‘We Were Pieces of Meat’: Women Call for Congressional Probe into Trump

“In an objective setting, without question, a person with this record would have entered the graveyard of political aspirations, never to return. Yet here we are with that man as president.”

(L-R) Rachel Crooks, a former receptionist in Trump Tower in 2005, Jessica Leeds and Samantha Holvey, a former Miss North Carolina, speak at news conference for the film "16 Women and Donald Trump" which focuses on women who have publicly accused President Trump of sexual misconduct, in Manhattan, New York, December 11, 2017. / REUTERS

Several women accusing President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct have come together to publicly reaffirm their stories and call on Congress to hold him accountable.

Samantha Holvey, a former Miss USA contestant, said that while women unsuccessfully came forward in 2016, the national climate has changed in the wake of allegations against disgraced media mogul Harvey Weinstein — and, subsequently, many others — and the resurgence of the powerful #MeToo movement.

“Let’s try round two,” she said after a news conference. “The environment’s different, let’s try again.”

On CNN, Holvey recalled times in 2006 when Trump would walk backstage while the women were getting dressed.

VIDEO: Holvey speaks out on CNN: Trump inspected us

She also told about an incident during a Trump Towers media tour before the 2006 Miss USA pageant.

“He lined all 51 of us up, and I thought it was going to be, ‘Hi, how are you, nice to meet you,’ that type of kind of meet and greet thing. It was not. It was him going down and one by one, looking us over, like we were pieces of meat, and he was trying to decide which piece of meat he wanted,” Holvey said on CNN.

Holvey recalled that on finals night he went backstage while the women were getting ready and dressed in nothing but robes.

“He comes walking backstage, and I’m so startled, like, ‘What are you doing back here?’” Holvey said.

“And then I saw him walk into the dressing room, just like he has bragged about on Howard Stern.”

Holvey is referring to comments Trump made on “The Howard Stern Show” in 2005.

“I’ll go backstage before a show, and everyone’s getting dressed and ready and everything else, and you know, no men are anywhere, and I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the pageant, and therefore I’m inspecting it,” he said at the time.

Trump owned the Miss Universe Organization from 2002 until 2015, in a joint venture with NBC Universal. In 2015 NBC chose to cut ties with the then presidential candidate following his disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants. Trump bought NBC’s remaining shares of the Miss Universe Organization and sold the entire venture to WME/IMG just two years ago.

During this decade-and-a-half span that Trump owned the organization, not only did he face zero consequences for his predatory behavior — he was being paid a lot of money in the process. CNN Money reported in 2015: “Trump’s financial disclosure forms indicated that the joint venture was worth between $5 million and $25 million. The pageant organization generated $3.4 million in income for him in 2014.”

In contrast, while Trump received a paycheck and the Oval Office despite his sexual misconduct, Rep. Trent Franks, Rep. John Conyers and Sen. Al Franken have all stepped down in light of accusations against them. In his announcement Franken noted the fact that the most powerful man to be accused remains untouched.

“I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party,” he said, also making a nod at Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who stands accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls while in his 30s. The Republican National Committee is once again providing financial aid to his campaign after Trump announced his support for the accused predator.

VIDEO: Melinda McGillivray accuses Trump of groping her on “Megyn Kelly Today”

Despite Trump’s admission on “The Howard Stern Show” and the accounts of his victims, the White House denied the claims by Holvey and others, saying in part in a statement, “The timing and absurdity of these false claims speaks volumes.”

But Trump has spoken for himself, Holvey pointed out.

“He brags about this,” she said on CNN. “It’s not that I’m accusing him. I’m simply verifying what he himself has said.”

VIDEO: Former contestant on Trump’s “The Apprentice” accuses him of unwanted sexual advances

“It’s just so disgusting that he brags about it and people are coming at me saying, ‘You’re lying, you’re lying.’”

In total, 15 women have publicly accused Trump of actions ranging from sexual harassment to sexual assault, according to media reports.

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More than a dozen women have accused Trump of making unwanted sexual advances against them.

Jessica Leeds appeared with Holvey on NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today” on Monday morning and also recalled her encounter with Trump. She said Trump groped her and tried to go up her skirt while they were on a plane.

