Barbara Corcoran, of Shark Tank fame, is the most recent woman to say that Donald Trump made inappropriate and lewd comments about her body. Corcoran is the 12th woman to come forward and say the Republican presidential candidate showed no respect her as a woman and talked explicitly about her breasts.
Corcoran told CNN’s Erin Burnett about Trump’s comments during an interview on Thursday. The Shark Tank star didn’t seek out the interview to explicitly bash Trump, but it came up in the conversation when Burnett mentioned Corcoran and Trump’s long-standing relationship and the recent sexual assault accusations against Trump.
“You’ve known Donald Trump for 45 years,” Burnett said. “You’ve been in a lot of situations with him… Do you, overall, believe these accusers?
The businesswoman responded that she absolutely believed Trump’s accusers and said she found it preposterous that the Republican candidate claims he hasn’t perpetrated any crimes. Trump has even denied ever meeting his accusers. Corcoran, who has known Trump for a long time in the business world, said that he has always acted that way.
After Corcoran stated she believed Trump’s accusers, the syndicated columnist also decided to share a personal anecdote about Trump with Burnett. However, Corcoran prefaced the story by saying she didn’t want to sound like she was gossiping. Even if it were gossip, Corcoran’s story sounded realistic considering the accounts of other women who have met Trump.
“I’ve never been in a room with him alone except on one occasion. I was pregnant with my first child at the time, and so was his second wife,” Corcoran said. “He compared my breast size to his wife by putting his hands in the air. I was in a business meeting! I was shocked.”
In addition to ABC’s Shark Tank, Corcoran is an accomplished investor, author, and business entrepreneur who has been active her entire adult life. The 67-year-old has business acumen and is able to speak from a more intimate understanding of Donald Trump than some of his accusers. Corcoran stated that she was shocked about Trump commenting on her breasts but aware that her story is considerably tamer than the other accusations against him.
“How would I have felt if I had been a young woman and not a successful businesswoman and been in a situation like that?” Corcoran told Burnett, “I would have felt very compromised.”
Eleven women have come forward accusing Trump of sexual misconduct or sexually inappropriate behavior over the years. During the beginning of October, a “hot mic” tape of Trump and Access Hollywood host Billy Bush talking about sexual assault sent Trump’s campaign spinning. In the video, Trump told Bush he would grab women “by the p***y” and that women would let him do whatever he wanted because he was a star.
The flood of accusers didn’t pick up momentum until after the second presidential debate, where Trump tried to defend himself after the release of the Access Hollywood recording.
The Republican nominee denied sexually assaulting women and maintained, “No one has more respect for women than I do.”
However, when his alleged victims saw this statement, they were spurred to action.
Trump’s accusers have spanned over decades, including a woman he allegedly molested on a first-class flight in the 80s and a former Apprentice star who says Trump made unwanted advances in the mid-2000s.
Since 11 women have accused him of sexual misconduct, Trump has gone on the defensive. During an address in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Trump vowed to sue all of his accusers when the election was over. The Republican nominee has repeatedly denied the allegations against him with statements that disparage the looks of his accusers. Since the release of the Access Hollywood tape, Trump has dropped in the polls and has yet to recover.
Although even Corcoran said her story was “tame” by Trump standards it still demonstrates Trump’s wanton disregard for women and their bodily sovereignty. Corcoran is the most recent in a long line of accusers, but the month before Election Day has not been kind to Trump, so more stories may emerge as voting day draws near.
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