Their accounts echo those of other women who have previously come forward, like Temple Taggart, a former Miss Utah, who said that Mr. Trump kissed her on the mouth more than once when she was a 21-year-old pageant contestant.
Confronted with the stories by New York Times reporter Megan Twohey, Trump exploded.
“None of this ever took place,” said Mr. Trump, who began shouting at The Times reporter who was questioning him. He said that The Times was making up the allegations to hurt him and that he would sue the news organization if it reported them.
And as usual, he had fine words for a member of the press.
“You are a disgusting human being,” he told the reporter as she questioned him about the women’s claims.
Jessica Leeds, the women who was assaulted on the plane, is now 74. She told her story to several friends over the years, well before Trump entered politics. But right after the encounter, Leeds didn’t feel that she could come forward because of the attitude at the time.
“We accepted it for years,” she said of the conduct. “We were taught it was our fault.”
Rachel Crooks, who Trump grabbed and kissed by the elevator, immediately called her sister and told her about the assault.
Shorty after the story became public, the Trump campaign issued a statement. One which, ironically, accused the Times of doing exactly what both and his surrogates have done—belittle the idea of sexual assault.
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