The distorted perception of time that we experience during 2020 — and, arguably, since Donald Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States — often makes us triage the news to the point of being numb, trying to digest it all.
Some will barely remember that it was just this year that the House of Representatives impeached the president, that his lawyer and staff “fixer” Michael Cohen spilled the beans about the lurid details of his legal record or any other calamitous pre-COVID-19 event.
However, as the presidential election approaches, the volume of breaking news seems to be non-stop, and hundreds of important stories remain buried between headlines.
We are not talking about declassified CIA information about UFOs, but about more dirt on the American president, especially his sexual misconduct record that no one seems willing to pay attention to.
On September 17, former model Amy Dorris publicly accused Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, more so two decades ago, she said in an exclusive interview with The Guardian.
Dorris said the incident left her feeling “sick and violated” after Trump accosted her outside the bathroom in his VIP box at the tournament in New York on September 5, 1997.
Dorris, who was 24 at the time, accuses Trump of forcing his tongue down her throat, assaulting her all over her body, and holding her in a grip she was unable to escape from, the media describes.
“He just shoved his tongue down my throat, and I was pushing him off. And then that’s when his grip became tighter, and his hands were very gropey and all over my butt, my breasts, my back, everything.”
“I was in his grip, and I couldn’t get out of it,” she said, adding: “I don’t know what you call that when you’re sticking your tongue just down someone’s throat. But I pushed it out with my teeth. I was pushing it. And I think I might have hurt his tongue.”
Trump denied “in the strongest possible terms” having ever harassed, abused, or behaved improperly toward Dorris.
Dorris, who lives in Florida, provided the Guardian with evidence to support her account of her encounters with Trump, including her ticket to the US Open and six photos showing her with the real estate magnate over several days in New York. Trump was 51 at the time and married to his second wife, Marla Maples.
The former model joins a long list of 26 women who have accused the U.S. president of some kind of sexual misconduct since the 1970s.
The two best-known cases were that of his ex-wife Ivana Trump, who filed a rape suit during the divorce litigation in 1989, and which she eventually withdrew, and that of businesswoman Jill Harth who sued Trump in 1997 but agreed to drop her suit in a private settlement.
However, since Trump’s candidacy for president, cases have been pouring in, especially after the 2005 audio recording leaking, where he said that, as a “celebrity,” he could do whatever he wanted with women.
Now, The Atlantic has published a four-part report entitled “I Moved on Her Very Heavily,” which recounts the president’s history with women. Written by journalist and Trump victim E. Jean Carroll, the series is the most detailed account of the tycoon’s attacks on women over the past decades.
As the introduction to the report explains, E. Jean Carroll accused Donald Trump of raping her in a Bergdorf’s dressing room in the mid-1990s in her memoirs published last year. The president obviously denied the accusations, and Carroll sued him for defamation. However, the Justice Department intervened this year in an attempt to “take over” the president’s defense in the lawsuit, prompting the writer to interview other women who have alleged that Trump “suddenly and without consent ‘moved on’ them,” as he said on the Access Hollywood tape. “I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them, it’s like a magnet … And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the pussy.”
From Alva Johnson, who worked during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016, to cases like Jessica Leeds’ in the early 1980s, these women agree that what the president did to them was an assault.
Yes, we are going through a political high point, where any accusation against any of the candidates is perceived as a strategy of manipulation in the desperation to get to the White House. But if we learned anything from the #MeToo movement, all voices matter; we learned that to ignore an accusation under circumstantial grounds is to be complicit and that no one is above justice, much less the president of the supposedly most powerful country in the world.