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Author E. Jean Carroll on the latest cover of New York magazine. (Credit: New York magazine/Twitter)

Disappointing

Writer E. Jean Carroll’s allegation of Trump rape gets largely ignored on Sunday morning talk shows

By WITW Staff on June 24, 2019

Just two days after writer and advice columnist E. Jean Carroll alleged that President Trump sexually assaulted her in a dressing room in the nineties, thrusting his penis inside of her against her will, the major Sunday morning talk shows in America largely ignored the claim, HuffPost reports, failing to raise the issue with political guests including top Republicans and Democrats.

The networks of the “big five” Sunday morning talk shows — ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, and NBC ? hosted politicians including Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker, HuffPost’s Hayley Miller reports, noting, “Not a single one of them was asked about Carroll’s allegation that, just days earlier, had prompted front-page stories and news alerts from almost all of the major media outlets.”

Carroll, who wrote about the alleged assault in a powerful New York magazine cover story, is among more than a dozen women to publicly accuse President Trump of sexual assault over the past three decades. The president has denied the claims. He said Friday that he had never met Carroll, despite the fact that the magazine published a photo of the two together.

Trump dismissed the photo, telling reporters, “Standing with my coat on in a line. Give me a break, with my back to the camera. I have no idea who she is,” according to Talking Points Memo. “There’s some picture where we’re shaking hands, it looks like at some kind of event. I have my coat on. I have my wife standing next to me. And I didn’t know her husband, but he was a newscaster, but I have no idea who she is, none whatsoever.”

Carroll said the attack happened in the dressing room of a Bergdorf Goodman department store 23 years ago. “The moment the dressing-room door is closed, he lunges at me, pushes me against the wall, hitting my head quite badly, and puts his mouth against my lips,” she wrote. “He seizes both my arms and pushes me up against the wall a second time, and, as I become aware of how large he is, he holds me against the wall with his shoulder and jams his hand under my coat dress and pulls down my tights.

“The next moment, still wearing correct business attire, shirt, tie, suit jacket, overcoat, he opens the overcoat, unzips his pants, and, forcing his fingers around my private area, thrusts his penis halfway — or completely, I’m not certain — inside me,” she wrote. “It turns into a colossal struggle. I am wearing a pair of sturdy black patent-leather four-inch Barneys high heels, which puts my height around six-one, and I try to stomp his foot. I try to push him off with my one free hand — for some reason, I keep holding my purse with the other — and I finally get a knee up high enough to push him out and off and I turn, open the door, and run out of the dressing room.”

Carroll appeared Sunday morning in an episode of MSNBC’s AM Joy, with host Joy Reid saying the author’s allegation had been “relatively buried in this week’s news cycle,” according to HuffPost. “In any other universe, in any other presidency, in any other news cycle, E. Jean Carroll’s bombshell revelations against the sitting president of the United States would have been the lead story all week long.”

CNN’s Brian Stelter, in a Sunday morning episode of Reliable Sources, said there is “media fatigue” about sexual misconduct allegations against the president. One of his guests, Shani Hilton, deputy managing editor at the Los Angeles Times, said that when Carroll’s allegation emerged on Friday, “It felt like it was very much a part of the conversation on Twitter. It was really blowing up ? I mean all day long. Two days later, it kind of feels like it’s faded away.”