According to a new report from BuzzFeed published Wednesday morning, the GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has been accused of walking into beauty pageant changing rooms by four 1997 Miss Teen USA participants.
Some of the underage contestants in the dressing rooms were as young as 15 years old, BuzzFeed reported.
Mariah Billado, former Miss Vermont Teen USA, openly spoke out against Trump's unwelcome intrusion into the pageant participants' dressing room.
Billado reportedly said, "I remember putting on my dress really quick because I was like, 'Oh my god, there's a man in here.'"
She remembered Trump saying something along the lines of, "Don't worry, ladies. I've seen it all before," like a true sexual predator.
Three other contestants from the 1997 pageants, who wished to remain anonymous, also told BuzzFeed that Trump had barged into the women's changing room while they were dressing.
One of the women called the incident "creepy" and "shocking," while another recalled that since she was dressed, she felt inclined to introduce herself to Trump.
Until last year, Trump owned multiple beauty pageants including Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA from 1996.
In a 2005 interview with radio personality Howard Stern unearthed on Saturday by CNN, Trump explained that getting to see the contestants "naked" was one of the perks of being a pageant owner.
During the interview, he claimed that he could get away with seeing women and underage teens undress because, as the owner, he needed to "inspect" the pageant.
Trump's sense of entitlement and subsequent abuse of power has gone too far. He thinks that he can enter women's dressing rooms because he is a pageant "owner." Furthermore, he believes that he has the right to "grab" women by their vaginas because he is famous.
The Republican presidential nominee has proven that he has little to no problem with touching women as he wishes, with or without their consent.
The most troublesome aspect of Trump's imagined privilege, which includes repeated offenses of sexual assault, is that he is obscenely close to being the next president of the United States.
How will his history of abusing power play out in the White House? His past doesn't exactly point towards a shining future for U.S. politics.
Former Miss New Hampshire Bridget Sullivan’s claim that Donald Trump strolled through the dressing rooms during the 2000 Miss USA pageant and stared at the naked contestants has been denied by the presidential nominee.
Not many were surprised by the denial — it is an oft-repeated strategy of the Trump campaign.
However, Trump himself has now given credence to Sullivan’s claims.
He apparently admitted to Howard Stern in 2005 that it was quite normal for him bust into the beauty pageants’ dressing rooms even when the contestants were not dressed.
“I’ll tell you the funniest is that I’ll go backstage before a show and everyone’s getting dressed,” Trump told Stern in recordings released Saturday by CNN. “No men are anywhere, and I’m allowed to go in, because I’m the owner of the pageant and therefore I’m inspecting it…. ‘Is everyone OK’? You know, they’re standing there with no clothes. ‘Is everybody OK?’ And you see these incredible looking women, and so I sort of get away with things like that.”
Sullivan thinks otherwise, “The time that he walked through the dressing rooms was really shocking. We were all naked,” she said.
“He’d hug you just a little low on your back.”
Trump’s lack of respect for women (or just about anyone else for that matter) is no secret.
It is also not the first time he has been accused of sexual harassment.
Jill Harth, a makeup artist, recently spoke out about her alleged sexual harassment at the hands of the Republican presidential nominee of the United States.
Harth claimed that Trump pursued her and made multiple sexual advances toward her in 1993, even going so far as to ambush her in his daughter’s bedroom.
In her lawsuit, Harth claimed she met Trump in 1992 during a presentation while she was working for American Dream beauty pageant festival. Trump took an immediate interest in Harth and began subjecting her to a string of sexual advances, despite the fact she was with her boyfriend at the time.
“Basically he name-dropped throughout that dinner, when he wasn’t groping me under the table,” she testified. “Let me just say, this was a very traumatic thing working for him.”
To top it all off, the recently unearthed 2005 recordings from the set of a soap opera where Trump was making a cameo appearance cements his lewd nature and utter disregard for women.
Trump can be heard telling the former host of “Access Hollywood,” Billy Bush, about his attempted sexual advances toward a married woman in vulgar detail.
It is assumed that Trump did not know the microphone was on when he carried on this discussion, but now his words have come back to haunt him.
Speaking of the unnamed married woman Trump said, “I did try and f*** her. She was married.”
“I moved on her like a b****, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married,” Trump said. “Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony t**s and everything.”
It is no secret that Trump objectifies and insults women every chance he gets. He also denies and brush off claims of his sexist and misogynistic behavior, making the alleged victim sound like an evil schemer.
It’s hard to believe there are people out there who are not only taking his candidacy seriously, but giving him coverage and will most probably go out and vote for him as well.
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