Well over a year after sexual harassment and assault allegations piled up against Donald Trump during the presidential election, three of his harassment victims spoke out again this week, during a press conference and a segment on Megyn Kelly Today, demanding a congressional investigation into the president’s behavior. On Monday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refuted the women’s allegations by suggesting they were liars—and immediately one woman pushed back.
Former Miss USA contestant Samantha Holvey told CNN Monday night that she first met Trump in 2006 during a media tour in New York, where Trump proceeded to look over the contestants “like we were pieces of meat.” Then, while getting ready for hair and makeup, Trump walked into the contestants getting changed.
“I saw him walk into the dressing room, just like he has bragged about on Howard Stern,” she said on CNN. “He brags about this. It’s not that I”m accusing him. I’m simply verifying what he himself has said.”
Which is true. In 2005, Trump told Howard Stern that he would regularly walk in on women changing backstage, boasting that he’s “allowed to go in” because he owns the pageant.
Sanders said during her Monday briefing that the White House has “empathy for any individual who has been sexually harassed,” but Holvey isn’t buying it.
“It’s funny that they say they have empathy, but first they call us liars,” she told CNN. “So which one is it? And if I’m a liar, I’m just verifying what he said.”