America sadly needs a new word for when you are accused of sexual misconduct in the 80s, but you have a character witness who was also accused of sexual misconduct in the 80s.
On Wednesday, two woman spoke to the New York Times about their experiences allegedly receiving unwanted physical advances from GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. One of them, Jessica Leeds, alleged that Trump groped her, octopus-like, on a flight to New York in 1980 or ’81, and that the assault only ended when she changed seats.
Not to be outdone by the Times, the Trump campaign found the most embarrassing way possible to dispute Leeds’ claims, short of telling the media to call Sean Hannity.
According to the campaign, a British man named Anthony Gilberthorpe says he was sitting across from the first class aisle where Trump allegedly groped Leeds, but saw no lewd behavior on Trump’s part. In fact, Gilberthorpe told the New York Post on Friday that, “[Leeds] was the one being flirtatious,” and he would know because he was “present at all times.”
Gilberthorpe has no evidence to back his claim but he does have a self-described “excellent memory” (also not proven), and speaks with the moral authority of a pickup artist. Gilberthorpe, 54, described Leeds to the Post as “shrill” and “trying too hard.” While Trump was in the bathroom, Leads even allegedly told Gilberhthorpe that she “wanted to marry” the mouldering orange flotation device next to whom she had been seated.