Ever since Harvey Weinstein was fired for sexual assault, men and women alike have been speaking up about their alleged assaults hoping something will be done about their cases — and many people have been fired for sexual assault.
In early December 2017, two senators called for Trump to resign over the growing sexual assault allegations against him. Matt Lauer was kicked off of the Today show. Kevin Spacey was fired from House of Cards. Dr. Larry Nassar, who treated hundreds of Olympians, is in jail.
The list of punishment goes on, but Trump isn't included. He’s still in the White House despite being accused of sexual assault and/or misconduct by at least 25 different women.
In 2017, when these allegations first came out, three women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct appeared on Today and spoke with Megyn Kelly:
“For us to put ourselves out there to try to show America who this man is and especially how he views women and for them to say ‘Eh, we don’t care,’ it hurt. Trump accuser Samantha Holvey on @MegynTODAY pic.twitter.com/BIWZCYlQzA
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 11, 2017
The allegations seem to have no impact on Mr. President, though democratic senators Cory Booker and Jeff Merkley have called for Trump’s resignation.
"I want to be absolutely clear. Donald Trump should resign the presidency,” said Sen. Merkley in an email. "At least 17 women have accused Donald Trump of horrific sexual misconduct, and I believe them. Moreover, he's bragged on tape about that behavior. This is not about politics. This is not about policy. I disagree with him on many things, but this is not about that."
The number of women claiming Trump abused them is large, but the White House has denied every allegation, and have essentially called all these women liars. Yes, even after the infamous Hollywood Access video was made public.
“Is the official White House position that all of these women are lying?” a CBS news reporter asked White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in October 2017.
“Yeah, we’ve been clear on that from the beginning, and the president’s spoken on it,” Sanders replied.
That December, some of the women who have accused Trump appeared at a press conference.
NEW: Women who have publicly accused President Trump of sexual harassment and assault will speak at a news conference, hosted by @bravenewfilms, Monday at 10:30 a.m. ET. The women are calling for an investigation by Congress of sexual misconduct by the president. pic.twitter.com/MSPevMF0os
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 11, 2017
But since then, there have been new accusations and legal roadbumps in holding Trump accountable. Let’s take some time to recall all of the women who have accused Trump of sexual assault and their stories.
1. Jessica Leeds (1980s)
Leeds said that Trump allegedly touched her while sitting next to her on a flight to New York. She claims he grabbed her breasts and tried to reach up her skirt. Leeds felt assaulted and quickly moved to the back of the plane away from Trump.
“He was an octopus. His hands were everywhere,” she said. After the incident, she ran into Trump at a gala where he called her the C word. "He called me the worst name ever. It was shocking. It was like a bucket of cold water being thrown over me," she recalled.
Trump denied this event and told the New York Times, “None of this ever happened.” He also addressed the allegations at a rally, insinuating Leeds wasn't attractive enough for him to assault. "People that are willing to say, 'Oh, I was with Donald Trump in 1980, I was sitting with him on an airplane, and he went after me.' Believe me, she would not be my first choice," he said.
2. Ivana Trump (1989)
Trump’s ex-wife Ivana claimed the president raped her during their marriage. The story first came out in a book published by Harry Hurt III titled Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump. An excerpt said, "Then he jams his penis inside her for the first time in more than 16 months. Ivana is terrified... It is a violent assault."
She claimed he had a painful scalp surgery and lashed out at her afterwards, ripping out her hair and tearing her clothes. According to the book, Ivana locked herself in her room and cried.
“[O]n one occasion during 1989, Mr. Trump and I had marital relations in which he behaved very differently toward me than he had during our marriage. As a woman, I felt violated, as the love and tenderness, which he normally exhibited towards me, was absent. I referred to this as a ‘rape,’ but I do not want my words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense,” she said.
Trump’s legal counsel at the time, Michael Cohen, told The Daily Beast that Trump “never raped anybody.” During the same interview, Cohen also incorrectly said that you cannot rape a spouse.
3. Jill Harth (1992-1993)
Harth met Trump in 1992 to recruit him for a festival. She says he immediately began making sexual advances on her.
She claims Trump groped her under the table at dinner with beauty pageant contestants. Later, in 1993, Trump wanted to see the women he was sponsoring. Harth visited his mansion to finalize a deal, and he made another unwanted advance in one of the children’s bedrooms.
“He pushed me up against the wall, and had his hands all over me and tried to get up my dress again,” Harth said. “And I had to physically say: ‘What are you doing? Stop it.’ It was a shocking thing to have him do this because he knew I was with George, he knew they were in the next room. And how could