By D. Allan Kerr
Former President Bill Clinton has never been convicted of rape or sexual assault, but Donald J. Trump wants everyone to know Clinton has been ACCUSED of these acts.
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has not been charged or convicted of any crimes, but Donald J. Trump wants everyone to know that if he were President of the United States she would “be in jail.”
The father of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has never been implicated in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, but Donald J. Trump wanted everyone to believe during the Republican primary that Pa Cruz used to hang out with assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.
“Right prior to his (Oswald) being shot and nobody even brings it up,” Trump said earlier this year. “I mean, they don’t even talk about that. That was reported and nobody talks about it.”
It’s not as if Trump himself is making these accusations – he’s just repeating what he’s heard. You know, “People are saying.” (In the Cruz case, it was the National Enquirer.) He believes voters have the right to know what kind of people are running for office.
He’s absolutely correct.
And in that same vein, using Trump’s own logic, I think people should know Trump is being ACCUSED of raping a 13-year-old girl.
No, this isn’t something I’m making up – this has actually been REPORTED.
The New York Daily News reported yesterday that a federal judge in Manhattan has scheduled a hearing for the civil lawsuit to take place in December. The newspaper reports that lawyers in the case “will also discuss whether both sides have talked about a settlement as well as a possible trial length.”
I mean, that sounds pretty serious to me.
According to this woman, who is using the name Jane Doe, Trump had sexual contact with her on four occasions in 1994 when she was 13 years old. During one of these instances described in The Huffington Post, she alleges he tied her to a bed and forcibly raped her while she pleaded with him to stop, even striking her violently in the face. Then she says Trump threatened that if she ever reported this she and her family would be “physically harmed if not killed.”
Trump would have been around 48 years old at the time, and married to his second wife.
Jane Doe remained so fearful of Trump she maintained her silence for several years, she says. Which is understandable, considering how irate the man gets when someone doesn’t endorse him for President of the United States, let alone accuse him of rape.
Initially she filed the lawsuit herself – well before the notorious “Access Hollywood” tape – but it was thrown out in May by a California judge because she cited laws not relevant to the case, according to The Huffington Post. Now she actually has a lawyer. The Indy Channel is reporting that attorney Cheney Mason, who helped get Casey Anthony acquitted in 2011 of murdering her daughter, is now representing Jane Doe.
The Huffington piece, written by attorney and legal analyst Lisa Bloom, explains the normal statute of limitations may not apply here due to “tolling.” In other words, since Jane Doe was ALLEGEDLY in fear for her life and did not have “freedom of will to institute suit earlier in time,” she should be allowed additional time.
“These are allegations that are completely unfounded but are alleged to have occurred more than 20 years ago by someone who refuses to give their name,” Trump attorney Alan Garten told The Daily News this week.
Now, I don’t know Alan Garten, but if he’s a bigshot lawyer I would assume he’s at least smart enough to know that rape victims, for some odd reason, often don’t want to be publicly identified.
But if these ACCUSATIONS are more than 20 years old, well, what’s the big deal right? Although I do seem to recall Trump bringing out a parade of alleged Bill Clinton victims from previous decades for a press conference last Sunday …
Wow, that’s weird – for a moment the words “SELF-RIGHTEOUS HYPOCRITE” flashed through my mind. Sorry, don’t know where THAT came from.
Anyway, this woman ACCUSES both Trump and his fellow billionaire Jeffrey Epstein of assaulting her during a series of sex parties. There is also a witness to all this, a woman called Tiffany Doe who says she served as Epstein’s “party planner” throughout the 1990s, according to the Huffington piece that ran back in June.
Epstein and Trump both deny the charges. You know, like the way Bill Clinton denied the charges against him.
However, Epstein IS a convicted pedophile and Level Three registered sex offender who served prison time in 2008. People have ACCUSED Epstein of recruiting underage girls as sex slaves, as documented in the recent book “Filthy Rich” by best-selling author James Patterson of Alex Cross fame.
He was also friends with both Bill Clinton and Trump. In fact, Trump once told New York magazine:
“I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”
Trump can claim that this is some kind of political stunt, but perhaps voters should know it isn’t the first time he’s been ACCUSED of sexual assaults.
For instance, his first wife, Ivana, stated under oath during their divorce proceedings in 1993 that Trump had raped her four years earlier. She later claimed in a written statement she hadn’t intended to use the term “in a literal or criminal sense.”
(You may recall when Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen made the curious claim last year that “by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse.”)
The Guardian reported another woman filed a $125 million federal lawsuit in 1997, claiming Trump attempted to rape her. The suit was later dropped when a separate business dispute between Trump and her husband was settled.
I don’t have the time or space to get into all the details here, but these things are pretty easy to find online. However, I can tell you the ACCUSATIONS detailed in these accounts share a very similar, Trumpian pattern. I’m just saying.
And now just this week, a former People magazine reporter and two women cited in The New York Times all say Trump groped and kissed them in the same manner as he described in the “Access Hollywood” tape.
“I turned around, and within seconds, he was pushing me against the wall, and forcing his tongue down my throat,” wrote former People scribe Natasha Stoynoff. Ironically, this was just prior to a joint interview with Trump and his wife, Melania, to mark their first anniversary, she said.
All the women say they were finally inspired to step forward when the candidate claimed during Sunday’s debate that he had never actually COMMITTED the acts he bragged about on tape.
Trump has denied all of these incidents, of course, but he’s also proven himself – again and again – to be what I describe as a chronological liar. And that’s already been pretty well documented in this space. Just saying.
Meanwhile, Trump supporters have lately taken up the “Bill Clinton is a rapist” meme at various rallies around the country. Now you’ve got to wonder if the tactic’s going to boomerang back on him.
You also have to wonder what kind of whackjob would keep pushing the Clinton sex allegations when he too seems to have this kind of personal history.
I do think the Donald is right about one thing, though – when stuff like this gets reported, people should talk about it.
(October 13, 2016)