A Donald Trump advisor dismissed a spate of new accusations cropping up Wednesday night that Trump touched women inappropriately, saying the alleged incidents happened so long ago that they didn’t ring true because any “reasonable” woman would’ve come forward already.
A.J. Delgado told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes that she thought the allegations made by two women to The New York Times weren’t credible, and that by publishing them, the news paper was “trivializing” sexual assault.
“As a woman, to be frank with you I’m livid having read this,” she said. “Not only are these accusations not credible, but it’s disgusting that The New York Times is trivializing sexual assault.”
When Hayes asked her why she automatically thought that the allegations weren’t valid, Delgado said it’s because too much time had passed. If the accusers were “reasonable,” she argued, the women would have come forward years ago.
“These allegations are decades old,” Delgado said. “If he did that, any reasonable woman would have come forward and talked about it. Mentioned in the facts, in The New York Times piece itself, how convenient that both of these women are Hillary Clinton supporters and Hillary Clinton donors.”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, it is believed that only 15.8 to 35 percent of all sexual assaults are reported to police.