Start with the fact that liberal advice columnist E. Jean Carroll, making the unfounded rape allegations recently in New York Magazine, never alerted store security or a salesperson when the alleged assault took place. She didn’t file a police report, go to the hospital or go public with her story. All of which — if the allegations were true — could’ve protected other women and changed the course of history.
She did none of that, opting to tell two journalist friends privately instead. Now 24 years later while — surprise — she’s hawking a book, she goes on MSNBC for a TV interview Friday night and says looking back at the night of the alleged rape she wishes she had asked Trump for his tax returns. You read that right — his tax returns. She told anchor Lawrence O’Donnell, “I wish I had said to him I’ll tell you my age if you show me your tax returns.”
Seriously folks? A real rape victim looking back at a life-altering sexual assault might wish they never went to the place where they were attacked. They’d wish they didn’t engage with the alleged assailant as Carroll claims she did, helping him pick out sexy lingerie. Instead they’d wish they screamed for help or got out of harm’s way. But not Ms. Carroll. During the interview with O’Donnell — a Trump hater — she regrets not asking her alleged “rapist” for his tax returns.
Let that sink in.
Now add to it the former Saturday Night Live writer — which if you watch that show viciously mocks the president more than it cracks jokes — says she’s not going to press charges against Trump because she finds it “disrespectful” to the women who are down at the U.S. border getting raped without any protection.
Huh? Rape is a serious crime and anyone who commits such heinous acts should be held to account — unless of course, you’re making it up.
It’s also head-scratching that Carroll didn’t come forward with her allegations when over a dozen other women made sexual misconduct allegations against then-candidate Trump right before the 2016 presidential election, in what many consider to be a political hit job.
Why didn’t she tell her story then? Was her book not yet ready to be published?
In any case, the president has vehemently denied the allegations, saying it “never happened.” In a statement released Friday he said, “I’ve never met this person in my life. She is trying to sell a new book — that should indicate her motivation. It should be sold in the fiction section.”
He added, “False accusations diminish the severity of real assault. All should condemn false accusations and any actual assault in the strongest possible terms. If anyone has information that the Democratic Party is working with Ms. Carroll or New York Magazine, please notify us as soon as possible.”
Until then Americans must remember that in our country we have the presumption of innocence. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Unless Ms. Carroll provides evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that her allegations are true, voters shouldn’t fall for yet another hoax perpetuated against the president for personal gain — or political purposes.