Since the public release of the 2005 hot mic moment now affectionately known in media circles as “the Trump tape,” additional stories have been bubbling to the surface. Two women, Rachel Crooks and Jessica Leeds, told the New York Times that they had been physically assaulted by Trump.
And then a few more accusations were made, by Temple Taggart, Mindy McGillivray, and Natasha Stoynoff. Stoynoff, a reporter for People magazine, said that Trump had assaulted her when she went to his home to interview him and Melania prior to their first wedding anniversary:
“We walked into that room alone, and Trump shut the door behind us. I turned around, and within seconds he was pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat…
Four years after the Trump incident, I left the magazine to write screenplays and books — a few are New York Times bestsellers.
I’m not sure what locker room talk consists of these days. I only know that I wasn’t in a locker room when he pushed me against a wall. I was in his home, as a professional, and his beautiful pregnant wife was just upstairs.”
Trump responded to Stoynoff’s accusation at a Florida rally on Thursday, saying that it was all a fabrication:
“Why wasn’t it part of the story that appeared 12 years ago? Why didn’t they make it part of the story? I was one of the biggest stars on television with ‘The Apprentice.’ It would have been one of the biggest stories of the year.
The area was a public area, people all over the place. You take a look, look at her, look at her words, you tell me. I don’t think so.”
Beltway news source The Hill posted the news of Trump’s response:
— The Hill (@thehill) October 13, 2016
But some felt that the headline was…misleading:
yeah, cause thats all he said,. gimme a break
— Sandy Kelley (@sandycattzz) October 13, 2016
out of context..this is a smear piece.
— John Muse (@JMuser16) October 13, 2016
holy out of context lol
— Bomba (@SnazzyBBQ) October 13, 2016
this is 100% out of context, pathetic.
— B??N (@Its_BenAgain) October 13, 2016
And they weren’t the only ones to jump on only part of Trump’s statement. Vox’s Matty Yglesias did it too:
And The Daily Beast’s Patricia Murphy:
Trump seems say one of his accusers wasn't attractive enough to hit on? "Look at her, look at her words…I don't think so."
— Patricia Murphy (@1PatriciaMurphy) October 13, 2016
And DC Examiner’s T. Becket Adams:
The rest of Trump’s statement — “The area was a public area, people all over the place. You take a look, look at her, look at her words, you tell me. I don’t think so” — suggests that he means “look at the situation as a whole,” rather than simply “look at her.”