Author and former New York City gossip columnist E. Jean Carroll, who, earlier this week, accused President Donald Trump of attempting to rape her in a changing room at Bergdorf Goodman's department store in the mid-1990s, told MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell that she wished she'd asked for Trump's tax returns during the alleged sexual assault.
Carroll has been making the rounds of prime time television talk shows since revealing, in an interview with New York Magazine, that the now-president attacked her after the pair met in a chance encounter while shopping at Bergdorf Goodman's in New York City. Carroll says Trump urged her to try on some lingerie before pushing her into a changing room, pinning her arms to her sides, and sexually assaulting her. Carroll claims she was able to fight Trump off and escape.
The allegation is being used as a teaser for Carroll's forthcoming book on the "hideous" men she encountered while working as a gossip columnist and moving among New York City's rich and famous, according to KTLA. She also reportedly claims to have been assaulted by CBS head Les Moonves.
Both men have emphatically denied Carroll's claims. Trump said in a statement late last week that he could not recall ever meeting Carroll, and the only evidence presented that he may have greeted the former gossip columnist at some point was a candid photo taken of Trump and Carroll, both with dates, at a society event in the mid-1990s.
But since airing her revelation, Carroll has been accused of trying to railroad President Trump, presenting her allegations at a time when she believes them to be most politically hurtful. Indeed, she has no plans to press charges against the president, as The Daily Wire's Amanda Prestigiacomo noted yesterday, though she claims that's because she doesn't want to take attention away from the women being "raped around the clock" at the United States-Mexico border.
“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,” Carroll told MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell when asked why she wouldn’t press charges.
“They’re young women, they tried to come into the county. As you know, they’re here by the thousands.”
Saturday evening, in an interview with Lawrence O'Donnell, Carroll's statements got even weirder. After discussing the alleged sexual assault in depth, Carroll said she wishes that she'd asked for Trump's tax returns during the claimed attack.
E. Jean Carroll says she wishes she would have asked @realDonaldTrump for his TAX RETURNS when she allegedly met him at the Bergdorf Goodman department store in the mid 90's .— Stephanie Hamill (@STEPHMHAMILL) June 22, 2019
Not only is the claim just ... weird ... but it seems odd to include a jab at Trump's refusal to release his tax returns — a purely political issue that has surfaced only in the last several years as Democrats try to get a handle on whether Trump suffered financially in the years before declaring his run for president, and whether his presidency has been unduly influenced by outside financial factors — in a narrative about an alleged traumatic attack from the 1990s.
Social media was quick to notice the weirdness.
What the hell?— bluska (@bluskabucknut) June 22, 2019