Alva Johnson, a former aide for the 2016 Trump election campaign, has accused the president of sexual harassment during her time working for him. The 43-year-old broke her silence in a sit down with MSNBC Tuesday night.
Johnson told MSNBC about an August 2016 incident where she claimed Trump forcibly kissed her. As she said in her lawsuit, Johnson alleged she turned her head to avoid Trump’s lips but the kiss landed on the side of her mouth. Johnson said she “felt reduced to just another object” of Trump’s “unwanted sexual attention.”
She explained to Chris Hayes, “I was just kinda frozen. I didn’t know how to process it. I knew it was inappropriate because I worked in human resources. So I knew that it was completely inappropriate,” Johnson continued. “It was gross and creepy. Like I could sometimes still see those lips.”
When asked why she didn’t come forward sooner, she claimed she was under a non-disclosure agreement. However, she wanted her freedom back and felt guilty for helping to legitimize the president. Johnson began to tear up when she mentioned the #MeToo movement.
“Then you have him mocking women with the #MeToo movement, making fun of them and for me, I’m sitting there and I’m like, this is exactly what you did to me, and I don’t want to keep my mouth shut,” she said.
Johnson also describer her reaction to the October 2016 release of the infamous “Access Hollywood” tapes where Trump can be heard bragging about getting away with sexual assault because he’s a celebrity.
“When I heard the audio, I was, like, screaming in my car. I’m like, ‘oh my God, that’s exactly what he did to me,’” she said. “Like, he literally described exactly what he did to me, minus the grab the ‘P.'”
Watch the full interview below:
Trump’s team, of course, has denied all allegations.
“This accusation is absurd on its face,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders babbled in a statement. “This never happened and is directly contradicted by multiple, highly credible eyewitness accounts.”
Trump campaign spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany ranted, “The Trump campaign has never discriminated based on race, ethnicity, gender or any other basis. Any allegation suggesting otherwise is off-base and unfounded.” Witnesses in Trump’s camp deny all of Johnson’s allegations.
If you are wondering why the Alabama native even joined the campaign of sexist, racist and accused sexual predator, her logic was, “She thought Trump’s business acumen would help poor Black residents in her home state. She said she was feeling disillusioned by President Barack Obama, for whom she voted in 2008 and 2012.”
In a May 2017 Alabama radio interview, she said, “He is more incredible in person than I think you would even think as you see him on TV… He’s just the nicest guy. … He treats everyone as if they are a part of his family.” She allegedly was expecting to be given a job as “second-in-command” at the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon.
Her lawyer explains this quote by saying she was locked into a nondisclosure agreement at the time and was “saying what she thought Trump and his supporters wanted.”