Plenty of reason to doubt the Jessica Leeds story about Trump

Here is the New York Times story of the claim by Jessica Leeds that Trump made inappropriate advances to her in an airplane 30 years ago:

Donald J. Trump was emphatic in the second presidential debate: Yes, he had boasted about kissing women without permission and grabbing their genitals. But he had never actually done those things, he said.

“No,” he declared under questioning on Sunday evening, “I have not.”

At that moment, sitting at home in Manhattan, Jessica Leeds, 74, felt he was lying to her face. “I wanted to punch the screen,” she said in an interview in her apartment.

More than three decades ago, when she was a traveling businesswoman at a paper company, Ms. Leeds said, she sat beside Mr. Trump in the first-class cabin of a flight to New York. They had never met before.

About 45 minutes after takeoff, she recalled, Mr. Trump lifted the armrest and began to touch her.

According to Ms. Leeds, Mr. Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt.

“He was like an octopus,” she said. “His hands were everywhere.”

She fled to the back of the plane. “It was an assault,” she said.

Ms. Leeds has told the story to at least four people close to her, who also spoke with The New York Times.

[Bold added, not part of the original story.]

First of all, Ms. Leeds claims she was seated next to Trump in the first class cabin. Never in any plane flown in the last 30 years does the armrest raise as it does in coach class. Unilike coach the first class seats are about 50% wider. Each has either two armrests which do not raise or there is a divider between the seats that is about 5” wide and does not raise.

The claim that she fled first class to the back of the plane lacks verisimilitude. The first class flight attendants at that time were highly attentive to the first class passengers. First class passengers 30 years ago were treated like visiting royalty. If one suddenly jumped up and ran to the back of the plane it would have caused a sensation. It would have been a very dig deal. The first class flight attendant would have made a report of that sort of incident and would have been on Ms. Leeds heels to find out what was wrong. Her complaint would have been included in the report and we would have heard the sordid story on the evening news that very night.  American culture has coarsened a great deal since then, but even today the story would make news.

A caller to the Rush Limbaugh show on Friday made a good point. A former flight attendant, she said that if a man attempted to put his hand up a woman’s skirt on an airplane, everyone on the plane would know it unless the woman was allowing it. Any woman would be shocked out of her mind if a stranger on an airplane attempted to run his hand up her skirt and the entire airplance would know it in a heartbeat. Most if not all women would recoil in horror at such a thing as that.

Even 30 years ago Donald Trump was a public figure and Trump Tower in Manhattan was a tourist attraction. If Trump had done what Jessica Leeds now claims we’d all have heard of it long ago. It is much too inflamatory to have been dormant in Ms. Leeds mind for the last 30 years.

As for the claim that Ms. Leeds told the story to at least four of her friends, so what? Moreover, all we have of that is the word of the New York Times, a newspaper that has no credibility when Democrats are part of the story.

I conclude that Jessica Leeds is a pawn for the New York Times and the Hillary Clinton campaign, and this is just another incidence of Hillary Clinton’s mistreatment of women, especially naive women, in an attempt to gain politically against a formidable rival. This is the creepy sort of thing Democrats do when they’re desperate to win an election.

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