CNN host Kaitlin Collins asked Trump whether the recent verdict in the E. Jean Carroll civil sexual assault case “disqualifies him” from becoming president again. The leading GOP presidential candidate began by unequivocally denying the allegations and hitting out at Carroll, drawing laughs from the crowd.
“A Manhattan jury found that you sexually abused E. Jean Caroll and defamed her, you’ve denied this; but what do you say to voters who say this disqualifies you from becoming president?” Collins asked. “Well there aren’t too many of them because my poll numbers just came out and they went up,” Trump replied, drawing laughs and applause.
“I’m the only person in history who had a charge like that,” Trump said of the case. Carroll could not recall the year or date in which the alleged assault happened and was only able to sue due to a recently enacted New York law that widely expanded the statute of limitations for such cases. The law was introduced and passed with the help of Carroll herself and her lawyers.
“My poll numbers went up, and they went up with the other fake charge too. Because what’s happening is they’re doing this for election interference,” Trump said. “This woman, I don’t know her, I never met her, I have no idea who she is.”
The former president then revealed that Carroll once called a black man an “ape” and had a cat named “vagina,” a piece of information that was not allowed in court.