Johnson Describes Trump’s Forced Kiss, Quitting After Access Hollywood Tapes

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Former Trump campaign staffer Alva Johnson described her allegation of then-candidate Donald Trump’s forced kiss to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Tuesday night, saying that she ultimately quit the campaign due to the distressing familiarity she felt when she heard the “Access Hollywood” tapes.

“He’s holding my hand and starts coming towards me and so and I have a lot of internal dialogue, like is he going to hug me? Oh my God, he’s going to kiss me. And he was coming directly for my face,” she said. “And when I realized he was going to kiss my lips, I turned so he caught me right in the corner of my mouth and I was just kind of frozen.”

“I didn’t know how to process it,” she continued. “I worked in human resources. So I knew it was completely inappropriate, it was gross and creepy.”

Johnson broke into tears as she described her experience hearing the news about the “Access Hollywood” tapes, when Trump said that he grabs women whenever and wherever he wants, that they just “let” him since he’s “a star.”

“So when I heard that audio, I mean I was screaming at my car,” she said. “That’s exactly what he did to me. He literally described exactly what he did to me, minus the grab the ‘P.'”

“And so for me it solved the questions,” she continued. “You kind of second guess and it solved every question I had about the intention. It solved every question about the amount of inappropriateness that it was and I never went back to work.”

Watch part of her interview here:

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