By the time President Donald Trump took office in January, more than a dozen women had accused him of groping them or other types of sexual misconduct, even assault, dating back to the 1970s. Three of the women accusing him of sexual misconduct appeared Monday on Megyn Kelly TODAY to share their experiences 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 Samantha Holvey, who claims Trump would walk into dressing rooms during the Miss America pageant in 2006. She competed that year in the pageant.
“No one dreams of being ogled when you’re a little girl wanting to wear a crown,” she said.
Joining Holvey on Megyn Kelly TODAY was also Jessica Leeds, who says Trump groped her on a plane in the 1970s, and Rachel Crooks, a Trump Tower receptionist who alleges he kissed her on the mouth in 2005.
Trump denied all of the claims during the presidential campaign, dismissing some of his accusers as improbably targets because of their looks.
“When you looked at that horrible woman last night, you said ‘I don’t think so!'” he said during one campaign event.
Trump also has denied the claims while in office through White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who said all of his accusers are liars.
“Yeah, we’ve been clear on that from the beginning and the president’s spoken on it,” she said in October.
Over the weekend, United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley broke from the administration to express support for Trump accusers.
“They should be heard and they should be dealt with,” she said Sunday on CBS’s “Face The Nation.” “And I think we heard from them prior to the election. And I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up.”
In addition, two Democratic senators — Cory Booker of New Jersey and Oregon’s Jeff Merkley — have called for Trump to resign because of the multiple accusations of sexual harassment and assault. Vermont’s Bernie Sanders, an Independent who caucuses with Democrats, also has suggested Trump should step down.
They compared it to Sen. Al Franken, who resigned after sexual misconduct allegations many have said failed to come close to those Trump faces fro his accusers.