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Melania Trump, who has been all but invisible as her husband confronts a campaign crisis over allegations that he sexually assaulted women, emerged on Monday to forcefully defend him and question the honesty of the women making the accusations.
Ms. Trump, in an extensive interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, said the women who had accused Donald J. Trump of groping and kissing them were lying, and likened her husband to a teenage boy who engages in macho boasting.
She echoed her husband’s complaint that he was the victim of a broad conspiracy between the news media and the Clinton campaign.
“I believe my husband, I believe my husband — it was all organized from the opposition,” Ms. Trump said. “They can never check the background of these women. They don’t have any facts.”
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Former 'People' Writer Speaks Out After Accusing Donald Trump of Sexual Assault New York Magazine
Former People writer Natasha Stoynoff has spoken out for the first time since her blockbuster accusation against Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her while on assignment at Mar-a-Lago, writing a first anniversary Donald and Melanie piece for the magazine.
In this followup interview, Stoynoff said that she’s “doing okay” since going public. “Women are talking about this, and they need to. We cannot be silent anymore. I didn’t tell my story for politics, I told it for women,” she told People.
The assault allegedly occurred in December 2005 at Trump’s estate in Florida, while Stoynoff was working on a feature about the presidential candidate and his then-pregnant wife, Melania. Stoynoff claims Trump pushed her against a wall and forcibly kissed her. Since the story broke one week ago, Trump has denied the allegations, and suggested that Stoynoffisn’t good-looking enough for him to sexually assault.
Stoynoff allows that Trump has perhaps forgotten an event that happened a decade ago, particularly when she may just be one of “many, many” women he has theoretically assaulted. In response to Trump's habitual response that these women aren't beautiful enough for him to assault, Stoynoff said, “I was obviously good-looking enough for him at the time to force-kiss me and insist that we were going to have an affair.”
People's editor-in-chief Jess Cagle says that the upcoming issue will contain an account by a friend of Stoynoff's who was with her when they ran into Melania Trump in New York after the alleged assault took place. Mrs. Trump insists that this interaction never took place and is demanding a retraction of the event as not true.
Michelle Obama Leads Women's Fight Against Trump
The Authentic Power of Michelle Obama by Frank Bruni New York Times
Isn’t it delicious that after trafficking in racism, promoting sexism and using a lie about Barack Obama’s birthplace as a pivot into political relevance, Donald Trump could receive his final death blow from a black woman: the president’s wife?
And isn’t it interesting that after so many years of keeping a studied distance from the ugliness of the political arena, the first lady is throwing herself with such passion into this grotesque campaign?
That says everything about the singular threat that Trump poses, and she’s emerging as the fiercest counter to it: Michelle Obama, octopus slayer. She’s effective because she has never gone looking for a fight — we know that about her. She acts when she has something to defend, and as she made clear in a stirring, searing speech late last week, that’s more than her husband’s legacy, which a Trump victory would decimate. It’s her dignity as a woman. It’s the dignity of all women.
Voice Shaking, Michelle Obama Calls Trump Comments on Women 'Intolerable' New York Times
Speaking in a deeply personal, deliberate but shaking voice, America's First Lady addressed the nation on Thursday, issuing a call to action against Donald Trump specifically for his actions, his vulgarity and lacking in conscience words about women.
“This is not normal. This is not politics as usual,” Mrs. Obama said in a 25-minute speech here during which her voice at times quavered with emotion. “This is disgraceful, it is intolerable, and it doesn’t matter what party you belong to,” she added. “No woman deserves to be treated this way — none of us deserves this kind of abuse.”
In remarks that were among the most outspoken by a first lady in modern history, Mrs. Obama, who has mostly avoided the political limelight, positioned herself at the center of a campaign she characterized as having devolved into “madness.” She implored voters to “stand up and say enough is enough.”
Related: 'Pence: 'I don't understand the basis' of Michelle Obama's claims Politico
Of course Mike Pence doesn't understand Michelle's speech. Mike Pence supports a Personhood bill that equates the legal rights of a 24-hr. old fertilized egg or a month-old zygote with those of our beloved First Lady Michelle Obama. He sees them equally before the law. Period. If this is where your head is at, you have no empathy for what women deal with every day. We are incubators in your brain, the same petrified brain that passed the most gruesome anti LGBTQ legislation in America.
In addition, I doubt that Mike Pence has been subjected to a woman manhandling him as Trump has manhandled women -- and by his own admission. Trump said that he's slept with so many women. he can't believe he never got the clap.
Does he even listen to Trump tell these stories to the crowds and compare them to what the women have actually said? I doubt it. Pence has a rigid, authoritarian mind, one that has no need to investigate truth.
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump once told an interviewer that he advises his friends to "be rougher" with their wives, and that he sometimes goes "through the roof" when he comes home and dinner isn't ready.
"Psychologists will tell you that some women want to be treated with respect," Trump told Nancy Collins in a previously unreleased 1994 transcript from ABC’s Primetime Live. "I tell friends who treat their wives magnificently, get treated like crap in return, 'Be rougher and you’ll see a different relationship.'"
Floodgates of Sexual Aggression Claims Open Against Donald Trump As Women's Stories Substantiate Trump's Own Words AOC Hillary Clinton News
The final weeks of America's 2016 presidential election present a fast ride in which his "shackles have been taken off." Over the years I've referenced my own love for driving sports cars with a firm grasp of driving a stick. As millions of Americans -- and especially American women have tweeted in the last week, our memories of sexual abuse, including firmly delivered sexual aggression and rape were unleashed listening to Donald Trump's Billy Bush video released last Friday by The Washington Post.
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One of Mexico City's Hottest Dining Trends? Eating Insects Vogue.com
Intrepid Travel’s Real Food Adventure-Mexico local guide Ubish Yaren, says that the eating of insects dates back to pre-Hispanic times. “Why do you start eating insects or cactus or things with spines? Because of need,” says Yaren. “But now, insects are one of the most expensive ingredients in Mexican cuisine.” The commitment to insects ties in with the worldwide eat local trend and the artisan emphasis on heritage items. Mexico City’s dining scene elevates the trend of celebrating simple ingredients beyond vegetables to insects.
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