VIDEO: Three women reiterate sexual harassment claims against Trump

A third woman, Rachel Crooks, said Trump forcefully kissed her on the mouth in 2005 while she was working as a receptionist for Bayrock Group.

At a press conference the three women called for a congressional probe into the allegations.

VIDEO: Three Trump accusers call for a congressional probe        

“In an objective setting, without question, a person with this record would have entered the graveyard of political aspirations, never to return,” Crooks said. “Yet here we are with that man as president.”

“In some areas of our society, people are being held accountable for unwanted behavior. But we are not holding our president accountable for what he is and who he is,” Leeds said.

VIDEO: Woman details alleged attempted rape by Trump: “Don’t call me a liar”

Multiple senators have called for President Donald Trump to step down in light of the accusations against him. Knowing that the odds of this are slim to none, several — including Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Ron Wyden, as well as Rep. Lois Frankel — have urged for a congressional probe into the allegations.

On Tuesday Trump took a swing at Gillibrand on Twitter.

“Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!”

In response Gillibrand tweeted:

“You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office.”

The accusations against Trump follow a pattern, though. According to the Associated Press, he invoked the Fifth Amendment 97 times during a divorce deposition: “In 1990, during his divorce from first wife Ivana, Trump invoked the Fifth Amendment nearly 100 times, mostly ‘in response to questions about ’other women,’’ according Wayne Barrett’s biography ‘Trump: The Greatest Show on Earth.’”

This follows Trump’s previous statements that invoking the right to silence equates to guilt. He directed this bit of advice to fellow accused sexual predator Bill Cosby.

“I am no fan of Bill Cosby but never-the-less some free advice – if you are innocent, do not remain silent. You look guilty as hell!”

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  • Due process – few men have gotten it lately, Trump probably won’t either.
    But bring on President Pence. I’m sure he’ll be a more coinsistent and principled conservative than Trump.

    • He struck out in his home state. Homophobic oddball. The CEOs in his state finally had to bring him to heal because they found it impossible to recruit people in that environment. The backlash to this mess should include rewarding states that are economically successful and penalizing, from federal funding standpoint, states that are not.

  • Here is something that bothers me a great deal about this whole thing (well – just one of many things) and it’s this….. On my personal facebook page, a post is going around that shows 2 pictures side by side. One being Melania Trump, the other is one of Donald’s victims – Samantha Holvey. She is the oldest of the 3 women recently stepping forward calling for a congressional hearing. Pointing to both pictures the question was asked that if you had “this” meaning Melania, why would you even touch “this one” meaning Ms Holvey. The comments were rude, crude and disrespectful – and women commented in as well. They called her everything from old to ugly. Ugly was a big one. As a victim of incest as a child, rape and assult as an adult, I can tell you for certainty that sicko perverts don’t care if you are young, old, ugly or attractive – all you are is a piece of meat to be degraded for their own pleasure. Haven’t we as a society learned that assault and rape – in ALL varying degrees – is NOT about beauty and sex…. it’s about power and degradation, violence and self gratification. I am horrified and sickened to have read this post and the put down of a woman who did nothing wrong being compared to some rich bitch who won’t even hold her husband’s hand. I supposed that I am not really shocked – in hindsight. But I wonder… what is wrong with people. and how is the put down of any victim ever ok? I wrote once before that there are many reasons why a person does not come out against her attacker/abuser – sometimes for many decades. I understand holding back my own horrific past at the hands of an abuser – for almost 50 years (I am now 56). I understand. I believe. I support all victims. Shame on those who say she is too old and ugly to have been touched. She is older now…. but just the Donald’s type years ago. Society needs to stop blaming the victim. I hope that congress takes him down and the bastard rots in hell.

    • Congrats Susan, something that finally hit you showing you that life isn’t fair and their are those that need support. In short, stand with those that have been abused and raise your voice in their support.

    • Susan- Your courage as a survivor and condemnation of bastards like tRump is commendable. You’re absolutely right! Many 80 year old women in worn-out house dresses are raped by men like tRump, Whinestein, Cosby, Moore and other sexual deviants. There’s a dual threat with these powerful sexual predators–they are as scary as any Mafioso in demanding silence for years from their victims. That’s why it takes women so long to develop courage to speak out [in large numbers].

