On AM Joy, Joy Reid blasts the press for burying latest report of sexual assault by Trump
Reid: E. Jean Carroll "became the 16th woman to accuse Donald Trump of either sexual assault or inappropriate sexual contact" and yet it "was relatively buried in this week's news cycle"
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From the June 23 edition of MSNBC's AM Joy:
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JOY REID (HOST): Good morning and welcome back to AM Joy. This week a prominent advice columnist became the 16th woman to accuse Donald Trump of either sexual assault or inappropriate sexual contact. In any other universe, in any other presidency, in any other news cycle, E. Jean Carroll's bombshell revelations against the sitting president of the United States would have been the lead story all week long, as soon as they dropped. Instead, after the Carroll allegations ran as the cover story in New York magazine including specific details about the alleged assault, which she says happened in the dressing room of a New York City department store more than two decades ago, and with Carroll actually posing for the cover photo wearing the same dress that she says Trump assaulted her in. Despite all of that, the story was relatively buried in this week's news cycle. Even The New York Times tucked the story away in its "Books" section despite running a headline that could not have been any more explicit: "E. Jean Carroll accuses Trump of sexual assault in her memoir." Carroll says that she told two friends about the assault at the time and NBC has talked to one of the friends and confirmed that. Meanwhile, Trump denied not just the assault, he also denied having ever met E. Jean Carroll, which, you will not be surprised, was quickly contradicted by this picture, taken in 1987 where you can clearly see Carroll, her former husband John Johnson, Donald Trump, and his first wife Ivana at an event, together, in a photograph. Joining me now is E. Jean Carroll, who broke her silence about this alleged sexual assault in her new book, and the book is called, What do we need men for? A modest proposal. Thank you so much for being here.
E. JEAN CARROLL (AUTHOR): Thank you, Joy, for having me.
REID: I thank you. And I mention that it's quite brave of you to come forward with these allegations now. There are six women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual assault including yourself, Summer Zervos, Jessica Leeds, Kristin Anderson, Jill Harth, and Natasha Stoynoff. There are ten women who accused Donald Trump of inappropriate sexual contact, we'll put those ladies up, Karena Virginia, Rachel Crooks, Cathy Heller, Temple Taggart, Jessica Drake, Juliet Huddy, Alva Johnson, Mindy McGillivray, Ninni Laaksonen, and Cassandra Searles, but you are the only one that’s doing it while he’s a sitting president.
CARROLL: I had not thought about that until you just said it. That -- yes.