If you’re reading this, you almost certainly lead busier, more productive, exciting lives than I do. So when I see or hear an interesting factoid about a current event, I like to share it, so you get a better context into the event.
I’ll be the first to admit it, when I heard Not Liable on the rape accusation, my heart sank. First, I wanted to use Rapist at least a half a dozen times in my article. But also, I thought to myself, Don’t tell me these silly bastards are going to give him yet another free pass! But no, after that, they nailed him nine-for-nine.
Which still begs the question, if they went 9-9, why not the rape? I know I wondered the same dang thing myself. And then former US Attorney Glenn Kirschner explained it perfectly on MSNBC.
It turns out that rape isn’t just a word, it’s a legal description for a specific crime. And as such, there are specific criteria that must be met in order to charge the crime. And one of those is evidence of forced vaginal penetration.
Which Carroll was unable to provide. Having neither gone to the police, or to a hospital, she was unable to present the kind of vaginal tear evidence that a rape kit could have provided. And since Trump spent three years refusing to submit a DNA sample, Carroll couldn’t provide a match to the semen she claimed was on her outfit.
Yeah, I know. But she told two close friends about the rape immediately afterwards! And she was being as honest as Abe, and so were they. But look at it this way. Any woman, especially in the immediate aftermath of of a violent sexual assault, what woman who was shoved into a department store dressing room, locked in, shoved up against the opposite wall, and sexually assaulted isn’t going to call it a rape? It is a violation of the most personal kind, but legally it isn’t rape. Instead it’s called sexual assault or Sexual abuse.
So how could she prove sexual assault and not rape? Easy. Evidence up the wazoo. Carroll testified in graphic detail. The two friends then testified to her contemporary declarations about the assault. Another woman took the stand who testified that Trump had more arms than an octopus when he repeatedly groped her and jammed his hand between her legs in a first class seat of an airplane in 1979. Then another woman, a writer, took the stand and testified that Trump sexually assaulted her in an alcove at Mar-A-Lago when she was working on a magazine article in 2005. And there are 23 more women lined up behind them. That testimony showed a pattern of conduct, and doesn’t require proof of penetration.
But it was Trump himself who put the final nail in his own coffin. Carroll’s lawyer played a part of his deposition, in which she played the entire Access Hollywood video, raw and uncut. And when she finished questioning Trump, his lawyer, Joey Tacopeewee must have been looking for an oven to shove his head into. The exchange went something like this;
Lawyer: So that’s what you said? If you’re a star you’re entitled to grab women by the p*ssies?
Trump: That’s what I said at the time, yes
Lawyer: And you still believe that? That if you’re a star, you’re entitled to grab women by the p*ssies?
Trump: Well, if you look back over the last million years or so, you’ll see that, right or wrong, stars have been able to get away with that kind of behavior.
Lawyer: Mr. Trump, do you consider yourself a star?
Trump: I think you could say that
Stand up and take a bow, fool! Not only did El Pendejo Presidente defend his statement, he went to great lengths to validate the concept that rich powerful men have been free to grab women by the p*ssies for the last million years. And when asked if he considered himself a star, he blithely replied, I think you could say that. And as a star, why shouldn’t he avail himself of the forbidden pleasures that his predecessors have enjoyed for about a million years?
So there ya go. In his explanation Kirschner said that the jury had faithfully executed its charge. because Carroll was unable to provide conclusive proof of forced vaginal penetration, they had no choice but to find for him. But they nailed his orange hide to the wall for everything else. And as much as it disappoints me, I agree with Glenn.
But I want to leave you with one final fact to chew on, and nobody is talking about this yet. In her lawsuit, Carroll didn’t sue The Trump Organization as a codefendant, instead she sued Traitor Tot personally. Which means that if the verdict passes appeal, FrankenTrump can’t use Trump Organization funds to pay off the settlement, it has to come out of his personal pockets. And Trump has made a career of finding ways to pay himself a meager salary, and charge almost all of his personal expenses back to the company. I’m not honestly sure at this point that the schmuck actually has $5 million simoleons in his personal poke. And you can’t wipe out a summary legal judgment by declaring personal bankruptcy. Come on Pampers President. Put on your big boy pants and fork it over. $5 million in long green. Life among the stupid is so satisfying.