Amidst the already existing controversies of 2016 US elections, President Donald Trump has been snapped with yet another allegation that tainted his image further. A former Trump campaign worker accused the then-Republican candidate of sexual harassment, bringing the issue in limelight of political debate.
Alva Johnson, who lives in Alabama, alleged that Trump had kissed her forcibly during the recent presidential race. Additionally, she also affirmed of experiencing race and sex discrimination, citing of being an African-American woman on the campaign. The ex-staffer said she was paid less than the white men working with her on same post.
The claim has been strongly denied by the White House and some individuals. However, four people claim that Johnson informed them about the incident afterward, while two others who were present during the incident said that they didn’t see it.
On Monday, Johnson filed a lawsuit in Florida claiming that in August 2016, Trump grabbed her hand and forcibly kissed her on lips inside an RV in Florida, without her consent. The lawsuit alleges that Johnson smelled a rat, as she “noticed that Defendant Trump was watching her and appeared to be trying to make eye contact with her.”
Later, the Secret Service notified Trump about his next rally, when Johnson urged him “to go in there and ‘kick ass’.” As per the complaint, Trump grasped her hand in that moment and appreciated her efforts.
As the accuser realized that “Defendant Trump was trying to kiss her on the mouth”, she turned her head to avoid it. “Defendant Trump kissed her anyway, and the kiss landed on the corner of her mouth,” the lawsuit states.
The incident was first reported by The Washington Post, in a statement to which, Johnson told, “I immediately felt violated because I wasn’t expecting it or wanting it.” She added, “I can still see his lips coming straight for my face.”
According to the reports, the lawsuit alleges that the incident was witnessed by several individuals, including then-State Director Karen Giorno, then-Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, as well as the Regional Directors Earl “Tony” Ledbetter, Mitch Tyner and Nick Corvino.
Amongst these, the allegations have been completely ridiculed by Bondi, whereas, Giorno didn’t state anything yet. On the other hand, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also called the accusation “absurd on its face”.
In a statement, Sanders said, “This never happened and is directly contradicted by multiple highly credible eye witness accounts.”
While the claims are not yet justified, they have in a way blemished Trump’s already deteriorating reputation, both on personal as well as political grounds. However, as the Presidential elections are nearing, the allegations can also be perceived as a mere political agenda.
Yet, considering Trump’s past, the probability of the complaint being legit are still more. As the issue seems to have a long future, it is unpredictable whether or not it will impact the 2020 elections.
The Democratic-led US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee came back after a six-week long recess on