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UN Ambassador Suggests Trump's Accusers 'Should Be Heard'

Women who have been sexually abused should reveal their stories, even if they concern President Trump, according to United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.

The Daily Mail reported that on Sunday, Haley was asked on CBS’ “Face the Nation” how Americans should “assess the accusers of the president.” She responded: “Women who accuse anyone should be heard. They should be heard, and they should be dealt with.”

Earlier in the interview, the ambassador said she was “incredibly proud of the women who have come forward” with allegations against other famous men. She added: “I’m proud of their strength, I'm proud of their courage, and I think that the idea that this is happening, I think it will start to bring a conscience to the situation, not just in politics, but in – we have seen in Hollywood and in every industry. And I think the time has come.”

CBS host John Dickerson then pressed Haley on whether her statement applied to the president. “I mean, the same thing,” she replied. More than a dozen women spoke out during last year’s race for the White House, accusing Trump of having sexually harassed or assaulted them over the years. Since taking office, the president has faced additional allegations.

Unlike some of the other powerful men charged with sexual misconduct, Trump calls his accusers liars and continues to dispute their stories. However, in a 2005 recording of an “Access Hollywood” television show that surfaced in October 2016, the Republican presidential nominee bragged about inappropriately kissing and touching women. He said that because he had become famous as the host of “The Apprentice” and other programs, he could “do anything” to women, even “grab ‘em by the p***y.”

Trump survived the scandal and won the election the following month. The Daily Mail noted that he did his best to change the public narrative by focusing on the alleged sexual misconduct of Bill Clinton. The former president had a notorious affair with a young White House intern, and several other women have accused him of assault. Trump told voters during the final weeks of the 2016 campaign that his opponent, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, had colluded with her husband to cover up his crimes.

The pressure on Trump to acknowledge his behavior has increased in the wake of sex-abuse scandals in Congress, business and the entertainment industry. Two prominent members of the U.S. Senate, Minnesota’s Al Franken and Michigan’s John Conyers, resigned last week after multiple women levied charges against them. Film producer Harvey Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey, “Today” show host Matt Lauer and others have seen their careers shattered by accusations of sexual misconduct.

Dickerson, wondering why Trump has not been held accountable, asked Haley: “Does the election mean that’s a settled issue?” The ambassador replied: “You know, that’s for the people to decide. I know that he was elected, but women should always feel comfortable coming forward. And we should all be willing to listen to them.”

On Tuesday, Alabama voters will decide the political fate of another Republican who is under fire for allegations of sexual abuse. Roy Moore is trying to win a special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat that Jeff Sessions vacated when he became the nation’s attorney general earlier this year.

Source: Daily Mail, Newsmax
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