Following on the heels of the brutal aftermath of a recorded conversation between Donald Trump and Billy Bush in 2005, two women have alleged in a report published Wednesday that Trump sexually assaulted them years ago. Earlier last week, a released video from 2005 showed Trump caught on a live microphone bragging about his fame and fortune, and asserting that he could "grab" and "do anything" to any woman.
Jessica Leeds, 74, told the New York Times that Trump fondled her and tried to slide his hand up her skirt while on a plane over 30 years ago. Rachel Crooks alleges that Trump kissed her after she introduced herself while working as a secretary in Trump Tower in 2005. Trump's campaign immediately denied the allegations; however, the New York Times reporters involved with the article verified the stories with the women's friends and relatives, who told the reporters they had heard the allegations before.
While Trump has a habit of making controversial and demeaning comments about women, the issue has been at the forefront of media focus with the release of Trump's recorded 2005 conversation. The political backlash was immediate - a number of Republican politicians who stood behind Trump despite his controversial comments about immigrants, Muslims, and prisoners of war have renounced their support.
Trump issued a videotaped apology regarding the recorded 2005 conversation, and has tried to spin the recording off as "locker room talk" and not as a reflection of himself. Several Republican lawmakers have called on Trump to step down from running for President, as they cannot remove him from the ticket themselves. It is unclear if these recent events will prove fatal to Trump's campaign for the presidency, but with waning support and continuing controversy the outlook for Trump does not appear positive.
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