Despite his win against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump has a 40-year track record of taking on women and losing. Trump’s feelings about women were well known before the Access Hollywood tapes were ever leaked to the press. Whether it’s his many statements to Howard Stern over the years, his comments about women being criminally prosecuted for having abortions, or his taunts about how women look and the fact that they menstruate (shocker!), Trump has decades of disdain for women’s lives. On a day when Trump ridiculed a female reporter, eliciting laughs from the crowd of men behind him, let’s revisit the women who stood up to Trump.
15. Barbara Res
Trump and his admirers frequently cite Barbara Res as an example of his lack of sexism. Trump hired Res in the 1980’s when women were rarely at the forefront of the construction industry. But Res did not support Donald Trump for president. She described him as a “supreme sexist.” She said he detailed his philosophy of women in the workplace as “women had to work harder and be smarter and were willing to work harder than men.
14. Jill Harth
Jill Harth filed a complaint against Trump for attempted rape in 1997. Harth was a makeup artist who had to fend off multiple sexual advances until one day he allegedly did the following. “He pushed me up against the wall, and had his hands all over me and tried to get up my dress again,” Harth said, “and I had to physically say: ‘What are you doing? Stop it.’ It was a shocking thing to have him do this because he knew I was with George, he knew they were in the next room. And how could he be doing this when I’m there for business?”
Harth intended not to discuss the allegation publicly until Trump and his daughter Ivanka were asked about it during the presidential campaign, with Trump calling her allegations “meritless” and Ivanka saying her father “is not a groper.”
13. Nancy O’Dell
Former TV host Nancy O’Dell was a host of Entertainment Tonight,. The infamous Access Hollywood Tapes featured Trump bragging to Billy Bush about how he was trying to hit on O’Dell and how he groped women without their consent. O’Dell wasted no time condemning his remarks. “When I heard the comments yesterday, it was disappointing to hear such objectification of women. The conversation needs to change because no female, no person, should be the subject of such crass comments, whether or not cameras are rolling.”
12. Summer Zervos
Of the several lawsuits pending against Trump, the Zervos lawsuit could be the most dangerous. A former contestant on The Apprentice, she said Trump groped her and forcibly kissed her in 2007. When Trump called her a liar, she sued him for defamation. After legal wrangling, Trump has been ordered to answer questions and may be compelled to sit for a deposition, where he will need to answer under oath.
11. Sally Yates
Former deputy attorney general Sally Yates was briefly acting attorney general shortly after Trump was inaugurated. When he enacted his controversial ban on travel by Muslims, Yates refused to defend the law because she believed it was unconstitutional. She refused to implement an unlawful order and Trump fired Yates.
10. Jessica Drake
Adult film actress Jessica Drake met Donald Trump at a golf tournament in 2006. She alleges that he propositioned her. “When we entered the room, he grabbed each of us tightly in a hug and kissed each one of us without asking permission,” Drake said. “He was wearing pajamas. A bodyguard was also present. He asked me about details on my job as an adult film star—about shooting porn, and he also asked us about our personal relationships and whether we were married or single.” The incident happened not long after Melania Trump gave birth to their son.
9. Megyn Kelly
Megyn Kelly was Fox News’ golden girl until she dared to ask a serious question during the primaries. During one of the first Republican debates, she asked him about his history of making demeaning comments about women. He then proved her right, attacking her for a week in demeaning terms. This includes making a reference to Kelly “bleeding from her wherever,” re-tweeting Trump fan who said she was a “bimbo” and then later failng to show up to a debate where she was the moderator.
8. Temple Taggart McDowell
Temple Taggart McDowell represented Utah as a 21-year-old in the 1997 Miss USA pageant in Shreveport, which Trump hosted. She said that during their first introduction he forcibly kissed her on the lips. She alleged that the second time they met, he again forcibly kissed her, this time in front of Trump Tower employees. Trump denied knowing her, but he has taken a photograph with her.
7. Karena Virginia
Yoga instructor Karena Virginia said that she was waiting for car service after attending the U.S. Open in 1998 when Trump approached.
“I was quite surprised when I overheard him talking to the other men about me. He said, ‘Hey, look at this one, we haven’t seen her before. Look at those legs.’ As though I was an object, rather than a person. He then walked up to me and reached his right arm and grabbed my right arm, then his hand touched the right inside of my breast. I was in shock. I flinched,” she said. Then he asked her, “Don’t you know who I am? Don’t you know who I am?” she said.
Trump said her comments about the encounter were “fiction.”
6. Rev. Faith Green Timmons
The Flint Water Crisis has received all too little attention in the media over the last five years, during which time its residents have not had clean water. When Rev. Faith Timmons invited Trump to speak to her Flint congregation during the election, she did it on the condition that he address himself to Flint, not to politics. Trump quickly attacked Hillary Clinton, so Timmons interrupted his rant. “Mr. Trump, I invited you here to thank us for what we’ve done for Flint, not to give a political speech,” she said. Trump complied with her request but later on, when she was no longer in the same room with him, derided her as “a nervous mess.”
5. Jessica Leeds
Jessica Leeds was a traveling paper saleswoman in the 1970’s and 1980’s when she crossed paths with Donald Trump on an airplane. “They served a dinner. After the dinner was cleared he began encroaching on my side of the seat,” Leeds told NPR. “Mr. Trump started coming over to me and groping me and trying to embrace me. And then his hands started going up my skirt.” Leeds said the assault lasted several minutes and that at the time women didn’t complain about those kinds of things. Trump denied her allegations.
4. Natasha Stoynoff
Yet another woman has a story of being groped and kissed by Trump. Journalist Natasha Stoynoff worked for People magazine in 2005. She said he forcibly kissed her when she was interviewing him about his first anniversary with Melania. Trump denied it, but also got in a shot at her looks:
”Take a look, you take a look. Look at her, look at her words, you tell me what you think. I don’t think so.”
3. Rep. Frederica Wilson
Florida Rep. Wilson has tangled with Trump frequently. First she spoke out against Trump’s conduct on a condolence call to the widow of one of her constituents, Myeshia Johnson, by stating that her husband David Johnson “knew what he was signing up for.” Trump bashed Wilson for listening in on the call, but David Johnson was a friend of Rep. Wilson. After Trump called Omarosa a “dog,” Wilson spoke out again about his inappropriate remarks. Johnson was killed on a mysterious mission in Niger that has yet to be fully investigated.
2. Mindy McGillivray
Mindy McGillivray said she wants “justice” for the time Trump allegedly groped her at Mar-A-Lago in 2003. She did not report it to the authorities at the time but told friends and family.
Photographer Ken Davidoff backed her up, saying that remembers her telling him “Donald Trump just grabbed my ***.”
1. Cathy Heller
Like McGillivray, Cathy Heller was introduced to Trump at Mar-A-Lago and she claimed he grabbed her and then forced a kiss on her. “He was really angry,” she told People Magazine. “He really grabbed me and was holding me really tight to kiss me on the mouth.”
Trump denies all of the allegations against him.