Popular magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll has gone on a publicity blitz after accusing President Trump of rape.
The 75-year-old New Yorker has appeared awkward, even unwell in interviews to many casual observers.
However, a one-on-one with CNN’s Anderson Cooper last night left the fast-talking cable new host struggling to find the right words before quickly moving to a commercial break.
The Washington Examiner has more:
Cooper had asked writer E. Jean Carroll, 75, if she felt like she was a victim. During a discussion of her allegations with the CNN host, Carroll maintained that there was nothing “sexual” about her alleged rape in the dressing room of a New York department store.
“I was not thrown on the ground and ravaged,” Carroll said, denying that she was a victim. “The word rape carries so many sexual connotations. This was not sexual. It just hurt.”
Carroll described the alleged event between Trump and her as a “fight” rather than “rape.” Cooper responded by saying that most people would likely think of rape as a violent assault, to which Carroll responded that she thinks most people find rape “sexy.”
She said: “I think most people think of rape as being sexy. They think of the fantasies.”
Cooper wasn’t the only mainstream media figure caught off guard by Carroll.
When asked by MSNBC’s Lawerence O’Donnell if she would bring a rape charge against Donald Trump – something New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is receptive to – Carroll said no.
Later in the interview, she again described the incident as a fight. As far as what she’d do differently, Carroll says she wishes she had asked to see Trump’s tax returns before he allegedly assaulted her.
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
New York Magazine published Carroll’s accusation, in an early excerpt release of her book, What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal.
She claims the alleged attack took place twenty-five years ago at a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room while trying on lingerie.