In the fallout of the revolting details of the Jeffrey Epstein case, it hasn’t just been Donald Trump’s friendship with the mogul-turned-serial child rapist that has come under scrutiny, but as human justice would have it, some of the President’s own behavior in the past as well. One can scarcely open a website without reading about the “just Trump and Epstein” party with 28 young women or being reminded of Trump’s disgusting quote about Epstein “enjoying his social life” by fraternizing with underage girls.
It stands to reason, then, that Trump might be (finally) looked at through the same lens as a man with whom he clearly shared so many habits and tendencies.
That’s why the personal tale from former Miss Arizona Tasha Dixon should have been a cautionary one for Americans before electing a monster like Trump. She’s the young woman who competed in Trump’s Miss USA beauty pageant back in 2001 and told the world just before the 2016 election of her experiences with the owner of the contest when she and other contestants were backstage.
Dixon came forward shortly after the release of the Access Hollywood audio and videotapes that showed Trump making lewd remarks about women, bragging about sexually assaulting women, and even preparing to do the same to a woman that he was about to meet with. And while that footage was horrifying enough, for many of us, it was Dixon’s tale that seemed somehow even creepier:
Our first introduction to him was when we were at the dress rehearsal and half naked changing into our bikinis. He just came strolling right in. There was no second to put a robe on or any sort of clothing or anything. Some girls were topless. Other girls were naked.”
That certainly fits the description that Trump biographer Tim O’Brien gave on MSNBC today when he was swatting down Trump’s attempts to distance himself from Epstein. O’Brien told a panel on the cable network, “I think his sole reason for buying the pageant, it was not a business decision, it was an access to women decision.”
But Ms. Dixon went on to describe something even more invasive:
[We felt awkward when] the owner come waltzing in when we were naked or half naked in a very physically vulnerable position and then to have the pressure of the people that worked for him telling us to go fawn all over him, go walk up to him, talk to him, get his attention.”
And the public is given absolutely no reason to disbelieve the former contestant, given Trump’s own statements on Howard Stern’s radio program, on which the future president was a regular guest:
Trump: I’ll go backstage before a show and everyone’s getting dressed and ready and everything else. And you know, no men are anywhere. And I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the pageant. And therefore, I’m inspecting it. You know I’m inspecting it. I want to make sure everything is good.
Stern: You’re like a doctor.
Trump: Is everyone OK? You know they’re standing there with no clothes. Is everybody OK? And you see these incredible looking women. And so I sort of get away with things like that.”
It sounds to me like Trump doth protest too much when it comes to his attempts to deny a relationship — or in fact, his shared tastes for young women — with Jeffrey Epstein.
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