There have a number of women who, as Donald Trump campaigned and then won the presidency, made claims that he kissed them without permission, or groped them.
Trump has denied those claims, and voters made their decision on the allegations in the 2016 election when they chose him to occupy the Oval Office, over the Democrat candidate, Hillary Clinton.
Now there have been a few more women making new accusations against the president, accusations he also denies.
But some of their stories have weak points, such as the claim by a New York cosmetics executive who accused Trump of sexually assaulting her in the 1990s.
It’s because the same woman “repeatedly solicited” Trump to become his campaign makeup artist, and “to pitch her new product line in the months before her story roiled the 2016 president race.”
The report comes from the Hill, which investigated the woman’s claims, her contemporaneous emails, and more.
“Hi Donald, you are doing a tremendous job of shaking things up in the United States. I am definitely on Team Trump as so many others are,” was the message from Jill Harth to Trump in an Oct. 1, 2015, email.
“I can’t watch television without seeing you or hearing your name everywhere! It’s a good thing for sure but PLEASE let me do your makeup for a television interview, a debate, a photo session, anything!” Harth wrote. “It kills me to see you looking too orange and with white circles under the eyes. I will get your skin looking smoother and even toned.”
She also volunteered to be a campaign surrogate for Trump, explaining to voters how he “helped me with my self-confidence and all positive things about how he is with women.”
It was in a 1997 lawsuit by Harth, later withdrawn, the report said, where the language was far different.”
There she alleged during a January 1993 meeting at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, he pushed her against a wall and groped her, trying to get his hands up her dress.
She explained reporters found her old litigation involving Trump, and resurrected it, pushing her name into the public domain, and that resulted in a series of 2016 campaign interviews in which she repeated her claims.
While, at virtually the same time, approaching Trump’s assistants, and sending personal appeals directly to Trump, seeking his help.
“She said she asked to be hired as his campaign makeup artist, to have Trump consider investing in her new male cosmetics line and to ask Trump to be the pitchman for her ‘Made Man’ trademarked line of male beauty products,” the Hill said.
She explained she was “flattering” in her pitches to Trump in order to satisfy his “ego,” and confirmed the passage of time left her comfortable with the idea of working for Trump.
“I was older, wiser. Trump was married to Melania and I had hoped he was a changed man,” she explained.
There have been about 20 accusers, and Trump has uniformly denied harassing or assaulting women.
There was, during the 2016 election race, a recording in which he boasts “famous men like him can grab women by the genitals without consequence,” a comment he dismissed as “locker room talk,” the Hill said.
Harth said she even made a pitch to Trump in person at a South Carolina campaign event.
“We met and we had an understanding that we would let ‘sleeping dogs lie’ in regards to that old complaint,” she told the Hill.
“I have always been very fond of Donald and I CARE about him,” she even wrote one of his staffers.
But she told the Hill her opinion now is that “Trump should resign or be investigated and impeached. Leopards don’t change their spots.”
The real story behind another woman’s complaint about Trump came recently when three of the accusers were interviewed on television by Megyn Kelly.
It was Holvey who wrote on NBC that she met Trump while competing in the Miss USA pageant, which Trump owned for a time.
“As I shook his hand and introduced myself, I realized that he was more interested in what my body looked like than anything I had to say. He eyed me like a piece of meat. I was shocked and disgusted. I have never felt so objectified. I left the meet-and-greet hoping that this would be my one and only encounter with him,” she complained.
She explains she found out she was “the only woman who alleges she was harassed or even assaulted by our now-president.”
She claims the experience she had is “not” OK.
Online, there are multiple lists of those women accusing Trump of misbehaving, and sometimes even listing those who claim to have been told about the behavior over the years.
Not surprisingly, the women making the claims, and their backers, often offer accounts that vary widely from accounts by Trump or other witnesses.