Whatever you think of Donald Trump’s conduct, chances are that the reality is even worse than you imagined.
Take his conduct toward women, for example.
With nearly two dozen women already publicly accusing the president of unwanted sexual contact — including allegations of sexual harassment, assault, and forcible rape — Trump’s recorded comments that “when you’re a star” you can grab women by their genitals and “You can do anything” provide a rare honest insight into the depths of the heretofore unaccountable president’s moral depravity when it comes to the objectified females he encounters.
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Inexplicably — at least if you take Russian interference out of the equation — Trump was elected president despite the fact that his deplorable behavior was widely known prior to election day.
Now, a new book, All the President’s Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator, exposes allegations that Trump’s behavior with women has been even worse than previously disclosed.
Written by journalists Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy, the book is based on interviews with over 100 people and details a history of the president’s relationships with women throughout his life. In an exclusive excerpt from the book this week, Esquire magazine discloses an additional 43 accusations of inappropriate behavior by Donald Trump, including 26 allegations of unwanted sexual contact.
One woman, Karen Johnson, spoke to the authors in an exclusive, first-time account of the assault that Donald Trump perpetrated on her during a New Year’s Eve party at the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in the early 2000s.
“When he says that thing, ‘Grab them in the p****,’ that hits me hard because when he grabbed me and pulled me into the tapestry, that’s where he grabbed me – he grabbed me there in my front and pulled me in,” she said.
Johnson, who was in her late thirties at the time, was attending the New Year’s celebration with her husband and was getting ready to leave the party before deciding to make a quick trip to the restroom before exiting. She describes in the book what happened next.
“I hadn’t seen [Trump] that whole entire night,” said Johnson. “I was just walking to the bathroom. I was grabbed and pulled behind a tapestry, and it was him. And I’m a tall girl and I had six-inch heels on, and I still remember looking up at him. And he’s strong, and he just kissed me,” she recounted to us. “I was so scared because of who he was… I don’t even know where it came from. I didn’t have a say in the matter.”
The victim says that Trump then grabbed her hand and made an odd request.
“You have to help me greet these guests out,” he told her, explaining that Melania was upstairs. “So I stood next to him while he greeted some guests out the door,” Johnson said, too frightened to make a scene about what had just taken place. “I was afraid to say what had happened,” she said. “I didn’t even know how it happened.”
If you thought that perhaps this was just an isolated incident at a drunken New Year’s revel, the fact that Trump doesn’t imbibe alcohol and his continued pursuit of the married woman over the ensuing days should disabuse you of that notion.
“He started calling me. I answered my phone and he said, ‘Do you know who this is?’ And I knew his voice. And I was wondering how he got my phone number,” she said.
Trump spent the next few weeks calling her frequently and offering to fly her to New York to visit him. Johnson informed Trump that she was taking care of her dying husband and couldn’t possibly betray him.
“Don’t worry about it, he’ll never know you were gone,” she said Trump told her. “He said he’d have me back by six o’clock. This was like crazy. He was going to fly me to New York for the day to see him. I said, ‘No, no, no.’” But Trump persisted. When he was in Florida, he called and said he would send a car to bring her to Mar-a-Lago. “I kept saying, ‘No, no, no,’” she said. “I was scared. I didn’t know what to do.”
Eventually, Trump tired of the pursuit and moved on, but Johnson kept quiet about the incident, telling only a relative who had attended the party with her and her husband.
“I feared that because I had been a dancer many years before they would say to me, ‘Well, you must have asked for it,’” she says. “What he did was very traumatizing to me,” Johnson added. “And it still is. You know, I didn’t ask for that. I was literally just walking through a room… no matter what my past is I don’t deserve to be treated that way.”
Even though she fears people won’t believe her story, Johnson is adamant that she didn’t do anything to invite the assault.
“This is about a monster, an immature child running around who has no respect for anybody but himself and his giant ego,” she described Trump.
In addition to the harrowing story told by Ms. Johnson, All the President’s Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator also tells the story of the women that Trump was dating when he met his current wife, Melania, and details the bouts of infidelity and fits of jealous rage that ensued during their courtship. It also tells the story of the woman who Melania felt most threatened by, someone who had already turned down Trump’s proposal of marriage.
All the President’s Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator will be released to bookstores on October 22nd.
While it doesn’t tell us anything about the president’s moral character that wasn’t already perfectly clear from his previously known actions and statements, its inclusion of further detail and additional proof of Trump’s reprehensible behavior with women reminds the nation of yet another reason why he must not be allowed to remain in office any longer.
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Original reporting by Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy at Esquire.