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.
“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:
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:
“Alva Johnson is seeking unspecified damages for emotional pain and suffering and claims she just can’t move on with her life because she is so distraught”. But some money will let her move on hahahahahaha what a crock of $#@!
— ❌Jesus and America First (@Grumpy1992) February 26, 2019
One look at Alva Johnson and one can tell she is lying. Of course the only people she told were her family and the one she was sleeping with. No authorities, no media, no one else. Obviously needing money or just wanting to make a name for herself
— #GoodRiddanceCPJ (@redsox_tech) February 26, 2019
Same Smollett fake story??? Does this Alva Johnson need money? Or better yet – WHO PAID her to come up with this story? Wonder if they are the same people who paid Christine Blasey for her fake claim against Justice Kavanaugh?
— Annie T (@techoncall888) February 26, 2019
Alva Johnson, where is your proof? Real proof, not just my mama said so. Of course your mama would lie for you if she thought you were going to get a lot of money. Another victim of hate???
— Margaret Hamilton (@Margare30507196) February 26, 2019
Alva Johnson: Show me the money!
— Opinion Sphere (@opinionsphere) February 26, 2019
Russia Hoax has crumbled so this is next …
A former staffer to President Trump’s 2016 campaign, Alva Johnson, claims he kissed her w/o consent at a gathering b4 a FL rally.
She claims she’s haunted & he caused her anguish.
Guess what? She wants money! https://t.co/hiQcVfmCfV
— ❌Deplorable Jeanne❌ (@JeanneInTexas) February 25, 2019
Alva johnson wants money and is probably poor.
— ThisWebsiteCensorsConservatives (@ServantToGod11) February 25, 2019
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