Is Rape in Trump's DNA?
Given a chance to prove his innocence, the President acts like a man with something to hide
A lot has changed since E. Jean Carroll tweeted in February 2016 that: “The most dangerous woman is a woman who has nothing to lose. The most dangerous man is the man who has EVERYTHING to lose.”
In November 2016, Donald Trump was elected President.
In June 2019, E. Jean Carroll accused him of rape.
As NBC News wrote recently:
Trump has not only repeatedly denied the allegation, but has also denied ever meeting Carroll. When presented with a picture in which they were both photographed at a 1987 party alongside Carroll’s former husband, John Johnson, Trump maintained that he had “no idea” who Carroll is.
As he often does when accused of something, in the face of Carroll’s dramatic and highly detailed allegation, Trump has bounced from one defense to another: I don’t know her… she’s not my type… I’m photographed with a lot of people.
But the case hasn’t gone away. Carroll sued Trump for defamation in November 2019. As part of the suit, she requested a DNA sample from Trump, saying in a statement that: “unidentified male DNA on the dress could prove that Donald Trump not only knows who I am, but also that he violently assaulted me in a dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman and then defamed me by lying about it and impugning my character.”
Trump, who famously found time to golf over Memorial Day weekend as America’s coronavirus death toll surpassed 100,000, said through his lawyer that the request, which would take him three seconds to comply with, was “burdensome.”
But Carroll isn’t letting up. In recent weeks she has taken to Twitter to troll Trump repeatedly. When Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tried to dismiss the 25+ women who have accused Trump of rape and assault as “old allegations,” Carroll reminded the world that her allegation is at the center of a still-active court case:
When Trump tried to resurrect debunked conspiracy theories about Joe Scarborough, Carroll reminded the world of Trump’s own unwillingness to take a simple step to prove his own innocence in a case where it would be easy to do so:
When Trump screamed about the need to LAW & ORDER, Carroll asked what he was afraid of? The Law? Or the Order?
When Trump this week quoted a Senator’s warning that “defunding the police would be good for robbers and rapists,” Carroll shot back:
For a so-called “Law and Order” President, Individual Number One has no qualms about breaking the law — and letting others take the fall for him. He is the first President to sign a check for an illegal hush money payment while in the Oval Office. He has used NDAs aggressively, even in the White House, to keep people from revealing his secrets.
Perhaps most tellingly, when it comes to his own DNA… when accused of a violent attack by a high-profile and highly credible accuser… Trump chooses to let the allegations stand—and be re-aired repeatedly on Twitter—rather than submit to a simple, painless test could forever clear his name.
Many people are saying that, just as an innocent man wouldn’t plead the Fifth, a non-rapist would leap at the chance to exonerate himself with his own DNA.
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