One of the most controversial and talked about topics the past week involves allegations of Trump assaulting women. A woman named Jessica Leeds came forward to share that she was supposedly assaulted by Trump on a plane many years ago. Here’s part of how she recounts the story, per the New York Times:
More than three decades ago, when she was a traveling businesswoman at a paper company, Ms. Leeds said, she sat beside Mr. Trump in the first-class cabin of a flight to New York. They had never met before.
About 45 minutes after takeoff, she recalled, Mr. Trump lifted the armrest and began to touch her.
According to Ms. Leeds, Mr. Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt.
“He was like an octopus,” she said. “His hands were everywhere.”
She fled to the back of the plane. “It was an assault,” she said.
Well, it appears that Trump campaign spokesperson Katrina Pierson can definitively prove that this never happened. How? Because first class armrests can’t be raised. Here’s what she said in a CNN interview, per Vox:
We’re talking about the early 1980s, Don, seriously? Back then you had planes — what, a DC-9, a DC-10, an MD-80, a 707, and maybe an L-1011. But she said specifically that this was to New York. This is important, so we can X-out the DC-10 and the L-1011. Guess what? First class seats have fixed armrests.
And here’s the clip:
THE AVIATION DEFENSE BY KATRINA PIERSON!!! pic.twitter.com/iKXEBY2dTW
— sam esfandiari (@samesfandiari) October 13, 2016
So on one hand I’m impressed that she can name five planes that were common back then. Is Katrina Pierson actually an aviation geek, or did she research this specifically to (try to) debunk this allegation?
On the other hand, for the amount of airplane knowledge she has, she sure is off base, suggesting that since the flight was to New York it couldn’t have been a DC-10 or L-1011. Those planes certainly were flying to New York at the time.
She’s basically suggesting that since the supposed victim claimed Trump raised the armrest, and since those planes don’t have movable armrests in first class, she must be lying. I’m not sure that entire airplane history lesson was needed at all, given that virtually all US first class products don’t have movable armrests between seats, and that has mostly been the case for decades as far as I know.
So is Katrina Pierson just an aviation geek who wanted to show off, or…?
(Tip of the hat to @pir8z40)