‘Anyone listening?’

Trump says women who accused him of sexual misconduct were paid ‘to make up stories’

Rachel Crooks (REUTERS/Andrew Kelly)

President Donald Trump took to Twitter again on Tuesday, this time to denounce Rachel Crooks, whom he claims has falsely accused him of sexual misconduct. He also took a broadside at other women who have accused him of various forms of misconduct for “taking money to make up stories about me.”

During Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016, Crooks, 35, had accused him of kissing her without her consent in 2006, when she was 22 and working as a receptionist in Trump Tower. Crooks is now running for State Representative in Ohio’s House District 88, where she hopes to challenge Republican incumbent Bill Reineke. Trump’s attack on Crooks appeared to be made in response to Washington Post feature that detailed Crooks’ efforts to raise awareness about the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct laid against the president. The story, under the headline “Is anyone listening?” was front and center on Tuesday’s edition of the newspaper. Trump dismissed the Post as “Fake News” and Crooks’ claim as “Another False Accusation.”

Trump’s reference to a woman having “her home mortgage paid off” appeared to be a reference to a story about California lawyer Lisa Bloom, who allegedly sold victims’ stories to TV outlets and arranged for a donor to pay off a Trump accuser’s mortgage. Bloom represented four women considering making accusations against Trump last year — only two of whom ultimately came forward. According to The Atlantic, at least 19 women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct.

On Wednesday morning, Crooks responded to Trump’s tweets about her, saying she’s not surprised by him pushing back against her claim. Watch her remarks below.

Read the full story at USA Today.


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