Six colleagues and close friends who corroborate former PEOPLE writer Natasha Stoynoff’s account of being attacked by Donald Trump in 2005 are now coming forward. Among them is a friend who was with Stoynoff when she ran into Melania Trump later in N.Y.C.
The wife of the Republican nominee denies meeting Stoynoff after the attack, but Stoynoff’s friend Liza Herz remembers being there during the chance meeting.
“They chatted in a friendly way,” Herz, who met Stoynoff in college, says. “And what struck me most was that Melania was carrying a child and wearing heels.”
Trump vigorously denies the story and later attacked Stoynoff on the campaign trail, saying, “She lies! Look at her, I don’t think so.”
Stoynoff describes meeting Melania later year: “I actually bumped into Melania on Fifth Avenue, in front of Trump Tower as she walked into the building, carrying baby Barron. ‘Natasha, why don’t we see you anymore?’ she asked, giving me a hug.”
In a CNN interview with Anderson Cooper on Monday, Melania denied the encounter ever took place.
“The story that came out in PEOPLE magazine, the writer she said my husband took her to the room and started kissing her, she wrote in the same story about me that she saw me on Fifth Avenue, and I said to her ‘Natasha, how come we don’t see you anymore?’ I was never friends with her, I would not recognize her,” she told CNN.
So to be clear, according to the Trump family, every other person reinforcing this story is a liar, and the only people that the voting public should trust is one of them.
Boy does that sound familiar or what?
Not only that but if THIS story has been so clearly proven to be accurate, then you have to really give all of the rest of the stories of sexual harassment and assault the benefit of the doubt as well now.
So what do we think, is Melania just as big of a liar as her husband, or is she suffering from some version of Stockholm Syndrome?
("Blink twice if you are being held against your will Melania." Damn, she's had so much surgery I don't think we can even tell if her eyes blink anymore.)
Of course this will do nothing to change the minds of the Trump sycophants, but for any actual Republican politician who has not yet taken back their endorsement, or is still actively campaigning for him, this should really give them pause and cause them to reconsider being so close to this sinking ship of a campaign before they get dragged to the bottom right along with it.