Trump responded to the accusations laid out in E. Jean Carroll’s cover story in New York Magazine last Friday by accusing her of lying and encouraging his followers to harass her. The official statement relies heavily on the false narrative that there’s an “epidemic” of false rape accusations done for political gain and says that Carroll should “pay dearly” for daring to come forward.
“If anyone has information that the Democratic Party is working with Ms. Carroll or New York Magazine, please notify us as soon as possible,” the statement reads. “The world should know what’s really going on. It is a disgrace and people should pay dearly for such false accusations.”
E. Jean Carroll alleges Donald Trump attacked her at a New York luxury department store in the late 1990s.— CNN (@CNN) June 24, 2019
Trump has denied the allegations, saying, “I have no idea who this woman is.”
E. Jean Carroll joins Alisyn Camerota to tell her story. (Part 1) https://t.co/6gAgPW15KS pic.twitter.com/M5Ebw54d7f
This is an open invitation for digital vigilantes to hack into Carroll’s private accounts and generally harass her. The statement also brings up Julie Swetnick and claims that she falsely accused Brett Kavanaugh as though it’s a fact. Remember how Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was driven from her home by death threats after she came forward?
Donald Trump also repeatedly stated that he had never met Carroll in interviews over the weekend in spite of a photo surfacing that shows the two of them chatting at a party in 1987.
The White House today issued a statement from President Trump denying that he ever met E. Jean Carroll in his life. Here's the @NYMag photo of the two of them talking in 1987 pic.twitter.com/RqVH4Qe2mx— David Frum (@davidfrum) June 21, 2019
“It’s a total false accusation,” he said. “I don’t know anything about her. She’s made this charge against others, and you know, people have to be careful, because they are playing with very dangerous territory.”
Carroll responded to Trump’s predictable response during an interview with CNN this morning. In addition to giving more details of the assault, she expressed how tired she is of watching the same formula play out again and again when it comes to sexual assault accusations against the President.
E. Jean Carroll on Trump denying rape accusation she made against him: "With all the 16 women who have come forward, it's the same -- he denies he, he turns it around, he attacks, & he threatens. Then everybody forgets it, & then the next woman comes along. And I am sick of it." pic.twitter.com/OuP20AvKTF— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 24, 2019
“With all the 16 women who have come forward, it’s the same – he denies, he turns it around, he attacks, and he threatens,” she said. “Then everybody forgets it, and then the next woman comes along. And I am sick of it.”
Carroll also dismissed the accusation that she’s lying for some kind of political gain by pointing out that she is not exactly a senator.
"This is not political," E. Jean Carroll said of her decision to talk publicly about Trump. "Sexual violence is not political." https://t.co/Nc9X0pGd1m— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 22, 2019
“I’m barely political. I can’t name you the candidates who are running right now.”
The other women who have come forward have experienced zero political gain for their efforts, and Dr. Ford is still getting threats. The public harassment of Carroll is already well underway.
@ejeancarroll Are you the new lying Christine Blasey Ford? I'm surprised any man would want to touch you. They probably don't. Must be your frustration. I guess you have nothing to lose so that makes you dangerous, huh? I wouldn't give you the time of day. You're a joke.— Debbie Edwards (@edwardsdebbie10) June 21, 2019
The latest analysis of data puts the rate of false accusations for rape at less than one percent. You’re 15 times more likely to be accused of murder than be accused of rape.