New revelations involving Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his treatment of women have been published by The New York Times. Two more women have come forward saying they were groped by Trump, according to the report.
During the presidential debate, Trump admitted that he had boasted about kissing women without permission and grabbing their genitals. But said he had never actually done those things. Well, Jessica Leeds and Rachel Crooks think otherwise.
Ms. Leeds, 74, felt Trump was lying to her face. “I wanted to punch the screen,” she told the Times.
Leeds spoke with The New York Times at her apartment and revealed that, three decades ago, she was a traveling businesswoman at a paper company and sat beside Mr. Trump in the first-class cabin of a flight to New York. They had never met before.
She said that about 45 minutes after takeoff, “Mr. Trump lifted the armrest and began to touch her.” He then grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt, she recalls.
“He was like an octopus,” she recalls. “His hands were everywhere,” she said before adding that she “fled to the back of the plane to stop the assault.”
Mr. Trump’s claim at the debate was similarly infuriating to another woman watching on Sunday night in Ohio: Rachel Crooks.
Ms. Crooks told The NY Times that, in 2005, she was a 22-year-old receptionist at Bayrock Group, a real estate investment and development company in Trump Tower in Manhattan, when she encountered Mr. Trump outside an elevator in the building one morning.
Aware that her company did business with Mr. Trump, she turned and introduced herself. They shook hands, but Mr. Trump would not let go, she said. Instead, he began kissing her cheeks. Then, she said, he “kissed me directly on the mouth.”
“It felt like a violation,” she added.
“It was so inappropriate. I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that,” Ms. Crooks said in an interview.
“People should know,” she said of Mr. Trump, “this behavior is pervasive and it is real.”
Read the entire interview here:
H/T: The New York Times.