'Despicable'

NPR’s Diane Rehm says Trump comments remind her of being molested as a 9-year-old

US President Barack Obama stands next to radio host Diane Rehm before presenting her with the National Humanities Medal in 2014 (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

In an interview, iconic radio host Diane Rehm revealed that the leaked audio of Trump describing himself groping women triggered memories of her own assault at the hands of a politician as a child. Rehm said she was 9 when a congressman won over her parents’ trust, telling them she had the makings of a child star and that he wanted to help. He offered to take her out for the day, only to take Rehm to his hotel room instead, where he molested her.

“I was a child, young enough yet smart enough to get out of that room and get out of there quickly,” said Rehm. For years afterward, she admitted, she was afraid every time she left her house that she might see him again.

Trump’s behavior towards women, and especially towards the women who have come forward to accuse him of assaulting them, Rehm says, is hard to forgive. “That’s despicable behavior that nobody, man nor woman, in this country can condone,” said Rehm. “And when Trump says these women are all lying or they’re all seeking publicity for themselves or they’re too fat or they’re menstruating, I mean, that’s just ugly, ugly talk.”

Rehm, 80, has announced that she will retire her longstanding radio show after the end of the presidential election. The upcoming International Women’s Media Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award winner has said that she will continue producing a weekly podcast, acting in the play, Surviving Grace, and helping to raise funding for WAMU, her local public radio station in Washington.

Read the full story at The Huffington Post.

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