While President Trump does hold the distinction of being the first man elected President with neither political or military experience, that doesn’t mean that he hasn’t seen a thing or two.
After all, we’re talking about a man of considerable import, who has been the gatekeeper of New York City real estate for decades. There was no way to avoid the Trump “brand” even before he was elected leader of the free world. Now it would take an act of quantum physics to not know who he is.
Oh, and he’s pretty wealthy. Tell ’em, Donny:
It goes without saying that Donald Trump is one of those men who knows people. And those people aren’t always the most ordinary. He’s in another echelon from the rest of us in that regard, being able to navigate the bizarre and off-putting world of the 1% with ease.
So, when it came to former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Trump has never been one to mince his words. All the way back in 2013, the future Commander in Chief was lambasting the perverse politico.
Weiner is gone, Spitzer is gone – next will be lightweight A.G. Eric Schneiderman. Is he a crook? Wait and see, worse than Spitzer or Weiner
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2013
Trump certainly seems to know the real Eric Schneiderman, huh?
Schneiderman’s accusers belied some horrific tales to The New Yorker.
Now Schneiderman is facing a reckoning of his own. As his prominence as a voice against sexual misconduct has risen, so, too, has the distress of four women with whom he has had romantic relationships or encounters. They accuse Schneiderman of having subjected them to nonconsensual physical violence. All have been reluctant to speak out, fearing reprisal. But two of the women, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, have talked to The New Yorker on the record, because they feel that doing so could protect other women. They allege that he repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, frequently in bed and never with their consent. Manning Barish and Selvaratnam categorize the abuse he inflicted on them as “assault.” They did not report their allegations to the police at the time, but both say that they eventually sought medical attention after having been slapped hard across the ear and face, and also choked. Selvaratnam says that Schneiderman warned her he could have her followed and her phones tapped, and both say that he threatened to kill them if they broke up with him. (Schneiderman’s spokesperson said that he “never made any of these threats.”)
A third former romantic partner of Schneiderman’s told Manning Barish and Selvaratnam that he also repeatedly subjected her to nonconsensual physical violence, but she told them that she is too frightened of him to come forward. (TheNew Yorker has independently vetted the accounts that they gave of her allegations.) A fourth woman, an attorney who has held prominent positions in the New York legal community, says that Schneiderman made an advance toward her; when she rebuffed him, he slapped her across the face with such force that it left a mark that lingered the next day. She recalls screaming in surprise and pain, and beginning to cry, and says that she felt frightened. She has asked to remain unidentified, but shared a photograph of the injury with The New Yorker.
Schneiderman’s unfortunately worded response alluded to the possibility that some of the “nonconsensual” sex was “role playing”, instead of flatly denying that there could have been any misunderstanding between him and his partner.
The liberal left is likely to gloss over this fact in their reporting on the case, opting instead to work with a limited number of words from within the full statement.