Trump’s Sexual Assault Accusers Horrified By His Victory
Kermit Williams Jr. | 11/17/2016, 9:20 a.m. | Updated on 11/17/2016, 9:20 a.m.
WASHINGTON ― More than a dozen women have accused President-elect Donald Trump of sexual misconduct, ranging from forcible kissing to assault. Many Americans who did not support Trump’s candidacy have grappled with shock since his election. But for these women, his win is also deeply personal.
“I’ve gone out with my girlfriends and had a pinch or a grab here and there, and I’d turn around and they were gone. But I turned around and it was Trump,” said Mindy McGillivray, who claims that Trump groped her at his Palm Beach estate, Mar-a-Lago, when she was 23.
McGillivray told The Huffington Post that in her eyes, Trump is a “habitual offender,” one whose behavior could affect his presidency. “I hope it doesn’t, because this is who we’re stuck with, and in my heart, I want to forgive and move on,” she said.
McGillivray said she didn’t feel comfortable with either candidate, but ultimately voted for Hillary Clinton. She doesn’t want to attack people who supported Trump, noting that, “they have their reasons.” But she pointed out that when she’s spoken with people, including Trump supporters, they’re “shocked when I say, ‘Hey, I’m one of those girls’” that he allegedly groped.
The prospect of a Trump presidency has shaken people in numerous communities, including immigrants, LGBT citizens, people of color and women who have experienced abuse or assault. Trump has repeatedly denigrated women using terms like “dogs” and “fat pigs.” As former co-owner of the Miss Universe organization, he bragged about getting away with walking into women’s dressing rooms. And after video surfaced of Trump boasting about groping women, a wave of accusers came forward to say that he had done it to them.
“He told us many times who he was,” said Jessica Drake, an adult film actress who alleges that Trump kissed her without consent and attempted to offer her money after she declined an invitation to accompany him to dinner and a party.
“I am disappointed that we as a country did not listen,” she added, in a statement sent by her attorney’s office.
“I worry that this will give license to other men to act that way,” said Cathy Heller, who alleges that about 20 years ago, Trump held her in place and kissed her on the lips after she tried to move away.
A Clinton supporter, Heller told HuffPost she was at a party on election night, and left after it became apparent that “things weren’t going well.” She said she finds it “shocking” that so many women voted for him. (Fifty-three percent of white women did, according to exit polls.) “There are probably 100 women out there who have stories like mine” or others, she said. But, “he denied it, and it didn’t seem to matter to people.”
“I’m hoping for the best, I really am,” Jill Harth, a makeup artist, who claims that Trump groped her in his daughter’s bedroom almost 20 years ago, told the Guardian. But she’s afraid he will leave many in the United States “as roadkill.”