In a recently-unearthed video, Donald Trump brags to Howard Stern about some of the perks of owning the Miss USA pageant — one of which includes walking in on females in the dressing room (I’d say “women,” but it wasn’t always women).
“I’ll go backstage before a show and everyone’s getting dressed and ready and everything else,” he said in 2005. “And you know, no men are anywhere. And I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the pageant. And therefore I’m inspecting it.”
“You’re like a doctor,” Stern remarked.
“Is everyone OK? You know they’re standing there with no clothes. And you see these incredible looking women,” Trump replied. “And so I sort of get away with things like that.” Just like he gets away with grabbing women “by the pussy” because he’s rich and famous. But the Charlotte Observer reports that this was not only a habitual activity for Trump – the “women” were sometimes children, and he creeped on them all the same:
CBS 2 Los Angeles did a little fact checking and, guess what, this time, no Pinocchios. Tasha Dixon, Miss Arizona of 2001, told the station that Trump just came “waltzing in” while contestants were nude or half-nude as they changed into bikinis.
Separately, Buzzfeed reported early Wednesday that four women in the 1997 Miss Teen USA beauty pageant said he walked into their dressing room while they were changing. Some were as young as 15, Buzzfeed said.
Three spoke anonymously and one allowed her name to be used. “I remember putting on my dress really quick because I was like, ‘Oh my god, there’s a man in here,'” Mariah Billado, a former Miss Vermont Teen USA told Buzzfeed.
According to Tasha Dixon, Miss Arizona of 2001, there was more inspecting than doctoring.
In an interview with the station, she described her experience with Trump as a contestant that year in a dressing room where she and others were changing into bikinis:
“He just came strolling right in. There was no second to put a robe on or any sort of clothing or anything. Some girls were topless. Others girls were naked.
“Our first introduction to him was when we were at the dress rehearsal and half naked changing into our bikinis.
“To have the owner come waltzing in, when we’re naked, or half naked, in a very physically vulnerable position and then to have the pressure of the people that worked for him telling us to go fawn all over him, go walk up to him, talk to him, get his attention.”
“I’m telling you Donald Trump owned the pageant for the reasons to utilize his power to get around beautiful women. Who do you complain to?” she said. “He owns the pageant. There’s no one to complain to. Everyone there works for him.”
Of course, he also uses his power to get around girls. Trump is due in court in November — just after election day — for another time he allegedly used his power, money, and influence to get around girls. Allegedly, Trump tied up and raped an underage girl. the victim makes some startling claims:
Defendant Trump had sexual contact with me at four different parties in the summer of 1994. On the fourth and fnial sexual encounter with Defendant Trump, Defendant Trump tied me to a bed, exposed himself to me, and then proceeded to forcibly rape me. During the course of this savage sexual attack, I loudly pleaded with Defendant Trump to stop but he did not. Defendant Trump responded to my pleas by violently striking me in the face with his open hand and screaming that he would do whatever he wanted,
Immediately following this rape, Defendant Trump threatened me that, were I ever to reveal any of the details of Defendant Trump’s sexual and physical abuse of me, my family and I wold be physically harmed if not killed.
If Trump is elected, he will be the first US president to simultaneously run the country (into the ground, in this case) and fend off seemingly credible child rape allegations complete with witnesses.
Think about that on November 8 (or November 28 if you’re a Trump supporter and you believe him).
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