The current round of ridiculous Trump-related litigation that the media is obsessed with involves E. Jean Carroll. Back when she first came out, the media gave her some face time and then quickly ran the other way.
It’s not hard to see why.
CARROLL: I think most people think of rape as being sexy.
COOPER: Let’s take a short break —
CARROLL: They think of the fantasies.
COOPER: We’re going to take a quick break. If you can stick around we’ll talk more on the other side.
CARROLL: You’re fascinating to talk to.
The scene of the supposed assault takes place in a Bergdorf’s department store where, in Carroll’s own words, “no one is present” even though she concedes that makes no sense and the dressing rooms would have been locked if there hadn’t been an attendant. It wouldn’t matter if there were tapes of it, she writes, because “the struggle might simply have read as ‘sexy.’”
But the media is eagerly reporting on her Trump lawsuit because it shifts the onus of credibility to Trump and that way the media doesn’t have to actually talk to Carroll. And any development is implausibly embraced as another attack by the media. No matter how much of a stretch. Even if it proves the opposite of what it claims to.
Donald Trump mistook his sexual assault accuser E. Jean Carroll for his ex-wife Marla Maples when shown a photograph from the 1990s in a deposition at Mar-a-Lago last year, potentially undermining one of the common defenses he has used to deny an attack.
It sounds like it supports his previous claim that he’d never met her.
“That’s Marla, yeah. That’s my wife,” Trump said under examination from Carroll’s lawyer Roberta Kaplan, in a new selection of excerpts from the deposition that was unsealed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.
Trump’s blunder in a sworn deposition was quickly corrected by his attorney Alina Habba, who told him it was Carroll, not Maples, an actress and singer who was married to Trump from 1993 to 1999.
If not recognizing your accuser is a blunder, it’s a pretty good blunder.
Trump has denied having ever known Carroll, and in response to the photo’s existence, he has said in the past that he was often introduced to people at events that he didn’t know. In the deposition, he said the photo appeared to show him on a “receiving line,” possibly at a charity event, where he met and greeted guests.
Only the media could turn Trump’s inability to recognize the woman suing him as evidence that he attacked her.