‘I am not a liar,’ local Trump accuser tells national talk show


A Palm Springs woman who last year accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct in 2003 shared her story again today on a national television show and called for an ethics investigation into similar allegations against Trump by 15 other women.

“He can’t get away with this,” Melinda McGillivray said on NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today, a day after three other Trump accusers repeated their stories again for Kelly.

“If 16 women have come forward why hasn’t anything been done? Where’s our investigation?”

In a 10-minute interview, McGillivray broke down in tears when she recounted the backlash she felt after going public with her accusations in October 2016, first in an interview with The Palm Beach Post and later with other media outlets.

“One of the roughest years of my life,” she said. “This is therapeutic for me. I have to open up. I did this for myself, for my daughter, for my country. People need to know the truth.”

Trump denied the accusations last year and again in a tweet this morning, reacting to three other accusers who had shared their stories with Kelly on Monday:

“Despite thousands of hours wasted and many millions of dollars spent, the Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia — so now they are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met. FAKE NEWS!”

Asked by Kelly for her reaction to the tweet, McGillivray said: “I don’t want to be called a liar. I am not a liar. I think he’s got to face the music. It’s time the nation wakes up to the reality of what we’re facing.”

On Monday, more than 50 female Democratic lawmakers asked the House oversight committee to investigate the sexual misconduct allegations against Trump. U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, is leading the effort. 

McGillivray said she was 23 when she attended a Ray Charles concert at Mar-a-Lago. She said she was standing in a receiving line after the show.

“The next thing you know I feel a grab on my right side,” she told Kelly, explaining that she initially thought she bumped into a photographer’s camera bag.

“To my surprise, it’s Donald. And he’s standing a foot and half away from me, so his hand had to reach out and touch me.”

McGillivray said she couldn’t believe Trump wound up getting elected. She also told Kelly that she has been held accountable for her mistakes, including a DUI arrest.

Trump should be held accountable, too, she said.

“I can’t believe a guy like that can make into the highest office and be revered as this leader. I can’t look up to a man like that,” she said. “I think we need to have higher standards in this country.”

Kelly’s interviews with the Trump accusers comes amid a national reckoning over sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men in fields such as politics, entertainment and media.

While Trump won election, other men have been fired or suspended, including movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, and NBC’s Matt Lauer. Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota and Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., last week said they will leave Congress because of mounting allegations against them.



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