President Donald Trump has repeatedly railed against Lisa Page, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) attorney who, during the 2016 election, was critical of Trump in some text messages sent to FBI agent Peter Strzok. One of Trump’s anti-Page rants came during a rally in Minneapolis on October 11, when he resorted to a fake orgasm voice while insulting her — and Page, in an interview with the Daily Beast, is asserting that after the Minneapolis speech, keeping quiet is not an option.
“Honestly, his demeaning fake orgasm was really the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Page told the Daily Beast. “I had stayed quiet for years, hoping it would fade away, but instead, it got worse. It had been so hard not to defend myself, to let people who hate me control the narrative. I decided to take my power back.”
Although Trump’s comments about Page during the Minneapolis speech have been widely denounced as sexist, some at Fox News have vigorously defended the speech. Fox News’ Jeannine Pirro, an ardent Trump defender, told her colleague Stuart Varney, “That’s why he was elected president: because he speaks in a way that the ordinary Americans understand.”
Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro, who will be interviewing the president tomorrow night, says that Trump faking an orgasm at his rally last night is “why he was elected president” pic.twitter.com/1HgCqixcus
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) October 11, 2019
Trump has, among other things, accused Page of treason. When asked what’s it’s like to be on the receiving end of Trump’s attacks, the former FBI counsel told the Beast, “It’s like being punched in the gut. My heart drops to my stomach when I realize he has tweeted about me again. The president of the United States is calling me names to the entire world. He’s demeaning me and my career. It’s sickening.”
Trump is clearly trying to intimidate Page, who told the Beast that when she’s out and about in Washington, DC, she worries about what some of his sycophants might do.
Page told the Beast, “I’m someone who’s always in my head anyway; so now, otherwise normal interactions take on a different meaning. Like, when somebody makes eye contact with me on the Metro, I kind of wince, wondering if it’s because they recognize me — or are they just scanning the train like people do? It’s immediately a question of, ‘Friend or foe?’ Or, if I’m walking down the street or shopping and there’s somebody wearing Trump gear or a MAGA hat, I’ll walk the other way or try to put some distance between us because I’m not looking for conflict. Really, what I wanted most in this world is my life back.”
Trump has continued to claim that in 2016, the FBI spied on his campaign. But Page, during her interview with the Beast, stressed that trying to determine if someone in his campaign was working with people in the Russian government was not the same as spying on the campaign itself.
“We were very deliberate and conservative about who we first opened on because we recognized how sensitive a situation it was,” Page emphasized. “So, the prospect that we were spying on the campaign or even investigating candidate Trump himself is just false. That’s not what we were doing.”
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