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2016 Election Media

Trump’s Butler Weighs in on Alleged Sexual Assault Incident

Written by Philip Hodges

One of the women who have come forward in recent weeks and months to accuse Donald Trump of sexual assault was a reporter with People magazine. She detailed the alleged incident in an article that began this way:

“In December 2005, PEOPLE writer Natasha Stoynoff went to Mar-a-Lago to interview Donald and Melania Trump. What she says happened next left her badly shaken. Reached for comment, a spokeswoman for Trump said, “This never happened. There is no merit or veracity to this fabricated story.” What follows is Stoynoff’s account.”

According to her account, Trump pinned her up against a wall while they were alone in a room with the door closed, and he “forc[ed] his tongue down” her throat. Then came this:  “I was grateful when Trump’s longtime butler burst into the room a minute later, as I tried to unpin myself,” Stoynoff recounted.

Naturally, Trump’s Mar-a-Lago butler was sought out for his comment, since the People reporter claimed he burst in the room and witnessed at least part of the sexual assault incident.

Trump’s now-85-year-old butler Anthony “Tony” Senecal denied the incident ever happened.

“No, that never happened,” Senecal said. “Come on, that’s just bull crap.”

Trump had stated that he and the reporter were always in a public place. He not only denied the sexual assault, but he also denied being alone with her in a room with the door closed.

According to My Palm Beach PostTrump’s butler Senecal denies ever seeing Trump making unwanted advances at women, even when he wasn’t married.

“Everybody is just jumping on the train,” Senecal said. “I think you’re going to see even more of it between now and the election. But these incidents never happened.”

He added, “These guys are pushing his back against the wall. But he’s a fighter. He’ll take them on. He’ll take all of them on.”

Concerning the other recent allegations – one from a woman who asserted that Trump groped her in the 70’s on a plane in first class, and the other from a woman who accused Trump of kissing her right outside an elevator in Trump Tower in 2005 – the GOP contender’s campaign has stated that evidence is forthcoming that will prove that these incidents never happened.

I’m not sure how they’re going to prove that Trump didn’t grope a woman on a plane over thirty years ago, unless they’ve found the real guy who did it, who may have looked like Trump back then, and who’s willing to testify to what he did. But even then, critics will just accuse that person of being paid off.

And what if that incident is completely made up? How do you prove that it didn’t happen? All we have so far is an accusation with no evidence. In a court of law, Trump would be “not guilty.” Not necessarily innocent. Just not enough evidence to convict.

As for the other incident in Trump Tower, maybe they have surveillance camera footage.

Either way, it’ll be interesting to see what the Trump campaign has that will debunk these women’s claims.

UPDATE: Onan Coca over at Constitution.com has filled in some details of those who witnessed the non-events.

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