Almost three years later, a woman who worked on the Trump campaign is now suing Trump for allegedly forcibly kissing her during a campaign rally.
Here’s the lowdown..
NY POST – A former Trump campaign staffer claims in a new lawsuit that the then-presidential candidate forcibly kissed her in 2016.
Alva Johnson says the Republican candidate grabbed her hand and tried to kiss her on the lips during a rally in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 24, 2016, according to the suit, which was filed Monday and first reported by the Washington Post.
But Johnson turned her head and Trump wound up kissing the side of her mouth, she said.
She called the encounter, which happened as Trump was exiting an RV outside the rally, “super-creepy and inappropriate.”
“I immediately felt violated because I wasn’t expecting it or wanting it,” she told the Washington Post. “I can still see his lips coming straight for my face.”
She sure makes it sound “super-creepy”.
More on that later.
Johnson voted for Obama in 2008, 2012…but thought Trump could help black communities:
Johnson, a 43-year-old mom of four who lives in Madison County, Ala., said she first met Trump at a Birmingham rally in November 2015.
“Oh, beautiful, beautiful, fantastic,” he said while looking her up and down, the suit claims.
The event planner didn’t have a background in politics and voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.
But she believed Trump’s business acumen might help black communities.
Trump grabbed her by the……hand…and then went for the lips:
It was inside one of those RVs where Trump allegedly planted a kiss on Johnson. She had brought volunteers inside to snap photos with Trump but noticed the married father of five was trying to make eye contact with her, she said in the interview and lawsuit.
As Trump was leaving the RV to attend the rally, Johnson told him, “I’ve been on the road for you since March, away from my family. You’re doing an awesome job. Go in there and kick ass.”
That’s when she claims Trump grabbed her hand, thanked her and leaned forward.
“Oh, my God, I think he’s going to kiss me,” she recalled in the interview. “He’s coming straight for my lips. So I turn my head, and he kisses me right on corner of my mouth, still holding my hand the entire time. Then he walks on out.”
Johnson says there were two witnesses, but both of them, including Pam Bondi, deny anything happened:
Johnson claims two Trump supporters saw the encounter — Karen Giorno, the head of the Florida campaign, and then-Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Both denied seeing the alleged kiss.
“Do I recall seeing anything inappropriate? One hundred percent no,” Bondi said in an interview. “I’m a prosecutor, and if I saw something inappropriate, I would have said something.”
Giorno said Johnson’s allegations were “ridiculous” and “that absolutely did not happen.”
But family members and her boyfriend said Johnson told them about the alleged kiss. She continued working for the Trump campaign — even after an offer to work at the New York headquarters was made, then yanked in mid-September, she and campaign officials said.
Johnson is suing Trump and his campaign for emotional pain and suffering and seeking unspecified damages.
Whether you want to believe her story or you don’t, the fact that she has two witnesses who say it never happened won’t do her lawsuit any good.
To me, the fact that she claims two witnesses that repudiate her account, makes this story kinda smell like what happened to Kavanaugh last year during his confirmation process.
I’m not proclaiming Trump’s innocence by any stretch. But her story just seems like a stretch to me.
She says it was ‘forced’ kissing. Why would Trump try and forcibly kiss someone in front of two witnesses? What she’s describing, if anything, sounds like an intended peck on the lips. But she characterizes it in the worst way possible, to make you picture a big wet Harvey-Weinstein style forced kiss or something.
And she’s waited all this time over this? Did someone recruit her? Or did she just decide to do this on her own?
Again, I don’t know if Trump tried to kiss her or not. Just pointing out how the story smells like a hit, even if its not.