There is growing pressure for an investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct levelled against US President Donald Trump, with three of his alleged victims appearing on US television this morning and several senators calling for his resignation.
The renewed interest comes after Democratic Senator for Minnesota Al Franken resigned on Thursday after eight women publicly accused him of sexual assault, The Hill reports.
In his final speech to the senate, Franken professed his innocence – that he remembers the incidents differently – and said it’s “ironic” he is leaving while “Trump, a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and another man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party” – the latter example referring to Republican candidate for the senate seat of Alabama, Roy Moore.
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Trump endorsed Moore at a Florida rally on Friday night despite several woman accusing the candidate of sexual misconduct, including one woman who says she was 14 when the abuse took place, Politico reports.
All this hypocrisy led to three women – Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks – appearing on several morning television programs as well as a live press conference, recounting their alleged experiences of sexual harassment at the hands of Trump and calling for an investigation into his behaviour.
“I would love to see CCTV footage of inside Trump tower the day he kissed me,” Crooks told Today host Megyn Kelly. “If they were willing to investigate Senator Franken, I think it’s only fair they do the same for Trump.”
Crooks was 22 when she introduced herself to Trump while working as a receptionist at Trump Tower in 2005. She alleges he shook her hand and kissed her on both cheeks, however he didn’t let her hand go and continued kissing her cheeks “over and over again”. She alleges he offered to find her modelling work, and then kissed her on the mouth forcefully and without her consent.
“Why is he immune to this?” Crooks asked while appearing on CNN New Day. “You can’t help but wonder why people aren’t talking about Trump and the people who’ve come forward against him.”