Hell hath no fury like the rage of a woman forcibly kissed by Donald “Jabba the Hut” Trump.
Rachel Crooks, one of the Trump accusers who stepped forward last year to call for a congressional investigation of the Presidon’t, has decided to take matters into her own hands by entering politics herself.
The 35-year-old Democrat — who worked as a receptionist in Trump Tower in 2005, when she alleges Trump grabbed her and forcibly kissed her in front of the elevators — has announced she will run for state legislature in Ohio’s 88th District.
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Crooks told Cosmopolitan in an interview published today:
“I think my voice should have been heard then, and I’ll still fight for it to be heard now . . . Americans are really upset with politics as usual, and I want to be a voice for them.”
The Democratic Party has agreed to support Crooks, who currently serves as director of international student recruitment at Ohio’s Heidelberg University, in her uphill battle against two-term GOP incumbent Bill Reineke.
Crooks says she feels inspired to run thanks to the “momentum” the Resistance and the “Me Too” movement:
‘I think like a lot of women, because we’ve been historically underrepresented in politics, I didn’t necessarily see myself in this role . . . But multiple people encouraged and said, “I think you would be great.” … Once I sat down and mulled it over, I felt like it really was a duty that I had, that I should take on this responsibility firsthand and try to make a difference for other people.’
Crooks’s candidacy comes as part of a wave of record numbers of woman candidates, with 26,000 women thus far expressing interest to the progressive women’s candidate advocacy group EMILY’s List about launching campaigns.
Though Crooks is one of 19 women and counting to come forward to accuse President Trump of the very sexual assault of which he bragged in the leaked Access Hollywood tape, her platform extends beyond #MeToo.
According to Cosmopolitan:
She’s running in . . . a rural area outside of Toledo, to help create more jobs, ensure access to affordable health care, and fix the state’s education system. Charter schools there, she notes, are given about $1 billion each year, with what critics say is little accountability. That money, she says, would be better served in public schools.
Hopefully with fresh candidates like Rachel Crooks to choose from, they will say, “#TimesUp.”