Fmr campaign staffer sues because Trump kissed her too close to her mouth, says Pam Bondi saw it

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 31: Alva Johnson photographed on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Johnson, a staffer on Donald Trumps 2016 presidential campaign says he forcibly kissed her at a small gathering of supporters before a Florida rally, an interaction that she alleges in a lawsuit still causes her anguish. (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
(Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

The White House has fervently denied an unsubstantiated, dubious and possibly money-motivated allegation by a former Trump campaign staffer that then-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump kissed her without consent while on the campaign trail in 2016.

“This never happened and is directly contradicted by multiple highly credible eye witness accounts,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement to Fox News in reference to the allegations by Alabama woman and former Trump staffer Alva Johnson.

Sanders added that the allegation is absurd on its face.

The evidence suggests the press secretary is right. Instead of ever reporting Trump’s behavior to the authorities, Johnson filed a suit against the president on Monday demanding he provide financial relief for the “compensatory damages” she suffered when he allegedly sexually harassed her.

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“Ms. Johnson was nothing more than a sexual object he felt entitled to dominate and humiliate,” the lawsuit reads. “Like he has done with so many other women, Defendant Trump violated norms of decency and privacy by kissing Ms. Johnson on the lips without her consent in the middle of a Florida work event and in front of numerous other Campaign officials.”

She claimed to The Washington Post that she quit the campaign after the notorious “Access Hollywood” tape went public: “I felt sick to my stomach. That was what he did to me.”

The tape went public in 2016. Yet as recently as 2017, Johnson had been feverishly praising Trump.

“He is more incredible in person than I think you would even think as you see him on TV,” she said during an appearance on radio station WVNN’s “Politics and Moore” on May 6th of that year. “He’s just the nicest guy. . . . He treats everyone as if they are a part of his family.”

During the interview she added that she was expecting to soon be given a post-election job as the “second-in-command” at the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon: “I will at some point be heading over to Portugal to work in the embassy,” she boasted.

It doesn’t appear she ever received this job. Hmm.

Listen to the full interview below starting at the 13:30 mark:

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The suit she filed Monday specifically claims that prior to the start of a rally in Tampa on Aug. 24, 2016, then-GOP nominee Trump leaned in to kiss her as he exited an RV.

“She said she turned her head, and the kiss landed on the side of her mouth. The lawsuit claims then-Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was a potential witness,” Fox reported.

“I immediately felt violated because I wasn’t expecting it or wanting it. I can still see his lips coming straight for my face,” Johnson reportedly said to The Washington Post.

Both Bondi and another staffer whom Johnson identified as a witness have reportedly denied seeing the kiss. Moreover, an attorney Johnson spoke with in 2016 about Trump’s alleged behavior reportedly refused to take her case, though he did allegedly describe the allegations as credible.

The suit also reportedly accuses Trump of paying Johnson and other female staffers less than “similarly situated” male staffers.

“Ms. Johnson seeks to bring this case as a collective action on behalf of female Campaign
employees who suffered unlawful pay discrimination at the hands of Defendant Donald J. Trump,” the suit reads.

And it demands she be appointed the head of this so-called “collective”: “Ms. Johnson seeks to be appointed as a representative of the collective.”

The suit fails to identify any other members of the “collective.”

The Trump administration has also denied the second allegation.

“The Trump campaign has never discriminated based on race, ethnicity, gender, or any other basis,” Kayleigh McEnany, the spokeswoman for Trump’s 2020 campaign, said in a statement to HuffPost. “Any allegation suggesting otherwise is off base and unfounded.”

It’s unclear why Johnson didn’t file this “collective action” separately versus mixing it in with her allegations of sexual harassment. The only shared factor between both sets of allegations is the demand for financial compensation, as noted by many social media users:

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