediate comment on Alexander’s statement. During the 2016 presidential campaign, a videotape surfaced of then-candidate Trump bragging about groping women.”

Reuters, “Southwest Passenger Invokes Trump After Groping Charge,” The New York Times online, October 23, 2018

19,540. 10/10/2018

GOP/ME TOO/RALLY/SEX ABUSE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “President Donald Trump mocked the #MeToo movement again at his rally in Pennsylvania on Wednesday [10-10-18] night, citing the ‘rules of MeToo’ as the reason he wasn’t ‘allowed’ to use an expression. When talking about winning the state in the 2016 presidential election Trump said, ‘Pennsylvania hasn’t been won for many years by Republicans, but every Republican thinks they’re going to win Pennsylvania. … I used an expression — you know, there’s an expression but under the rules of MeToo I’m not allowed to use that expression anymore. I can’t do it’…It’s another shot at the movement that began following the publication of sexual harassment and assault allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in October 2017. The revelation of the allegations against the powerful Weinstein inspired many women to reveal their own stories of sexual assault, but Trump has recently taken shots at the #MeToo movement by expressing concern for men who are accused of sexual assault or harassment and saying, ‘Women are doing great.'”

Betsy Klein, Allie Malloy and Kate Sullivan, “Trump mocks the #MeToo movement at a rally, again,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, October 10, 2018 9:04 pm

19,507. 10/10/2018

ME TOO/MELANIA/SEX ABUSE: “First lady Melania Trump says women who make accusations of sexual abuse ‘need to be heard’ and supported, but so do men. She says when there are accusations there needs to be ‘really hard evidence’ and accusers should ‘show the evidence.’ Mrs. Trump was interviewed on her Kenya trip by ABC, which aired portions Wednesday [10-10-18] on ‘Good Morning America.’ Asked whether she supports the MeToo movement. Mrs. Trump said, ‘I support the women, and they need to be heard. We need to support them. And, you know, also men, not just women.’ President Donald Trump, accused of sexual assault by numerous women over the years, has said it’s ‘a scary time’ for men facing allegations from years ago, as with Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh denied those, as has Trump.”

The Associated Press, “Melania Trump: Women Accusing Men Should ‘Show the Evidence’,” The New York Times online, October 10, 2018

19,489. 10/9/2018

BRETT KAVANAUGH/DEMS/SENATE/SEX ABUSE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein is calling President Donald Trump’s attack on her handling of an allegation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh ‘ridiculous and an embarrassment.’ The ranking member of the Judiciary Committee is again denying she breached the confidence of Christine Blasey Ford, who claimed Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school. Kavanaugh denied the allegation. Feinstein says: ‘Dr. Blasey Ford knows I kept her confidence, she and her lawyers said so repeatedly. Republican senators admit it. Even the reporter who broke the story said it wasn’t me or my staff. The president’s remarks are ridiculous and an embarrassment.’ At a political rally in Iowa on Tuesday, Trump alleged Feinstein leaked the allegation to sink Kavanaugh’s confirmation. The crowd chanted ‘Lock her up!'”

The Associated Press, “The Latest: Feinstein Calls Trump Attack ‘an Embarrassment’,” The New York Times online, October 9, 2018

19,449. 10/8/2018

BRETT KAVANAUGH/SEX ABUSE/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump apologized to Brett Kavanaugh and claimed that he was ‘proven innocent’ of multiple sexual misconduct allegations during an elaborate swearing-in ceremony for the new Supreme Court justice…Those statements from the president were his second attempt of the day to discredit Kavanaugh’s accusers, including Christine Blasey Ford, who testified before lawmakers that the justice drunkenly attempted to force himself on her at a house party in suburban Maryland in the 1980s, when Kavanaugh was in high school. Trump told reporters earlier Monday [10-8-18] outside the White House that Kavanaugh’s nomination ‘was caught up in a hoax that was set up by the Democrats, using the Democrats’ lawyers.’ He also said: ‘It was all made up, it was fabricated, and it’s a disgrace.’”

-Quint Forgey, “Trump uses swearing-in ceremony to apologize to Kavanaugh,” Politico, October 8, 2018 9:16 pm