Following the sexual harassment accusations against Donald Trump, the president defended himself by stating he has never met the women.
The 71-year-old, in a tweet, criticized the mainstream media’s focus on the alleged electoral collusion of Russia and insinuated that after discovering zero evidence for a conspiracy, they’re drumming up harassment allegations instead.
You can see the President’s original tweet below:
Despite thousands of hours wasted and many millions of dollars spent, the Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia – so now they are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met. FAKE NEWS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2017
Just one day before Trump sent out his tweet, the Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said to reporters she has eyewitness testimonies from people who were there which prove that the interactions between Donald and the women were not distasteful.
However, as many pointed out, this contradicts what the president recently said. The list of women who Trump allegedly harassed is around 20 now.
Samantha Holvey accused Trump of invading women’s personal space during the Miss USA pageant in 2006. Jessica Leeds said the business mogul put his hand up her skirt during a flight to New York over forty years ago, and Rachel Crooks, who used to work as a receptionist at the Trump Tower, claims the politician kissed her on the mouth without consent in 2005.
A couple of the women to accuse the now-president of misconduct have had public interactions with him. Summer Zervos, for example, competed during the fifth season of The Apprentice, and Natasha Stoynoff interviewed Trump back in 2005.
In a statement to Megyn Kelly Today on yesterday morning, December 12th, the White House said “these false claims” have been disputed by several eyewitness accounts and the American voters already decided on their judgment in a “decisive victory.”
Additionally, the organization stated that the “timing” of the claims inadvertently reveals the political motives behind them. Trump is just one of many men to be accused of such transgressions this year.