Back in February, a former Trump staffer named Alva Johnson sued Donald Trump for kissing her without her consent during the 2016 campaign. Unfortunately for her, a few months later we all saw the video.
That was it. That was the entire encounter. Maybe five seconds, in the middle of meeting and greeting lots of other people. And Johnson continued to praise and compliment Trump as he was walking away. She had no problem with it whatsoever.
It wasn’t rape. It wasn’t sexual misconduct of any kind. It was literally a kiss on the cheek. It was certainly less problematic than most of Joe Biden’s public interactions with women.
Now I have one less frivolous lawsuit to blog about. Olivia Messer, Daily Beast:
The former Trump campaign staffer who accused the president of forcibly kissing her during an August 2016 rally has decided to drop her lawsuit.
“I’m fighting against a person with unlimited resources, and repeatedly the judicial system has failed to find fault in his behavior,” Alva Johnson, 44, told The Daily Beast on Wednesday…
Though Johnson doesn’t appear shaken in the video, she has repeatedly said that she did not fully appreciate the interaction until she heard the now-infamous audio recording from the Access Hollywood tape in October 2016, when Trump bragged that he used his fame to forcibly kiss and grab women “by the pussy.”
In other words, Trump gave her a non-sexual, non-threatening kiss on the cheek, and she wasn’t bothered by it at all until months later. She didn’t think anything of it until the news told her she should. Trump didn’t do anything bad to her, but she retroactively decided he did because… #MeToo.
Unfortunately, there are far too many authentic victims of sexual assault, and Ms. Johnson has done them no favors with this nonsense. She and Christine Blasey Ford were exploited by the Democrats for political purposes, and then they were discarded because they were no longer useful.
Speaking of which: Whatever happened to E. Jean Carroll? That whole thing completely disappeared, didn’t it? You’d think our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters in the press would still be talking about it, if anybody actually believed her story.