Donald Trump on Thursday attacked a former People Magazine reporter who alleged Trump forcibly kissed her while she was reporting at his Mar-a-Lago estate in 2005, implying that he could not have forced himself on her because he was not attracted to her.
“She’s doing the story on Melania, who is pregnant at the time, and Donald Trump and our one year anniversary,” Trump said at a rally in West Palm Beach, Florida. “And said I made inappropriate advances, and by the way, it was a public area and people all over the place.”
“Take a look. You take a look. Look at her. And look at her words,” Trump said. “And you tell me what you think. I don’t think so. I don’t think so.”
Former People writer Natasha Stoynoff published a first-person account Wednesday of a reporting trip she took to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate to interview Trump and his wife Melania on their first wedding anniversary. Stoynoff recalled how, when Melania went upstairs to change outfits, Donald Trump accompanied her to a room, pushed her against a wall, and forcibly kissed her. Stoynoff described Trump as “a looming figure.”
“[H]e was fast, taking me by surprise and throwing me off balance. I was stunned,” she wrote.
In response to that account, Trump tweeted Thursday morning, “Why didn’t the writer of the twelve year old article in People Magazine mention the “incident” in her story. Because it did not happen!”