Why Is The Media Ignoring The Three Claims Of Rape Against Donald Trump By Women And Children?

Update 10/16/2016 — In October, a leaked video prompted several women to come forward and accuse Donald Trump of sexually harassing them. The events spark renewed interest in the even more dire allegations of sexual abuse leveled at him long before the video surfaced. This article was originally published on June 30th, 2016.

Crickets From The Media As A Woman Claims Trump Raped Her As A Child

NBC News’ legal analyst and best-selling author Lisa Bloom asked quite a poignant question on the Huffington Post last June, and now that Donald J. Trump is officially the Republican nominee for President of the United States, it bears repeating. Magnified by recent revelations that the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s role in the Benghazi tragedy turned up absolutely no evidence of wrongdoing by the former Secretary of State, and in a atmosphere of unprecedented scrutiny, why on Earth is the latest claim of rape against Donald Trump being largely dismissed by the mainstream media? A recent lawsuit filed in the United States Southern District of New York by  plaintiff “Jane Doe” against Trump and his associate Jeffrey Epstein states:

Plaintiff was subject to acts of rape, sexual misconduct, criminal sexual acts,sexual abuse, forcible touching, assault, battery, intentional and reckless infliction of emotional distress, duress, false imprisonment, and threats of death and/or serious bodily injury by theDefendants that took place at several parties during the summer months of 1994. The parties were held by Defendant Epstein at a New York City residence that was being used by DefendantEpstein at 9 E. 71st St. in Manhattan. During this period, Plaintiff was a minor of age 13 and was legally incapable under New York law of consenting to sexual intercourse and the other sexual contacts detailed herein. 

Bloom points out that simply covering the story does not imply that Trump or Epstein is guilty, rather it’s responsible journalism given that the Bill Cosby case has taught us to “not disregard rape cases against famous men.”: 

In covering a story, a media outlet is not finding guilt. It is simply reporting the news that a lawsuit has been filed against Mr. Trump, and ideally putting the complaint in context. Unproven allegations are just that – unproven, and should be identified that way. (Mr. Trump’s lawyer says the charges are “categorically untrue, completely fabricated and politically motivated.”) Proof comes later, at trial. But the November election will come well before any trial. And while Mr. Trump is presumed innocent, we are permitted – no, we are obligated — to analyze the case’s viability now.

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Having analyzed the documents, Bloom calls the claims “credible” — which does not imply guilt in the least, but should warrant further media analysis. Heaven knows the media has given plenty of air time to allegations that Bill Clinton sexually assaulted an Arkansas woman named Juanita Broaddrick over forty years ago. Bloom points to three specific reasons that the Jane Doe filing is worthy of increased media scrutiny:

Donald Trump’s Contempt For Women

After pointing out that “Men who objectify women are more likely to become perpetrators of sexual violence”, Bloom notes: 

Mr. Trump has relished calling women “dogs,” “slobs” and “pigs,” and cyberstalked and derided journalist Megyn Kelly for having the temerity to ask him to defend his own words. He threw out the most misogynist of attacks, attempting to undermine her professionalism by accusing her of menstruating. He’s cruelly ridiculed the appearance of a female opponent (Carly Fiorina) and an opponent’s wife (Heidi Cruz). His campaign even openly acknowledged that it disqualified all women for consideration as his vice-president.

Mr. Trump has a long history of debasing women he’s worked with, crossing the line on a regular basis. He’s taken lifelong joy in objectifying women, including his proclamation: “Women, you have to treat ‘em like shit.”

Two Prior Claims Of Sexual Assault Against Trump

Bloom points out that this is not the first time a woman has made a claim that the Republican candidate engaged in a violent sexual assault (though it is the first time that the accuser was a minor). The first woman to do so was his first wife:

First was Ivana Trump, Donald Trump’s first wife, who said under oath in a 1989 deposition that he had violently attacked her, ripped out her hair and forcibly penetrated her without her consent. According to the Daily Beast, she claims he was wildly angry that she’d referred him to a cosmetic surgeon who had botched a “scalp reduction” job (to cover a bald spot) and caused pain in his scalp – hence the vindictive yanking on her hair. At the time Ms. Trump said she felt “violated” by the alleged “rape.”

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Ed Hanratty is a Reverb Press contributor and freelance political journalist. A lifelong New Jerseyan, he prides himself on having just enough Garden State sarcasm and skepticism to keep his bleeding heart in check. Keep up with Ed's work and random ramblings on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the links below...but not Snapchat — that's where he's decided to draw the social media line. (For Now)