Rachel Crooks, who is one of the at least 13 women who have claimed to have experienced sexual misconduct at the hands of Donald Trump, expressed dismay at how few people took her claims “seriously” when she came forward over a year ago to accuse the president of forcefully kissing her.
Crooks appeared on CNN this morning to discuss her experience with the president, the rising wave of harassment allegations, and Sunday’s Billy Bush — the interviewer behind the infamous Access Hollywood tape — op-ed confirming Trump did in fact say the “grab ’em by the pussy” comment.
Crooks told New Day‘s Alisyn Camerota the following:
“I thought people would take it seriously. I mean, being the president of the United States is such a highly regarded position, you want someone, I think, of good character. And this is obviously evidence not of that. He certainly has some flaws, and I thought people would — I don’t know — take that into account at the polls… I think it’s just evidence of sort of the political atmosphere these days, we’re forgotten by politicians who think it’s more convenient to keep Trump in office, you know, have him just sweeping his indiscretions under the rug.”
Additionally, Crooks — who was a 22-year-old receptionist at Trump Tower at the time of the alleged incident — said she would like to see the president “held accountable” for these claims, whether that means Congress launching an investigation or him being voted out of office in the next election.
She also went on to say that Trump should make a “first step for him to acknowledge his behavior and apologize.”
As for Bush — whose laughter at Trump’s lewd remarks cost him his job last year — Crooks said she wishes men in those positions would stand up to people like the president and say that “it’s not okay.”
Despite his seeming admission to a history of such behavior with the Access Hollywood tape and other comments, Trump has denied the allegations of all 13 women accusing him.
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