Does former President Donald Trump hate women and is he a sexual predator?
That is what the left-leaning publication Daily Beast is saying in an article published on February 15. This has to do with the civil case in which Trump is accused of raping E. Jean Carroll in a dressing room at a department store in New York City in the mid-1990s.
The Daily Beast has pointed out that Trump’s lawyers must keep various accusations inadmissible about Trump’s past treatment of women.
Trump’s Attorneys: Past Actions Are Irrelevant
Trump’s legal team knows that behavior showing Donald Trump in a negative light regarding his sexual past could influence a jury to find against the former president in the Carroll case. Trump’s attorneys are saying that various video clips and photos from Trump’s past activities with women are “irrelevant and duly prejudicial.”
Donald Trump Access Hollywood Recordings Could Be Admissible
The most glaring potential evidence is the Access Hollywood tape, in which Trump was caught on a hot mic speaking to host Billy Bush about his sexual exploits in 2005. On that occasion, he bragged about pursuing at least two women while using his status as a reality television star that he believed made him more attractive.
The judge has not revealed whether he will allow this recording to be admissible for the jury to contemplate.
Is There a Pattern of Behavior?
This tape came out during the 2016 presidential election campaign. In addition, that year, the New York Times revealed that Trump had fondled at least two women against their will. Trump was accused of unwanted touching and kissing in those accusations.
Trump Says the Clintons Are Behind Allegations
Trump vociferously denied the claims in campaign rallies and blamed the Clinton campaign for dredging up false complaints against him. “These vicious claims about me of inappropriate conduct with women are totally and absolutely false … and the Clintons know it very well. These claims are fabricated.”
What About the Alleged Sexual Conduct of Bill Clinton?
During the campaign Trump made counter-accusations that former President Bill Clinton had allegedly raped women and he had these four women who made the charges against Clinton appear at debates.
Donald Trump Says He Will Sue His Accusers
Donald Trump also claimed that other women who made charges of sexual misconduct against him should have come forward with the accusations when they claimed they actually happened. He also said in rallies that he would sue and called them “liars.”
Hillary Believes Trump Is Misogynistic
Hillary Clinton, during the campaign, castigated Donald Trump for his past treatment of women. “This is a man who has called women pigs, slobs, and dogs.”
Carroll Appears to Have Compelling Evidence
Meanwhile, Carroll has claimed that she has a dress that she wore on the day of the alleged sexual assault. The victim wants to test Trump’s DNA to see if there is a match on the garment. Trump’s attorneys recently said he would comply.
The Carroll case is the most serious accusation against Donald Trump. His lawyers are trying to make sure his past actions with women are inadmissible in court. Should these alleged activities against women enter into the trial, it would be bad news for Trump.
It is impossible to predict how jury members would react to these accusations. Trump’s legal team is likely to attempt to limit the number of women on the jury. But Trump’s past could come back to haunt him. The details are sordid and explosive, and they could show a pattern of behavior that would make the Carroll accusations more believable.
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Author Expertise and Experience:Serving as 19FortyFive’s Defense and National Security Editor, Dr. Brent M. Eastwood is the author of Humans, Machines, and Data: Future Trends in Warfare. He is an Emerging Threats expert and former U.S. Army Infantry officer. You can follow him on Twitter @BMEastwood. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and Foreign Policy/ International Relations.