• Shannan Johnson

Trump debate: Discussing sexual misconduct allegations against Trump

Here’s the thing: the current impeachment process has Donald Trump in some hot water, but it’s nothing he’s not used to. Flashback to when the #MeToo movement was at its prime and liberated women were speaking up about sexual harassment and assault. During this time, women came forward and accused the president of sexual misconduct.

Now I’m not and never was part of the more recent feminist movements. However, when I first heard of the allegations as a younger female, I distinctly remember almost immediately agreeing with the women accusing Trump. Then again, I lived in a world of lilies and butterflies where I trusted the first thing I heard and believed that bad people get to wear orange for the rest of their life... so let’s just say I wasn’t the most reliable.

As a slightly more mature young female, I research as much as I can before my opinions. And after research, the sexual misconduct allegations are mostly irrelevant for the time being, as in they carry no value with them.

Trump has denied every accusation of course and has gone as far to call women liars. For example, in retaliation to one accuser Natasha Stroynoff, Trump went on his twitter and said, “(The sexual misconduct) never happened. There is no merit or veracity to this fabricated story.”

There are around 17 women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct, but two are most important to understand the current situation. Those two being Summer Zervos and Jean Carrol.

Both have accused Trump of sexual misconduct. However, unlike others, the accusations still stand. Summer Zervos and Jean Carroll filed a lawsuit for defamation against Trump after he accused them and other women of being liars.

CNN reported that when Zervos filed her lawsuit in March 2019, Trump's legal team had argued that a sitting president cannot be sued. Associate Justice Dianne Renwick, who sits on the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, deniedTrump's effort to dismiss or delay the case.

According to NPR, Carrol, the other woman who filed for defamation accused Trump of raping her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the 1990’s. She said “I am filing this on behalf of every woman who has ever been harassed, assaulted, silenced or spoken up only to be shamed, fired, ridiculed and belittled.” Compared to the other women, she and Zervos still honors their word with each their own lawsuit, unlike the others who accused Trump only to fade in the distance.

The lawsuit and accusations still stand today, as for now it is not Trump's most prevalent issue with the current impeachment process. However, with a potential resurfacing of the lawsuits, it could further damage Trump's current image but the most it will likely do is continue to be marked in the “to be dealt with later pile.”

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