Trump Denies Rape Claim by Calling Accuser 'Not My Type'

The president has used the assertion before in the face of misconduct claims.

President Trump is under fire for saying that the woman accusing him of rape is "not my type."

Prominent journalist E. Jean Carroll has accused Trump of raping her in a dressing room of a Manhattan department store in late 1995 or early 1996. She wrote in New York magazine that Trump pushed her against a wall and pulled down her tights, “forcing his fingers around my private area, thrust[ing] his penis halfway — or completely, I’m not certain — inside me.”

Trump has denied the claim several times, going so far as to say to The Hill, "I’ll say it with great respect. No. 1, she's not my type. No. 2, it never happened."  

The remark is being compared to his 2016 denial that he groped former stockbroker Jessica Leeds during an airline flight more than 30 years ago.

At the time of the accusation, he said, “Believe me she would not be my first choice. That I can tell you. Man. You don't know. That would not be my first choice."

Responding to Trump's insistence that she is not his type, Carroll said on “Anderson Cooper 360” Monday night, “I love that. I am so glad I’m not his type.”

She added that the encounter she claims she had with Trump “was not sexual. It hurt, you know?” 

Carroll, 75, also addresses the situation in her upcoming book, “What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal."