Here We Go-> Former Campaign Staffer Claims in Lawsuit Trump Kissed Her Without Consent – White House Responds
Alleged victim Alva Johnson; photo via the Washington Post
Here we go — the Trump Russia canard is crumbling so the media has drummed up another fake scandal to harass President Trump.
Alva Johnson, 43, a former staffer to Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign claims he kissed her without consent at a small gathering just before a Florida rally, an encounter she says still haunts her and causes her anguish.
And she wants money!
The Washington Post reported:
In interviews with The Washington Post, and in the lawsuit, Alva Johnson said Trump grabbed her hand and leaned in to kiss her on the lips as he exited an RV outside the rally in Tampa on Aug. 24, 2016. Johnson said she turned her head and the unwanted kiss landed on the side of her mouth, which she called “super-creepy and inappropriate.”
“I immediately felt violated because I wasn’t expecting it or wanting it,” she said. “I can still see his lips coming straight for my face.”
Johnson said she told her boyfriend, mother and stepfather about the incident later that day, an account all three confirmed to The Post. Two months later, Johnson consulted a Florida attorney about the unwanted kiss; he gave The Post text messages showing that he considered her “credible” but did not take her case for business reasons. The attorney gave Johnson the name of a therapist, whose notes, which The Post reviewed, reference an unspecified event during the campaign that had left her distraught.
The White House responded to the allegations.
In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders dismissed Johnson’s allegation as “absurd on its face.”
“This never happened and is directly contradicted by multiple highly credible eye witness accounts,” she wrote.
Two people Ms. Johnson alleges to have witnessed the encounter, a campaign staffer and then-Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi both denied seeing the kiss, in an interview with the Washington Post.
Alva Johnson is seeking unspecified damages for emotional pain and suffering and claims she just can’t move on with her life because she is so distraught.
“I’ve tried to let it go,” Alva Johnson said, beginning to cry. “You want to move on with your life. I don’t sleep. I wake up at 4 in the morning looking at the news. I feel guilty. The only thing I did was show up for work one day.”
According to The Post, Alva Johnson moved to seal a years-old court case in which two family members had sought a restraining order against her shortly after she began lawyer shopping for this suit against Donald Trump.
Alva Johnson said she’s a registered Democrat who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and in 2012 — but became interested in the Trump campaign because of a politically active Republican family member.
Ms. Johnson claims she met Donald Trump at a Birmingham rally in November of 2015 where she alleges Trump “looked her up and down,” and said, “Oh, beautiful, beautiful, fantastic,” according to the lawsuit.
Ms. Johnson says she still took a job as the campaign’s director of outreach despite Donald Trump allegedly ogling her.
Here’s how it all went down via the Washington Post (try not to laugh):
Wearing a dark suit and red tie, carrying an umbrella, Trump walked up to the RV as Johnson stood back and took video. “Good job, boss,” she said as he greeted supporters, according to footage she provided to The Post.
Johnson brought volunteers into the RV to take pictures with Trump. She noticed that Trump was attempting to make eye contact with her, she said in the interviews and lawsuit. When it was time for the rally, Johnson said Trump passed her as he exited the RV.
“I’ve been on the road for you since March, away from my family,” she told him, according to the lawsuit. “You’re doing an awesome job. Go in there and kick ass.”
Trump grasped her hand, thanked her for her work and leaned in, she said.
“Oh, my God, I think he’s going to kiss me,” she said in an interview, describing the moment. “He’s coming straight for my lips. So I turn my head, and he kisses me right on corner of my mouth, still holding my hand the entire time. Then he walks on out.”
She said she stood there, feeling humiliated, and Bondi gave her a smile as she walked out of the RV. Karen Giorno, director of the Florida campaign, grabbed Johnson’s elbow and gave it a tug, Johnson said in the interviews and lawsuit.
Ms. Johnson claims that a few weeks after Donald Trump forced a kiss on her, the Billy Bush ‘grab her by the pussy’ tape was released and it traumatized her and she began having nightmares.
“I felt sick to my stomach,” she said. “That was what he did to me.”
Alva Johnson was so traumatized that she attended one of the inaugural balls and twice applied for jobs in the Trump administration.
Ms. Johnson actually sounds more like a stalker who is infatuated with Donald Trump and perhaps disgruntled because she was passed over for a job rather than a victim of sexual assault.