George Conway said it would be “hypocritical” of Republicans who promoted Juanita Broaddrick’s charges of sexual assault against former President Clinton to not condemn President 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 then detailed what he called a “similar allegation” brought against Trump recently by writer E. Jean Carroll, who came forward on Friday alleging that Trump sexually assaulted her decades ago.
Carroll, the columnist behind “Ask E. Jean” in Elle magazine, 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 the new allegation brought by Carroll with his treatment of Broaddrick, whom the lawyer noted Trump called “courageous.”
Conway also wrote in the op-ed 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.
For his last reason, Conway 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.
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