A woman accusing President Donald Trump of groping her appeared on “Today” with Megyn Kelly to share her story in the face of repeated smears by Trump.
Mindy McGillivray says she was just 23 years old when she helped her friend, photographer Ken Davidoff, take photos at a celebrity-filled event at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
She said she was recording names for her friend so he could keep track of who he had photographed. She found herself standing backstage with Trump and Melania, as well as Regis Philbin and his wife.
“The next thing you know, I feel a grab on my right side [of my buttocks], so, I quickly turn to look at what this is,” she recalled. “I initially think this is Ken’s camera bag, but to my surprise, it’s Donald. He’s standing a foot-and-a-half away from me, so his hand had to reach out and touch me. I look at his face, he’s looking stone-cold, just stoic, at Ray Charles. And I stand there, I’m stunned. I’m speechless. I don’t know what to do or say in that moment.”
“If [Trump] had accidentally nudged me, then he could have said ‘excuse me,’ but he said nothing,” she recounted. “He knew what he did, and I could see it in his face, the look of guilt.”
She said the grab made her “feel like I was small and inferior; I was objectified. I was sick to my stomach.”
McGilliivray says she immediately told Davidoff what had happened.
“I said, ‘Donald just grabbed my caboose,’ and he said, ‘What do you want to do about it?’”
She said Davidoff convinced her that “this is not the right time” to deal with it.
Trump accuser Melinda McGillivray explains on @MegynTODAY that she thought alleged grab by Trump was her friend’s camera bag brushing against her but then realized it was Trump pic.twitter.com/X4tS4kgvmX
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 12, 2017
When McGillivray came forward last year, Davidoff confirmed her side of the story.
“[He] vividly remembers when McGillivray pulled him aside moments after the alleged incident and told him, ‘Donald just grabbed my ass!’” the Palm Beach Post reported at the time.
McGillivray says she did not complain.
“We high-tailed out of there,” she said. “I didn’t feel like I was going to be heard. I felt like they would protect him.”
Kelly pointed out that Trump tweeted that the women accusing him of a variety of sexual improprieties are liars.
“I don’t want to be called a liar. I’m not a liar,” she said. “I think he’s got the music he’s going to face. It’s time the nation wake up to the reality of what we’re facing.”
“I want justice,” she said. “I’m not happy. Donald is the tip of the iceberg.”
— Megyn Kelly TODAY (@MegynTODAY) December 12, 2017
Her interview comes a day after Kelly interviewed three other Trump accusers: Rachel Crooks, Jessica Leeds, and Samantha Holvey.
Holvey said it was painful to see Trump elected after so many women came forward.
“Women who have lived through this!” she told Kelly. “Everyone has their own story of a man touching them inappropriately. Men, multiple men, this isn’t an incident that happens once in a blue moon this happens daily to women. And for them not to say, ‘You know, that’s wrong. I don’t support that. I’m not voting for that. I don’t want that person to be leading my country.’ That was so painful.”
Holvey said she hopes that the #MeToo movement will encourage people to see the Trump allegations in a new light.
“We’re private citizens, and for us to put ourselves out there to try and show America who this man is and especially how he views women, and for them to say ‘meh, we don’t care,’ it hurts,” she said. “And so now it’s just like alright, let’s try round two. The environment’s different. Let’s try again.”