Former campaign staffer says then-candidate Trump kissed her without her consent at 2016 event

Former campaign staffer says then-candidate Trump kissed her without her consent at 2016 event
(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks
News & Politics

A former member of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign staff claims then-candidate Trump kissed her without her consent in a lawsuit filed Monday, the Washington Post reports.

Alva Johnson told the Post that Trump “grabbed her hand and leaned in to kiss her on the lips as he exited an RV” at a campaign event in Tampa, Florida on Aug. 24, 2016. Johnson called the move “super-creepy and inappropriate,” telling the Post she “immediately felt violated.”

In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dismissed Johnson’s accusation as “absurd on its face,” insisting her claim is “directly contradicted by multiple highly credible eye witness accounts.” One of those “highly credible eye witness accounts” is Florida attorney general Pam Bondi.

At the time, Johnson told her boyfriend, mother and stepfather about Trump’s actions, and all three confirmed her report to the Post. She also contacted an attorney two months after the event, and a therapist who, “whose notes, which The Post reviewed, reference an unspecified event during the campaign that had left her distraught.”

Johnson’s suit also claims that as a black woman, she was paid less than her white male counterparts. Campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany called that accusation “off-base and unfounded.”

Read the full report at the Washington Post.

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ }}