Top conservative activist Bob Vander Plaats, the president and CEO of The Family Leader, said the multiple women who accused President Trump of sexual misconduct “need to be heard,” calling on Congress to investigate Trump.
“A lot of these ladies came forth in the election, and for whatever reason, the American people said ‘we’re going to give the presidency to Donald Trump,’” Vander Plaats said in an interview on Iowa Public Radio. “That doesn’t mean their issue went away because he became president.”
“I think if these ladies need to be heard on this — and I think they probably should be heard, then let’s let the facts play out,” he continued. “I don’t think it should be really dismissed.”
The evangelical leader, who endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the 2016 presidential race, also said he supports a Congressional investigation into the accusations against Trump.
Vander Plaats remarks come days after three of Trump’s accusers held a press conference also calling for a Congressional investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations against him.
“If they were willing to investigate Sen. [Al] Franken [D-Minn.], it’s only fair that they do the same for Trump,” Rachel Crooks, who alleged Trump forcibly kissed her 12 years ago at Trump Tower, said at the press conference.
The following day Trump took to Twitter to claim he didn’t know the women, calling their accusations “false.”
“Despite thousands of hours wasted and many millions of dollars spent, the Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia – so now they are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met,” Trump tweeted. “FAKE NEWS!”
At least 16 women during the 2016 presidential campaign accused Trump of sexually harassing or assaulting them, with at least 13 women coming forward with witnesses.