While Iran Dominated the Headlines, Trump Was Accused of Sexual Assault and Suggested He Could Be President '4EVA'

Writer E. Jean Carroll has claimed that a friendly encounter with Trump at Bergdorf Goodman in 1995 or 1996 turned violent

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media prior to departing on Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., June 22, 2019.
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U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday that a New York-based advice columnist who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in a New York City department store in the mid-1990s is not his “type.”

“I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened,” Trump told The Hill in an interview at the White House.

Writer E. Jean Carroll has claimed that a friendly encounter with Trump at Bergdorf Goodman in 1995 or 1996 turned violent when the real estate mogul pushed her up against a dressing room wall, unzipped his pants and forced himself on her. Carroll said that, in a “colossal struggle,” she pushed him off and ran from the store.

Luke Darby notes in GQ that Carroll’s story, which was first published on Friday did not make front page news and that “despite Carroll's appearance on MSNBC, none of the Sunday morning shows of the five major networks—ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, and NBC—devoted more than a passing reference to her accusations.”

Carroll’s accusation came out at the same time as revelations about Trump’s non-strike on Iran, following Iran shooting down a U.S. drone. 

Also one Friday, Trump tweeted a bizarre video that Fox News described as “sure to send shivers down the spines of his biggest critics.” The video was a mock cover of Time Magazine which depicted the Trump 2020 sign counting up ever for years and eventually reading “TRUMP 4EVA” - implying that Trump will remain president indefinitely. 

Trump denies

Trump told The Hill that Carroll is “totally lying” about the accusation, which he also denied earlier. “I know nothing about this woman. I know nothing about her,” he said. “She is — it’s just a terrible thing that people can make statements like that.”

The allegation against Trump is included in Carroll’s upcoming book about the “hideous men” the Elle magazine columnist says she has encountered throughout her life.

Carroll told CNN’s Anderson Cooper later Monday that she’s glad Trump doesn’t consider her his type. “I love that,” she said. “I’m so glad I am not his type.”

Carroll said there were no attendants in the dressing room area at the time of the alleged assault and she did not file a report with the New York Police Department.

“I wanted to forget it,” she said. “I thought A, my fault. B, I was stupid. C, I didn’t think of it ... as rape. I thought of it as a violent incident. I thought of it as a fight.”

During the 2016 presidential campaign, more than a dozen women accused Trump of sexual misconduct in earlier years. Trump has denied the allegations and said the women are lying.

The “not my type” remark isn’t the first time Trump has disparaged an accuser.

In 2016, after a former magazine writer accused Trump of assaulting her in 2005, he responded: “She lies! Look at her, I don’t think so.”

And when another woman claimed Trump groped her on an airplane in the early 1980s, he said, “Believe me — she would not be my first choice.”