E. Jean Carroll Says Rape Charges Against Trump Would Be Disrespectful to Women at the Border

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Author E. Jean Carroll, who recently accused President Trump of raping her in a department store dressing room nearly 25 years ago, told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell that she will not seek rape charges against Trump because it would be “disrespectful” to women who are “raped around the clock” at the border.

O’Donnell asked Carroll if she would “consider bringing a rape charge” against Trump. She said she would not out of respect for women on the border — and around the world — who are being raped “around the clock.”

“I would find it disrespectful to the women who are down on the border who have been raped around the clock down there without any protection,” she explained.

“Mine was three minutes. I’m a mature woman. I can handle it. I can keep going. You know my life has gone on. I’m a happy woman,” she continued. 

“But for the women down there, and for the women — actually, around the world. You know every culture this is going on no matter high in society or low in society. It just seems disrespectful that I would bring — it just doesn’t make sense to me.”

New York Magazine published an excerpt from Carroll’s new book What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal, in which she accuses Trump of raping her. She claims the alleged incident occurred in a dressing room at the Bergdorf Goodman department store nearly 25 years ago, in 1995.

There is no evidence to back up her claims — no tape, witnesses, or reports.

Trump responded to the allegations in a statement Friday, noting that he “never met” Carroll in his life.

“I’ve never met this person in my life,” Trump said in a statement. “She is trying to sell a new book — that should indicate her motivation. It should be sold in the fiction section.”

“It’s just as bad for people to believe it, particularly when there is zero evidence,” he continued. “Worse still for a dying publication to try to prop itself up by peddling fake news — it’s an epidemic.”

Trump condemned the story a final time and asked anyone with information on the possibility of an undisclosed collaboration between Carroll and the Democrat Party to notify his team.

“If anyone has information that the Democratic Party is working with Ms. Carroll or New York Magazine, please notify us as soon as possible,” Trump continued.

“The world should know what’s really going on,” he added. “It is a disgrace and people should pay dearly for such false accusations.”

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