George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, ripped into President Trump on Saturday for telling an “easily disprovable Trumpian lie” after he claimed to have never met writer E. Jean Carroll following her rape allegation brought against him, saying if he “bothered to glance” at her account then he would’ve noticed a photo of them together from 1987.
In an official White House statement denying E. Jean Carroll's claim that Donald Trump raped her, the president says "I've never met this person in my life."
Here's a photo of them together. pic.twitter.com/1ROaiiPykw
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In The Washington Post opinion piece, Conway wrote that it would be “hypocritical” of Republicans who promoted Juanita Broaddrick’s charges of sexual assault against former President Clinton to not condemn Trump in response to a new allegation of rape brought against him.
“Republicans or conservatives who promoted Broaddrick’s charges would be hypocritical if they fail to champion Carroll and condemn Trump,” Conway, lawyer and husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, wrote in an op-ed published by The Washington Post on Saturday.
Conway noted that Trump brought three of Bill Clinton’s sexual misconduct accusers to the second presidential debate in October 2016, including Broaddrick.
“The next night, at a campaign rally in Ambridge, Pa., Trump quoted Broaddrick as saying ‘Hillary Clinton threatened me after Bill Clinton raped me,’ and called Bill Clinton ‘a predator,’ ‘the worst abuser of women ever to sit in the Oval Office,’” he continued.
“Broaddrick had told her story nearly two decades earlier, first to the media, and then later in a book,” Conway wrote. “She had recounted how, in 1978, Clinton asked her up to his hotel room. How he allegedly forced himself upon her. How she tried to pull away. How he allegedly bit her lip, then later told her to put ice on it. How she sobbed. How she told some of her friends. How she didn’t tell the police. Clinton denied her accusations.”
Conway said a “similar allegation” was brought against Trump on Friday by writer E. Jean Carroll, who alleged in her new book that Trump raped her in a dressing room of a Bergdorf Goodman department store in Manhattan in the mid-1990s.
“She, too, tells a story about how she was alone with a man. How in 1995 or 1996 that man, Trump, allegedly forced himself upon her. How she tried to fight back. How she tried to push him away and tried to stomp on his foot,” Conway wrote. “How he penetrated her. How she ran out the door. How she told friends. How she didn’t tell the police.”
“Trump also denied the accusations, calling them ‘fake news’ and adding, ‘She is trying to sell a new book — that should indicate her motivation. It should be sold in the fiction section,’” Conway continued.
Conway then juxtaposed Trump’s reaction to Carroll’s allegation with his treatment of Broaddrick, whom the lawyer noted Trump called “courageous.”
Conway said that he believed Carroll’s story was more credible than Broaddrick’s claims, saying, “Carroll’s claim, for a number of reasons, actually rests upon a significantly stronger foundation than Broaddrick’s.”
“For one thing, before she went public with her story, Broaddrick had repeatedly denied that Clinton had assaulted her, even under oath,” Conway wrote.
“For another, Carroll’s account is supported by the sheer number of claims that have now surfaced against Trump — claims in which women have accused Trump of engaging in unwelcome or forcible sexual conduct or assault against them,” he continued.
Conway then listed what he called an “easily disprovable Trumpian lie.”
“Finally, no controversy involving Trump would be complete without at least one utterly brazen, easily disprovable Trumpian lie,” Conway wrote. “In his statement denying the rape allegation, he added the claim that ‘I’ve never met this person in my life.’”
“If Trump had even bothered to glance at Carroll’s published account, he would have seen a photograph of himself and his then-wife, Ivana, from 1987 ― in which he was amiably chatting with Carroll and her then-husband,” he added.