Rape Allegations Against Donald Trump Unfortunately Won’t Take Away From His Freedom Or Presidential Bid
The latest in Awful News About Donald Trump is even worse than the normal garbage the nation’s come to expect. On Monday, a federal lawsuit was filed in New York against the presumptive GOP presidential nominee accusing him of raping a teenage girl multiple times in 1994, which Trump has denied. Unfortunately, the rape allegations against Trump won’t do much to alter his current standing as the head of the Republican party or his legal status as a free man.
The woman accusing Trump of sexually assaulting her when she was 13, identified in the lawsuit only as Jane Doe, filed a similar complain in California a few months ago, but the case was dismissed because her addressed listed on the paperwork was an abandoned property. Alan Garten, vice president and general counsel of the Trump Organization, told The New York Daily News the allegations were “categorically untrue, completely fabricated and politically motivated.”
Both the current and former lawsuits also involved billionaire and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein (who’s also denied the allegations), as the woman claims Trump raped her during several parties at Epstein’s Upper East Side home. The details are disturbing, as she alleges Trump tied her to a bed before raping her. The suit claims he hit her in the face when she begged him to stop, saying he “would do whatever he wanted,” and threatened to harm, if not kill, her family if she told anyone about the assault.
Another woman, identified as Tiffany Doe, backed up the allegations in a testimony claiming Epstein hired her to bring other young girls to his parties. The court papers say the original woman didn’t speak up for 20 years because she still believed Trump’s alleged threats would hold true. However, constantly seeing the presidential hopeful’s orange face in the media every day for the past year was emotionally difficult for her, she claimed in the lawsuit, convincing her to take action.
It’s important to note that this is a civil case — not a criminal case — meaning if Trump were found guilty, he wouldn’t go to jail, but would have to pay the alleged victim the $75,000 in damages she requested. Technically speaking, time has already run out on the case, because New York state law only gives victims under the age of 18 at the time of the crime one year after turning 18 to file claims against a perpetrator. While the woman’s age hasn’t been disclosed, the lawsuit says she was 13 years old in 1994, which would make her well over 19 today. The complaint filed this week asks that this deadline be waived because the alleged victim didn’t feel she had free will to speak out or take action.
It’s unlikely the statute of limitations will be waived, especially considering Trump has some the best and most expensive lawyers in New York on his side. Despite the fact that someone is accusing a man trying to become the next leader of the nation of a heinous violent crime, the system is set up to ensure rape allegations that pop up years after the claimed incident don’t go any where. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), 97 percent of rapists don’t spend a day in jail (or, I assume, pay their alleged victims $75,000).
As depressing as it is, these allegations also probably won’t affect Trump’s presidential campaign. While these specific claims of violent rape of a minor are new, his treatment of women has been in question since his bid for the White House began. For starters, his ex-wife, Ivana, accused him of raping her during their 1991 divorce, although she later said it was not in “a literal or criminal sense,” and he denied the claims.
Even without being accused of criminal sexual assault, Trump’s track record with women is abysmal — from calling them “pigs” and “disgusting animals,” to demeaning female journalists, to sexualizing all women, including his own daughters. Though many of his past actions toward women are not allegations, but mere facts, his supporters don’t seem to care. At this point, pro-Trump Republicans know how sexist he is and continue to push for him to occupy the White House any way, so yet another alleged story about him mistreating someone with a vagina isn’t going to suddenly open their eyes.
Trump is a known sexist and is successful in spite of that, if not because of it. It would take a lot to bring him down at this point, and — as depressing as it is — rape allegations just aren’t going to do it.