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Trump’s New Press Secretary Holds First Wacky Briefing

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

New White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany gave her first briefing on Friday, an event she indicated would be one of many going forward. And it went about exactly as well as could be expected.

Which is to say that it was a whirlwind of lies, deception, trumped-up outrage, braggadocio, and deflection.

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#EndorseThis: Colbert Has A Slightly Used Alibi For Alleged Rapist Trump

You may have heard that President Trump again stands accused of brutal misconduct toward women. Writing for New York magazine, author and journalist E. Jean Carroll recalled how Trump raped her in the dressing room of a Manhattan department store in 1996 — and became the 22nd woman to charge him with sexual assault.

“Trump is really repeating his 2016 strategy,” noted Stephen Colbert archly.

In his usual self-pitying style, Trump compared himself to Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused of assault and confirmed to the Supreme Court anyway. Which inspired Colbert to concoct his perfect alibi.

It’s yet another appalling episode in the life of our 45th president.

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Trump Rages At Rape Accuser Carroll — But His Denial Includes An Obvious Lie

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

In a horrifying piece for The Cut, journalist E. Jean Carroll joined the more than a dozen women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual assault and misconduct. Her story includes one of the worst allegations yet, that Trump forced her against a wall and raped her in a Bergdorf Goodman 23 years ago as she tried to fight him off.

The article already included a denial from the White House, but after the story was published, Trump issued a new statement attacking Carroll. And it included at least one clear lie.

“I’ve never met this person in my life,” the statement said. “She is trying to sell a new book—that should indicate her motivation.”

However, Carroll’s article included a picture, provided by her, showing that she met with Trump at least once in 1987. The image only shows the back of Trump’s head, but it clearly has his distinctive hairstyle; most persuasively, he is standing next to Ivana Trump, his wife at the time.

Trump also said: “I would like to thank Bergdorf Goodman for confirming they have no video footage of any such incident, because it never happened.”

But this misrepresented what Bergdorf Goodman said. The company said they had no video records stored from the time of the event, so they have no way to prove or disprove the allegation.

He also tried to suggest, erroneously, that the Democratic Party is working with Carroll.

There’s good reason to find Carroll’s story credible. New York Magazine got in touch with Carroll’s friends, who confirmed that she told them about the rape contemporaneously.