    • And Leeds was in her 30’s when it happened. But, you’re right, sexual assault is more about power than about sexual attraction. God bless you for speaking out!

    • Charity Dell

      SUSAN–the BLAME THE VICTIM Mentality is par for the course in ALL cultures and civilizations on this planet.
      Many populations who have been DEGRADED and cruelly treated by those in power internalize the oppression.
      Most females in MOST human societies are automatically entitled to THE RIGHT TO BE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED.
      It is hard for females to fight back, and rarely are females TRAINED HOW TO FIGHT BACK AND SURVIVE.

      Your analysis is spot on and I am glad you shared your experiences. You are RIGHT about the sicko-perverts, and it
      is NOT about beauty or even the fact that the sicko-pervert is ALREADY MARRIED and enjoying all the sex they want.
      Apparently, it’s never enough–they have to constantly get sex OUTSIDE the marriage and they don’t care how they
      trample any female of any age to get it.

      I DID fight back legally against a sexual predator on my job, my wretched, adulterous supervisor. He had no idea what I intended to do if he EVER laid a hand on me…but although I did fight back, my attorney did NOT follow through and I had no money and no legal help. I know why victims don’t bother with lawyers and why victims turn to violent means to get rid
      of these perpetrators.

  • Wonder how many black men hanged, by the neck, for moves on white women were true?

    • People like you PIANKI (AKA Pain-in-the-rear, AKA oozing ass wart) are the low life trash that run to the voting stations to put molesters and pedophiles in office. Roy Pedophile Moore lost tonight. The tide is turning.

    • Pianki-I don’t get the gist of your comment, but there has ALWAYS been a double standard for white rapists since slavery. If white rapists were lynched as Black men were, there wouldn’t be enough rope or trees to hold them. Like the opiod crisis that’s killing weak white folks in droves, FEMA wouldn’t have enough caskets to bury over 50 of them daily.

      There’s some truth to your statement that I find compelling as a Black woman. Since white women have LIED and CRIED RAPE in every decade, it’s hard to believe them. While these damned delusional DOUBLE STANDARD white men were quick to lynch Black men based on white lies, he didn’t do so to the WORST sexual predators that ever walked planet Earth: Pale-faced men who look like you tRump, Moore “itty-bitty-titty” and WHINEstein.

      Your ancestral white lynchers took children like Sarah Huckabilly, Kayla Moore and Judge Piro to lynchings training them early to become psychopathic/sociopathic liars and defenders of killing, wickedness and evil. In every lynching picture, there’s little smiling white children like you looking up at a bloated corpse laughing at his bugged eyes and tongue hanging out like a dog’s. Every time I see those pictures, I thank GOD that I’m NOT a member of the white, genocidal rapists/lynchers of innocent BLACK LIVES because they matter to GOD.

    • It didn’t matter. Lynching — like sexual assault — was more about the perpetrators asserting dominance than anything done by the victims.

    • Charity Dell

      PIANKI–The answer to your question is NONE.
      They hanged BECAUSE THEY WERE BLACK.
      That is all.

    • Marc-Spoken like a REAL sexual predator and deviant. Grapes aren’t usually sour because they ripen with age, but sour krauts remain bitter. Growing up in Milwaukee with lots of Germans, I know more about SOUR krauts, not sweet grapes that taste like truth.

  • Most men like tRump believe it is their unmitigated prerogative to treat women like pieces of meat. That’s all we are to, not only rich and powerful men, but broke and weak ones.

    It’s a double standard that everyone else is forced to step down except the main Republican hypocrite who is always preaching about God, the Constitution, and family values. He needs to be fired for trampling on the 5th over 90 times–NFL players haven’t taken a knee that many times.

    The obvious fact remains. Since slavery, as long as we have more wicked women like Sarah Huckabilly, Camille Cosby, Killary, Melania, and Roy Moore’s wife defending these lustful, lewd sexual predators, this egregious conduct will NEVER stop. These ditzy dummies are in the majority standing by their MAN!

    • “Sarah Huckabilly, Camille Cosby, Killary, Melania, and Roy Moore’s wife….” One of these things is not like the others.

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