Three of the growing group of women who have publicly claimed to have been the victims of President Donald Trump's alleged sexual misbehavior discussed their experiences on The Today Show with Megyn Kelly. Incidents of Trump's misconduct date back to the 1970s.
Samantha Holvey says that Trump had on more than one occaision walked into the dressing rooms of the Miss America pageant while she was competing. She claims she felt mistreated during her interactions with Trump.
"It was heartbreaking last year. We're private citizens and for us to put ourselves out there to try and show America who this man is and how he views women, and for them to say 'Eh, we don't care,' it hurt," said Holvey.
“It was not. It was ‘hi,’ just looking me over like I was just a piece of meat. I was not a human being. I didn’t have a brain, I didn’t have a personality,” she continued. “I was just simply there for his pleasure. It left me feeling gross, very dirty ... No one dreams of being ogled when you’re a little girl wanting to wear a crown."
Jessica Leeds says that she was non-consensually groped by Trump on a plane in the 70s.
“All of a sudden, he’s all over me. Kissing and groping, groping and kissing,” Leeds claims. “Nothing was said … It was just this silent groping going on ... I didn’t tell anyone then. I just thought, that’s some creep on the airplane.”
Rachel Crooks worked as a Trump Tower receptionist and says that Trump forced a kiss on her in 2005.
"I don't know what just happened but I felt terrible," Crooks recalled.
The women also collectively responded to the increasing cultural awareness of sexual harassment and how Trump's politics have shaped their attitudes: “Where do we draw the line as women coming together in this country saying no, we don’t want to be treated like that anymore?" asked Holvey. "We no longer accept this, it’s happened long enough. No. When does that happen?”
The White House's official position is that women speaking out about Trump's sexual misconduct are liars.
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