The latest rape accusation against President Trump seems even more baseless than usual. The newest accuser is advice columnist E. Jean Carroll, who claims she was raped in the dressing room of a department store in the mid-90s when Trump would have been in their 50s.
Carroll released this alarming news for the first time in her new book, which comes out next week. Individuals like E. Jean Carroll should themselves be investigated when they bring baseless accusations of sexual misconduct 20 or more years from when they said it happen, especially when their old complaint is attached to a new book deal they are pushing like Ms. Carroll is now. So, let’s investigate:
Carroll’s story itself is very unbelievable. Carroll says that she and Trump ran into each other at a high-end department store, Trump somehow recognized the random advice columnist, and the two started flirting. Apparently, Trump then told her to try on some lingerie, and she, trying to “spin a comedy scene,” told Trump to try it on instead. Carroll, clearly being devoted to her art of comedy, then proceeded to go to the dressing room with Trump, somehow expecting him to try on the lingerie.
Allegedly, once in the dressing room, Trump proceeded to sexually assault Carroll, who “fought back” and was able to escape. To reiterate, Trump allegedly raped her during the store’s operating hours in a dressing room, which Carroll went into with a man she did not know for “comedy.”
Carroll also does not want a police investigation. This is very odd because the alleged assault would have happened in a public place, where there would have been many employees as witnesses. Carroll also still has the same dress she wore that night, and she has not worn it since. This would be crucial evidence, DNA stays on clothes for a very, very long time. The most bizarre reasoning for Carroll not wanting a police investigation was that she claimed it would be disrespectful to migrant women: “I would find it disrespectful to the women who are down on the border who are being raped around the clock down there without any protection. The women have very little protection there. It would just be disrespectful.”
There is literally no connection there whatsoever, and those same women also do not have the power to publicize their experiences and go on a book tour talking about them. If anything, it is disrespectful to them to not speak up when you have the power to prosecute. (There is no statute of limitations for rape accusations in the state of New York)
Carroll may or may not be lying, but these accusations should certainly be investigated. Carroll should not make public accusations if she does not want an investigation, the accusations damage the person who is accused, so if they are false then that should be known.